Tipping your Fly Fishing Guide

Since my wife, Mary Ann, is a fly fishing guide, I hear a lot from her and her fellow guides about tips they do or don’t get from their clients they’ve taken on the river.  Occasionally, they get no tip, and we all like to think that their clients just weren’t aware that tipping guides is a common practice in the fly fishing community.  Other times, they get very nice tips for working hard to help make their clients day an enjoyable experience.

While this post has nothing to do with bamboo fly rods, I wanted to share a few aspects about “tipping your guide”.  The fee you pay your outfitter/fly shop to hire a guide, somewhere between $400 and $550/day, does not all go to the guide.  Actually, the guide usually gets paid about 50% of that fee, and the outfitter gets about 50%.  The outfitter typically has costs for insurance, meals, permits, and flies, while the guide has costs like gas, guide insurance, and their own “special flies” that they tie themselves.  The distribution of these costs vary from outfitter-to-outfitter, as well as state-to-state.  The rule-of-thumb for tipping is to give somewhere between 10% and 20% of the total cost of your guided day if you feel your guide has worked hard and you’ve had a good day.

Your guides work very hard to make your day enjoyable.  Their day usually starts an hour or two before they meet you to get setup for the day, and ends another hour or two after they drop you off back at the fly shop.  So, the guide’s day is often 10 or 12 hours long.  Sometimes fishing is slow and they have to work extra hard just to get you into a few fish.  Other times, the fish just seem to “jump into your net” and the guide’s day is easier.  But, their main goal is to make your day as enjoyable as possible, get you into fish, and pass on helpful information if you need it to improve your overall fly fishing skills.  I recently read a great article in Mid-Current that talks about Tipping Your Guide.  Check it out if you’re more interested at:  http://midcurrent.com/experts/why-do-we-have-to-tip-guides/.

My Morning Commute!

OK, the the serious snowstorm that was centered in the Northwest has finally passed beyond Oregon.  We have 19 1/2 inches of snow here at the house.  Fortunately, my morning commute to my workshop is only about 120 feet, and I have a great heating system in the workshop.

Article on Mary Ann in our local paper!

Our local paper, the Sisters Nugget, just did a fun piece on Mary Ann and her passion for fly fishing.

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Check it out at:  http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=7&SubSectionID=88&ArticleID=24734 .

Wilderness Area Maps

A good friend and fellow Oregon Bamboo Rod Builder, Claude Darden, passed this on to me yesterday….a great link to wilderness maps.  This link takes you to an Oregon State Page where you can select from a list of wilderness area maps across the state.  You can also select any other state as well.  If you want to type in the address yourself, it is at:  http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/stateView?state=OR .  Thanks Claude for sharing such a great resource.



Flooded Cameras

It’s never a good thing to see the strap of an electronic device protruding from a bowl of Uncle Ben’s uncooked rice.

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About a two months ago, I was out fishing and had my waterproof digital camera in the vest pocket of my waders.  Unfortunately, I had been downloading images from the camera the night before and failed to secure the protective door over the battery and chip compartment.  As a result of a brief trip to deeper water where the upper portion of my waders got submerged, my camera also briefly became a water-born species, allowing for water to enter the battery compartment.  I noticed about 30 minutes later that my camera was now showing moisture in the view finder, and water droplets in the battery compartment.  Needless to say, when I got home, I did the rice trick in hopes of drying out the camera.  After 3 days, things didn’t look very good so I just set the camera aside.

Well, yesterday, Mary Ann did the same thing….forgetting to secure the battery compartment door on her camera when she went fishing.  So, two water-logged digital cameras in the Dozer household.  On a whim, I got out my camera that had been on the shelf for 2 months, replaced the battery and memory chip, and hooked the charging cable up.  Woohoo, it seems to be working just fine…the photo above was taken with it.  I’ll be watching it closely over the next couple of weeks to see if it had “recovered”.  As for Mary Ann’s camera, it is now in the bowl of rice above, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping to see good things in a couple of days.

Lesson Learned…always check and re-check the battery compartment door on the camera before hitting the stream.