Guides Don’t Fish

Recruiting the services of a guide can add much to the enjoyment and success of a day’s fishing. It also frees up the “motor guy” to focus more closely on his own fishing as opposed to operating and positioning the boat, scanning electronics, watching for cues from others that they have hooked up or snagged the bottom.

Most, if not all guides love to fish and will do so if given the chance. With two or more guests in the boat, there are several situations in which the guide should not be fishing. He is not being paid to fish, but to guide.


Some lodges have a policy that precludes the guides from fishing.

  • A guide should not fish if the guests request that he not fish.

  • In difficult boating situations, the guide should not be fishing.

  • Certain fishing techniques preclude the guide from fishing.

  • When boat positioning allows only the guest(s) access to a small spot, the guide should not be fishing.

  • Any time there are more than two guests fishing, the guide should not be fishing.

  • Whenever a guest is struggling with a fish, the guide should stop fishing / not be fishing.

  • The guide should stop fishing if, instead of his guests, he is doing most of the catching.

  • When fish for shore lunch have been caught, the guide should consider not fishing any longer.

… and more to the point – any time guests require assistance with tackle, bait, landing fish, snags, photos … the guide should not be fishing.