Additional Booking Information
Guided trips with us can be a lot of fun and once you book your trip I will provide some more detailed information about what to expect and what to bring. This page outlines those things and a few more things that may make your trip even more successful.
We also outline some tips for booking with a guide so that we’re both on the same page.
See you soon.
Contact Us and Booking Info
All guide trips require a deposit for each day booked to hold your date and our Guide Agreement must be signed by each participant. (SEE GUIDE AGREEMENT-HERE)
The remaining fee’s are due on the day of the trip in CASH ONLY, We will not except checks, or cards at the river.
The deposit is not refundable unless notice of cancellation is given at least 10 days before the scheduled trip, or if I can book that date with someone else you will receive a full refund or rescheduled date. Please understand if you cancel on me the day before or a few days before that I’m out a days pay if I can not book it with someone else. Your deposit not only ensures that you will be there but it ensures that I will be there.
Under sever weather conditions or dangerous or very poor river conditions we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule but I will always try to reschedule you at the earliest date that works for both of us and or a full refund will be given if a new date is not possible. We reserve the right to cancel due to weather, illness, technical problems, un-safe conduct, illegal conduct, or any other reason that prevents us from providing a safe trip or the best possible trip.
Please notify us of any disabilities or any special requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
For legal and insurance reasons there is absolutely NO alcohol or drugs permitted during your time out on a guided trip. We reserve the right to cancel, or cut the trip short if alcohol or drugs are present.
If you have any intentions of ever being a river guide, or you are coming out with me just to learn how to be a guide on the same rivers that I guide on, the guide agreement that you will be required to sign prevents that, so it’s best you try another guide service.
If you have any questions or need to inquire about availability contact us by email so we can send you a list of available dates.
Tips and Expectations
We have great days on the water with some days over 30 steelhead landed and some days with 100+ trout landed, but those days are not everyday. One day I could bring a client to a spot with 100 trout in it and we could catch nothing, the very next day we could catch 50+. They’re wild fish in a wild setting and sometimes they just wont eat anything.
Your skill level can determine how many fish you catch and the type of day you will have. If you’ve never casted a fly rod and Centerpin before, be realistic and don’t expect to catch 100 fish.
You can do a few things that will help you have the best day possible.
- Check our what to bring page a few days in advance so you’re not rushing around like crazy trying to get everything you need.
- Double and triple check your fishing license to make sure it’s valid.
- Leave early enough so you arrive on time.
- Be ready. First thing in the morning is a bad time to fully line up your reels with new line or to patch that hole in your waders or to start tying up roe for the day. Prepping your stuff in the morning while we are already at the river means less time fishing.
- Check over all your gear the night before, make sure it’s ready and working.
- Have appropriate clothing: I send all clients a full list of recommended stuff to bring and wear but check the forecast and make sure you have the right clothing for that day.
- Have appropriate gear for the day, rods, reels and waders: if you’re not sure what’s the right gear for the day and it’s not listed or explained well in my what to bring email I sent you then just ask me in advance. But, please don’t show up to fish salmon with a 3 weight rod and expect to have a good day. Don’t show up with broken gear, have good lines on your reels, if the mono on your spinning reel is 30 years old, that’s a problem that will prevent you from catching the maximum amount of fish. All these things will make your day more fun because it sucks dealing with mechanical and gear issues. If your gear is not suitable I can provide everything you need, just ask.
- Leaking waders at anytime of the year sucks. So make sure your waders and boots are up to the job.
- If you have your own rods and reels and haven’t casted in 5 or 10 years do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes out of your weekend and maybe even twice, and practice for a bit. It could make a huge difference in how many fish you will catch. If you want to land the most fish possible, practice, practice, practice, it only benefits you. If you cant practice in advance or where hiring mw to teach you to cast, don’t worry I will help you with that , but keep in mind that you may not catch as many fish as you wanted to.
- Don’t pack a lunch big enough to feed a family of 5. I don’t carry back packs for clients, I have enough stuff to carry, so if you have 10 bottles of water in your backpack when you only need 2, remember, you will be the one carrying it on that 5 minute walk in to the spot. Pack as light as possible because sometimes we hike a bit.
- If you show up to the river and there is a chance of rain forecasted and you don’t bring a rain coat, you may get wet, so be prepared.
- Guys fall in all the time, rocks are slippery and move sometimes, $hit happens, it is not normal dangerous but it is wet when you fall in so pack an extra set of clothes to leave in your vehicle just in case.
- Tell me what you expect before you book your trip and I’ll give you an honest answer. Don’t tell me you expect to catch 30 steelhead while were standing in the river together because chances are that wont happen.
- Every anglers has different expectations and hopes when they hire a guide, tell me yours and I will help as best as I can.
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