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    Default Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    I will be going on a guided trip to a river (wading not boat) and I was wondering how much people usually tip guides? This will be for trout and grayling with all equipment provided. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartpengs View Post
    I have no idea though, never had a guide. Have a good trip.
    Me neither. This will be my first time. My friend told me it was a good idea to get a guide because you learn a lot about the water that you wouldn't really be able to unless you fished it regularly for a long time. Hope he was right.

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    it all depends on where you are going..
    i was told from someone expect a gillie to turn there nose up at anything less than 60+.
    others have told me some are happy with just a pint in the pub afterwords.
    there is a difference between Living and Surviving in this world and a very thin line between success and failure.

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    20% of the guide fee is a good bench point. IF you feel you got the full value of the fee, caught fish, learned a bit, were instructed well, then tip accordingly.

    If the guy is on his phone talking to his buddies about last nights lay or pints later, then he's clearly not taking his job seriously and deserves nothing.

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    Advise yer man never to play leap-frog with a Unicorn, and never, ever, under any circumstances keep a lightbulb in your back pocket.

    Tip what you can afford mate... if you feel a tip is deserved.

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    I would always tip what I was comfortable with. Having used charter boats a fair bit here and a couple of time overseas - I go with what I am comfortable with and, more importantly, what I can afford.

    After all, imagine if this is your " once in a lifetime trip" and you can just afford the guide in the first place; 10 may be truly all you can afford.

    A good guide would come across as very grateful for anything from a pint to a pound and upwards.

    Afterall, a tip should not be a given or expected - you charge a price and THAT is your price. A gratuity is a nice wee add on.




    Why is it that Guides get a tip and an Airhostess does not?
    Or your GP or a brain surgeon?
    Why is it a waitress expects a tip or a bell hop but not a shop assistant or the Chef who cooked you meal?



    Interesting question and a can of worms perhaps but, all in all, I would say to tip whatever you want to or can afford.


    Or just go with the standard 10-15%


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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    I think it very much depends on where you are fishing. In some places like the U.S. tips are customary rather than discretionary, but if pressed for a standard rule I would say 20% for excellent service, 15% for good service and 10% for average service. Who knows though, others may have different ideas?

    How to Tip Fishing Guides and Lodges | MidCurrent

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I like the "tip what you can afford" bit. I am a student and money is tight but I managed to get this trip on a very good deal which is why tipping came to mind since I feel like the guide probably won't be making too much off of it. Although I have no idea. So making the tip more reflective of my current financial circumstances seems like a good idea.

    Thanks again Ben for the tippet! I will be using it on this trip. It got canceled last week due to weather and has been rescheduled for later this week.

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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    Can't speak to how your system works, but most/bulk of the guides here have to split their fee with a booking agent (old established guys just have to answer their telephones? ). Many of the folks you 'tip' are actually paid a minimum wage and the 'tips' are a considerable amount of their wages.

    As a poor comparison you eat at a sit down restaurant you'll probably leave a tip based upon the level of service. You walk into a take-out place highly unlikely you will (tip jar siting next to the cash register or not). Personal opin here only but when I order (food) I expect that the price already includes the cost of the person who takes the order and delivers same. Everything that happens after is what a 'tip' is based upon.

    As a historical side note "tips" actually stands for 'To insure prompt service' and it was paid 'up-front.' Table usually had a cup sitting in the middle and you'd drop some coins into same ..... after you'd had whatever you ordered, you'd either leave the money there ... or poor service, re-pocket.

    So endeth the lesson.
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    Default Re: Tipping Fly Fishing Guides

    I like the sound of that tip system with the jar in middle of the table. I wonder if it could be brought back.

    I grew up in the US, so I am used to tipping but when I came here everyone told me that people don't usually tip at restaurants. I don't know if that's just because my friends are all students or if that really is the case. I know at least that a lot of restaurants in the US pay their waiters and waitresses less than minimum wage and so they really are just working for the tips. That's not all of them but a good amount do.

    But again I am not sure how much the guide is getting and how much is just going to the booking agent.

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