By. Andrew Scrivo
In this, the age of DIY-everything, you may be pinterested to know that there still are a few good reasons to ask for a little help once in a while.
1. What you will learn
When you go fishing with a guide, at least a good guide, the biggest bonus you will experience may not be just in the number of fish you catch, but in what you learn. One of the best parts of my job is just talking with people. I love teaching people new things and helping them not only catch fish, but understand why. You will learn new techniques and sharpen your fishing skills and that’s going to help you catch fish even after your trip ends.
The great outdoors is an amazing classroom for all of us and when you’re outside, engaged in nature, having a guide to answer questions about the flora, fauna or tell short stories can really make a trip. I don’t know about other guides but my boat is always filled with great conversation.
2. Try new gear
Let’s be honest, it’s seemingly impossible to know what to buy: rods, reels, flies, waders, nets… maybe even boats; there are just too many! Getting to test drive new, quality equipment under the tutelage of a guide that uses it day in and day out can be a huge advantage. You can bet that your guide will have good reasons for choosing the gear he/she puts in the hands of their clientele.
3. Catch more fish
Now, I don’t want to get you over excited, but hiring a local, knowledgeable guide will catch you more fish. Is it because they have super human fish catching powers? No. It’s because they are on the water all of the time! All waters, in my opinion, especially rivers, are dynamic systems with hundreds of variables ever changing over the years and throughout the season. We at DragonFly fish our home waters year-round and in doing so, strive to understand and keep up with the changes. It’s the only way to do it: experience. Your guide is going to know where the fish are and why they are there. Cut the learning curve, no guesswork.
4. Be Safer
Especially here in Alaska, water kills. If you’re going fishing, you’re heading to water. Hiring a guide that knows the water and its hazards and is trained in things like CPR, first aid and cold-water immersion (like all DragonFly Guides) could save your life.
5. It’s Easier!
Let us handle everything. The boat, gear, safety, fishing, arrangements, where to go, what to use… the list goes on. When you hire a guide all you should need to do is FISH! Take the stress out of the situation and enjoy your experience. It’s what we do.