What are the advantages of using a fly fishing guide service?
Are they just for novice fly fishers? How does a fly fisher go about finding one who will provide just the right fly fishing vacation experience? Fly fishing guide services provide a fisher with in depth knowledge and expertise about a specific area which the fisher probably doesn’t have the time to gather for him/herself. They are valuable for fly fishers of all experience levels from the beginner to the expert. Finding a fly fishing guide service that’s the perfect fit for one’s trip requires a combination of research and a little bit of serendipity.
Most fly fishers are passionate about the sport. Many will spend every available free moment practicing their fly fishing skills and poring over hatch reports and fly patterns. If a fly fisher is lucky, he/she may over the course of a lifetime learn the ins and outs of streams in the immediate area. However, only the true professional has the time to do the constant study that is required to know all the best places and the lures that land the big ones time and time again.
Not only can a fly fishing guide service offer insight into the area that a fly fishing hobbyist might not have, a fly fishing guide service also allows a fly fisher to concentrate most of his/her energy on fishing rather than on the details of the trip. A fly fishing guide service can find a back country retreat for the solitary fisher and have the supplies and transportation ready when the person shows up. The same service can also arrange for full service vacation fly fishing trips for large groups of enthusiasts or families looking for a few days away from a hectic home routine. Fly fishing guide services can tailor a trip to any skill level. Those just learning to fly fish can receive extensive lessons throughout the trip. More experienced fly fishers may just want a few tips from the pros for ways to get rid of their bad habits.
In any area of the world where there are good fishing waters, there are good fly fishing guide services. The key is to find one whose services provide the kind of experience for which the fly fisher is searching. For many the best place to start is with an Internet search of fly fishing guide services in the locale to be visited; once a short list of prospective services has been assembled check to make sure that each service has proper credentials and insurance. Once these minimum standards have been met it’s just a matter of matching the skill and interests of the fly fisher with the services provided by each company. A phone call to get a more personal feel for the fly fishing guide service is often a good idea.
As with a beloved river or a favorite fly, it may be that a fly fisher will find a fly fishing guide service that he/she wants to return to year after year. On the other hand, a good experience with one fly fishing guide service may just whet the traveler’s appetite for a similar experience in a different location.