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Old 09-06-2012, 06:18 PM
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Default Tipping your Guide?

Trying to setup a guided float in Colorado. Have never used a guide I'm guessing a tip of 15-20%, plus or minus depending on how much effort the guide puts in.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:53 PM
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Default Re: Tipping your Guide?

Thats what I do but usually 20%, it all depends on how hard they work to keep or at least try to keep you on the fish.... Sometimes there are just real slow days, and those are usually the days the guides works the hardest for you.
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Default Re: Tipping your Guide?

Ask and you shall receive.

IMHO don't base your tip off of numbers of fish caught(although a good day certainly helps), some days the fishing is off, but if your Guide teaches you something, puts the effort in to find fish, and you have a fun day even if the fish don't cooperate....take care of him, and maybe add a 12 pack.


Guided trip and how to tip the guide?

Gratuities for Guides

How much to tip a guide?
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Unless they really don't do their job, show up drunk, etc I'd start with 20% and go up if there is something special.
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Never less than 20 unless the guide is an ass.

40-50 for a good day.

C note for a great day.

Depends on how wealthy you are as well. Guides don't expect a guy that got a guided trip for a gift from a father-in-law or something to be able to produce a c note regardless of how great the trip is.

If the guy is poor and he gives a 20 it could be an excellent tip...
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At least 15%. I've only hired two guides so far and both were quite good. It's a lot easier to give more with a group since the rates are generally less. If its just myself and/or a friend, we probably already spent our pay checks hiring the guide and getting there so 15-20% is more manageable. If I can give more, I do.

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Ive only ever had one guided trip and the guy basically babysat my dad and I for 6 hrs. I must have had 20 wind knots he untangled and he taught me a good amount , plus I liked the guy so he got $100.

He also is one of the founders of Peak Vices so I bought one of his vices recently too, just to keep the money local.
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Default Re: Tipping your Guide?

I usually tip 30 dollars if solo trip or close to 10%. About 20-30 on a double fisherman trip which is about 15-20% total. That is somewhat less than what others are saying they tip. Maybe I'm cheap but that's what I do and they all have been grateful. If I'm cheap maybe they are grateful because they are pro's.

This summer on the San Juan, I told the guide the morning we met that I didn't want to do any nymphing, I wanted to try for big fish. So he tied on a #6 bug and I caught very nice bows but about 8 fish. If we had nymphed he would have put me on 20-30 fish but much smaller. However what he did also was split the day trip (his ideal) into two shorter one day trip. We fished about 3hrs. and then went in and met back up @5:00 for another trip. He did this so my chance of catching a bows in excess of 20" would be better. This guide got $100 or 30%.
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When I was in Alaska in 2010 one of The Lodge owners told me The going Rate was usually 10-15% which everyone was happy with,however if you feel Guides are worth more by all means look after them..
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