How to Find a Good Fly Fishing Guide

By: Daniel Logtenberg

Canadian fly fishing lodges and fishing guides abound, but how can clients really tell if the experience will be positive? Itís hard to tell who really knows what theyíre doing just from a website when a slick design can make anyone look like a pro.

Thereís the lingering question of whether someone who is passionate about fishing, the water, nymphs and trout can be completely on top of online presence at the same time. Shouldnít the focus be on weather, temperatures and water levels instead of SEO?

Itís tempting to go it alone, but a good guide can make the difference between a wasted weekend and one thatís full of the rush of zinging fishing lines and the whir of the reel. Here are a few tips on choosing guides that might make the decision easier.

Follow fishing sites, and check the posts for the guides that other anglers recommend.

Research the conditions ahead of time, including long range forecasts and predicted water levels. Government websites offer river forecasts that give a general sense of conditions in the current year.

Understand the river and the landscape as much as possible including the timing of hatches, insect cycles and more before booking. A good site will offer resources like maps and species information to help develop background knowledge.

Clients need to set realistic expectations; the fish donít know how much the day cost, but the guide does. A focus on the clientís experience, patience to instruct on technique and generosity with knowledge can offset some of the disappointment of not catching tons of fish in a day. However, if a guide knows his river itís reasonable to expect that heíll know of some secret place thatís reliable given almost any conditions.

Part of the problem is the model; when a lodge or guide takes care of the advertising directly the image is bound to be positive regardless of the reality. An independent reviewer, who recommends the guide or fishing lodge purely from a great experience is more reliable. TripAdvisor is a good place to look for customer reviews, and Holy Waters recommends a variety of guides from all over British Columbia. only after having the best possible experience with them. The website offers a range of rivers from all over the province and map searches can be customized by species including steelhead, bull, cutthroat, and rainbow trout plus chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye salmon.

People come from all over the world to fish in British Columbiaís waters. Everything from big rivers like the Fraser, Columbia and Pitt and to smaller ones such as the Elk and Salmo offer incredible fly fishing adventures when the right guide can unlock their secrets.

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Holy Waters has taken the time to visit each location, stay at every accommodation and fish with every guide. You can be assured that you will be fishing with a professional that knows the waters, knows the hatches, knows the techniques and will take care of you as you deserve to be taken care of Holy Waters was conceived to eliminate the guesswork when planning a fly fishing adventure in British Columbia .When you book with Holy Waters you can feel confident that your trip will be an adventure of a lifetime. Check out our Fernie fly fishing tour and accommodation.If they don't meet our expectations, we know they won't meet yours.

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