Originally Posted by georg_riddle
How you would look for the information to make a choice?
In media / forums like this. We can tune in from a hotel room, airport or from home when we have the time. I can't tell you the number of times we've planned and left on a spur of the moment trip while in transit / returning from a fishing trip.
Do you read the ads in magazines?
Do you go to shows looking for information?
Some years we take in the shows, but if those show schedules conflict with any other activities, like travel or fishing, you won’t find us there.
What plays the most important role in whether you decide to pull the trigger?
George there is no one “ most important thing “ to get us to pull the trigger.
Are there other questions you want answered before you spend your hard earned money.
In no particular order.
As a couple who fishes and travels together, we’d like to keep traveling and fishing together ( often ) and frankly speaking, it’s all coming out of one pocket. If additional costs are likely to be encountered, like fly outs. Let’s get those numbers upfront.
Honest assessment of the fishery.
Keep in mind that many areas have more to offer than just being first in numbers or size and to some, those attractions can rank right up there with the fishing.
There are literally thousands of locations in the world to pick from nowadays. Getting your lodge to the top of our list would require a number of “ intangible draws “.
Much of what we prefer to do is spur of the moment. You’d have a better chance of getting us to book, with last minute cancellation fill-in trip alerts. Our schedules are always in flux. When we get the bug & the time, we can be out of here in a couple of hours.
Accurate and easily obtained gear requirement & packing guides are a must.
You won’t get a deposit from us, until we know what will be required on our end.
If you have any of the necessary specialty lines, leaders, flies, etc. for sale at the lodge, let us know up front. That makes a grab your gear and go trip a lot easier.
My primary angling partner is a woman.
Referrals and customer comments.
Those of friends mean everything, the rest probably wouldn’t carry much clout with us. Even those of angling celebs.
The one thing that’s missing from a lot of ads is the personal touch. Lodges want to put would be travelers in the mood by showing them landscapes, accommodations and fish.
But George, while we’re at your lodge a lot of our experiences will be shaped by you and your staff.
Make your pitch a personal one, an invitation if you will. I’d like to know who we’ll be spending the week with. I’m not speaking of a fishing or industry resume, but rather what drew you and your staff there
and what you wish to share with us. That’s what hosts do, they invite their guests to share the places they love.
That’s a lesson many tourist and convention bureaus with all of their resources haven’t learned yet. The art of the invitation.
Good luck George, TT