AT Survey: Do We Need Better Guide Standards?



For some reason, we’ve been picking up a lot of chatter recently on the issue of fly guides…  Are there too many of them?  Or how do we even define a pro guide these days?  Should there be more than a CPR/first aid card buy xanax online overnight required (which is all you need in many places to call yourself a guide)?  As guides are key “gatekeepers,” should the industry have a more vested interest in setting standards for guides?  You tell us…

How do you feel about setting up a booth and selling product at a consumer show, a fly-fishing fair, community event, or the like?

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  1. In up state N.Y, as in Salmon River many guides may have 4 or 5 outfits for sale in their trunk.
    They were all purchased on a pro deal.A true guide should get a pro deal thru a local fly shop.
    A lot of brands use pro sales to generate more in house sales.

  2. cbrian moran on

    Its pure business sense that a genuine ,hard working and strait shooting guide will always be a step ahead of the run of the mill guides .Being on top of the fishery in his or her waters ,being on time. keeping gear clean and in tip top shape , providing insight on the days adventure weather it be history, fishery technique ,local flora or fauna and the common sense that if a client is asking for something the guide cant quite provide ,to direct that sport to a guide or outfit who can . The list goes on ,the bottom line is good guides will be around a lot longer than the chaff and flotsam. Rod ,reel and gear companies will all so weed out the not so upfront guides selling equipment as well. free market enterprise business economic principle will all ways get the edge. And I may be a old and cranky street legal guide for 3o plus years,, its just my two cents ,I just want Santa to give access to fish and fish to see my grandkids tangle with ,thanks…..

  3. No-I’m not sure who thought this up but guide don’t really get rich and adding the burden of running a business like that will push a lot of guides out both good and bad, raise the prices for consumers and really not add a whole hell of a lot of value. A guide should be certified in CPR and first aid…thats it. This is one business where the market forces will regulate the business fairly effectively.

  4. This isn’t about getting rich or being forced out of business. This is about providing our clients with the best possible experience with guides who not only “act” professional but are fully trained in CPR and are insured. Unfortunately, in Georgia there is absolutely zero requirements to declare yourself a guide. As a result, we have people who’ve been flyfishing for a couple of years, full of themselves and decide to become guides. They have nothing, no insurance, no permits (although the only permit needed here is for USFS trips) and most of all, no significant history of even fishing. Even if there were just an association that, for a nominal fee, could provide certification for guides, the entire guide community could benefit. If you meet the qualifications, you can advertise it. If you don’t, then buyer beware.

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