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Guided Fishing Tips
  • Fishing unfamiliar waters ?-  save the first day of going fishless, and up the odds that on successive days  and return trips you will be successful. Guides spend a lot of Time on the Water. 
  • They know their waters at all times of the day, at all tides, and in all seasons
  • They know what fly patterns work
  • Before casting- understand the wind direction and check your back casting room for obstructions- such as the guide, fishing partner, boat antenna
  • Use stripping baskets on boats for line control, particularly if there are windy conditions 
  • When the guide tells guests to pull their lines as he is about to move, do it immediately – lines can get tangled in the prop very easily- losing valuable time to clear, and equipment damage
  • As an angler you should always have 10 feet of line outside the tip top and a minimum of 30 ft at your feet or in a stripping basket. You need to be ready to cast
  • Things to do before and during your fishing each day:
* Cast for several minutes to warm-up especially if sight casting
  - This improves  your timing, loosen up, get confidence, show the guide how you cast
* Have your terminal tackle prepared if using your equipment:
   - Sharpened hooks
   - The line you are going to start with
   - Have already cleaned your line and leaders and inspect them for nicks and frays
   - Check that all knots are strong
  • If you have hired a guide…Help the guide 
        *Be upfront and honest about your experience and particularly your casting skills
      * Don’t be locked into using a fly rod if your skills are short or if conditions make it difficult to use a fly rod i.e.             too windy, too bumpy or low tide that does not allow the guide to get close access to  productive water
  • All Eyes and Ears on-board. When fishing difficult areas with rocks, swells/waves- help the guide with information on water depth, an oncoming swell, navigational and lobster pot buoys
  • Your guide is not your Butler. The Guides principal job is to put you ONTO  fish. He cannot catch fish for        you
  • If you are on a guided trip and you’re into Bluefish… let the guide handle the fish or crush the barb, do not risk injury that requires a trip to the Emergency Room to remove a hook
  • Tell the guide in advance if you cast right or left handed, that will help the guide attempt to position the boat best for each of you and your relative casting skills
  • If  your guided trip is mostly about learning a fishery and less about catching a lot of fish that day…tell the guide and ask him to spend more time than usual talking about how to fish the fishery- the good guides will help you, the selfish ones will be closed-mouthed
  • Some anglers are trophy hunters, others just want to catch fish and others may just want to learn a fishery- Clear it up front what your preference is
  • If you have any special medical or eating or drinking restrictions- they need to be discussed with the guide before your fishing day begins
  • If you are going to use your equipment, tell the guide in advance your intentions. You will frustrate the guide and yourself if you are fishing with equipment not up for the task
  • Sometimes a guide can act as a referee between two anglers who are competing  for the optimal casting
        position on the boat. Accept the guides recommendation. He can allocate the preferred casting positions          in a fair manner

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