Tip #1 for the Client: Manage Expectations
So, now we know that when you are booking a guided trip, the outfitter should ask you what you want out of your trip. And wether it your first trip or your 100th, this is a very important step to making your trip successful! Yes, it’s a fishing trip, but the outfitter needs to know what’s important to you so they can properly prepare and design your trip to meet your needs.
Discuss your skill level, special skills you are fine-tuning, fishing styles or species you are targeting. And, just because you went over these when booking your trip, don’t assume your guide is aware. This is your most important conversation of the day. Don’t get in that boat without having gone over your expectations!
Guide, Outfitter, and all round great guy, Dana Lattery @flyfishingbowriver shares some sage advice in the winter issue of Fly Fusion. But…with more great material than the pages of the mag would allow, we thought it would be fun to share a series of his top tips here.
Guide Tip #1:
Manage Expectations: Observe, Shape, Perform
This is our clients day on the water, not ours. Our first conversation should be in order to figure out what they want to get out of their day…which isn’t always the same as what we want. I can’t stress this enough. To ensure a successful day, we need to be on the same page as our clients.
We can assume that they want to catch fish, but it is always appreciated when you are clear about how the fishing has been. Never tell your clients “ you should have been here yesterday”, this is just an excuse and is not fair to them.
Following is a simple summary of expectations from one of my clients: “My goals for the day are as such, Good times, big smiles, fish, and great memories”. Easily laid out, now it’s my role to shape these and expand on the details; conditions, techniques, seasonal considerations etc.
Suggest, but never trump their desires. I have an annual client who who only wants to use a dry fly. We know that this isn’t always a possibility, but together, through proper scheduling and concerted effort we make for a higher probability of success.
12-Steps to Tying with Mallard Wings
Tying with feathers is mechanical form of art. You take parts (feathers), that already have a certain shape and texture, combine them in a sequence to create something else entirely – something beautiful, something functional. To me tying is akin to building an engine. In order for that engine to work properly the parts must be used correctly and every step completed with the next step in mind. Feathers can only be manipulated one or two ways to create the intended result. You cannot force a feather to do something against its “will.” In order to have your flies look and swim properly you must first learn how and why these parts work.
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A straight-line cast is often the best way to present a fly, but sometimes you need to change your location in order to get the drift you want. When you’re able to move, you should. But if trees, currents, the position of the fish or the position of the sun won’t allow you to move without spooking the fish or getting into wading trouble, the best option is often to use a mend. Read More
The story of Wayne “Buz” Buszek and his Western Coachman begins in the 1930s. Buz began fly fishing the local streams of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains as a young boy. His abilities as a fly tier and fly fisher developed quickly, thanks to guidance from the local “old timers.” He excelled, developing into an exacting and innovative fly tier, a skilled fly fisher, and a “mountain goat of a hiker.”
A photographer, an artist, a filmmaker, a beard connoisseur and a true character, Marc Crapo (aka @vonbeardly) is a man of many talents. His photography holds a special place on many walls in our office. No fin and grins here – these are special glimpses into the mind of an individual who just plain sees the world in a different way.
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Great times on set of the very first season of the Fly Fusion Series. On this particular day Paula Shearer – the hardest working angler of all time – found herself in a battle with a stunning bull trout while filming episode five, “Solitude”. Watch the full episode, including footage of this epic monster, on flyfusionstreaming.com