I just got back from a great week of fishing in AK. I had some good guides, and I had some “not so good” guides.
Caught a bunch of silvers, and saw some great scenery.
Here’s my advice to ALL Alaska fishing guides, free of charge. No need to thank me.
1. Don’t tell me how good it was last week, last month, or last year. If I’m having a good day, I don’t care. If I’m having a slow day, that’s the last thing I want to hear.
2. Don’t fish. I’m not paying you to fish, I’m paying you to help me fish. You live in Alaska, do it on your own time. Plus when you come home with bigger fish than I have, your tip suffers.
3. Have a personality. If I spend 6 – 8 hours on a boat with a butt-head, how much fun do you think I’m having? I’ve spent the day with a good guide and not caught a thing, but still had a nice time. On the flip side, I limited out with a guy I won’t use again. It’s not all about fish, it’s about customer service.
4. Remember, I’m just a beginner. I’m not the master fisherman you are. That’s why I’m paying you. You may have to show me the same thing 3 or 4 times.
I fished last week with a guy on the Little Su, he was a butt-head. I saw him the next day and tried to be friendly, he acted like he didn’t know me. Guess we won’t be fishing together next year.
For anybody that wants some recommendations for guides on the Little Su or the Deshka, just let me know.