Originally Posted by fishnskiguy
I guided for seven years in Colorado, and my buddy and I always hire a guide when we go up to Montana for a trip.
An all day float for two will get the guide $100 tip if he puts in a good effort. We try really hard to tip on effort and NOT on fish caught.
An all day walk/wade gets $80 and a half day/walk wade $40. Again, its effort not fish.
Walk wade trips get less because the guide has to put in/ haul out and clean the boat on his time.
When I fish on new water, I usually always hire a guide to help figure out how to fish it and I agree with the rates Chris has outlined above.