So I just got offered a job at a lodge that charges a whopping $7500 / week and you know what they offered me to be a guide? a measly $625/ week for an 80 hour week thats $7.81 / hr not including overtime with overtime thats 6.25 an hour which is almost a dollar below state minimum wage what a crop of feces. They advertise as the highest paying starting guide positions in the state which I believe.
What it means for you: Guides cannot afford to be proffessionals unless they own the bussiness. Please support owner operated and guided lodges and outfitters, otherwise chances are your guide will be some yahoo from idaho, or alabama who has never seen a salmon before. Its just sad that those of us in the industry get ripped off as much as the customer