Re: So, what is the usual tip rate for a guide?
In my limited experience it all depends on the guides effort so far the few guides I've hired have all put in a lot of effort and eventually, put me on a lot of fish. Regardless of their rate the most I tip is $50 if I'm paying for two its $100. One of the things I find is that in my area guide rates IMO are all over the place.
My favorite guide and the one who has put in the greatest effort and has put me on the most fish in any one day is actually the least expensive I have used. IMO He is also one of the most knowledgeable and experienced and only charges $295 a day for one person for two he charges $350.
The least I've ever tipped is $25 for a full day. I'm also a person who if I feel a guide was lazy and put in little effort am willing to give him no tip and not use him again. However, I do not hire guides who have not been referred to me by fisherman I respect.
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Last edited by FlyBum; 01-20-2011 at 10:15 AM.