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I know this may sound like sacrilege to some, but I have a non-muskie related fishing trip coming up this Friday to Erie for some steelhead on the fly rod. This will be my first guided trip and I'm curious what the standards are for tipping.
I thought I'd posted this yesterday but I guess I forgot to click submit. Sorry if it posts twice.
May 19, 2004
Matt - My rule of thumb is if he's the owner, he gets nothing extra. If he's working for another guy, then I usually tip him around 15% of the cost. Unless he sucks then he gets a lot less. If he turns you on to a lot of fish and gives you good information, then give him more. It's up to you.
Hope this helps.
I hope the musky gods don't get upset with you.
We may only see what we look for.
June 23, 2004
It's been a few years since I was up to my ass in ice water fishing for those silver bullets. I understand the fishing is outstanding this year.
I usually tip according to how the fishing went. If the guide puts me on a lot of fish, 20% (or even more-depending on his fee) is a fair number. If the guide is a jerk, or his equipment isn't top notch, I might not tip at all. If the guide tried hard, but the fish didn't cooperate, 10% is fair.
Fear the Musky God, for he may smite thine favorite lure!
Capt. Dieter Scheel http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com
March 26, 2004
Oh boy, this topic has been beat to death on alot of other boards.
I think that the tip should be independent of the day's success. If the guide sees to it that you have an enjoyable time and helps you improve as a fisherman, then he has done his job well. I would much rather have a pleasant guide show me techniques and spots on a new lake but not get me any fish than have a jerk put me on a bunch of fish but not do anything to increase my long term success.
Even though the $200-$300 guide fee may seem like alot, consider what it takes to really cover expenses and have enough left over to pay the other bills. Then consider what happens if somebody cancels or if business is slow for a few weeks. Tipping is still voluntary, but unless the guy really didn't do anything at all, he'll still get something from me.