Lodge guides are there to enhance your experience and to help you catch more fish. However, there are times, when, for a variety of reasons, the guiding you receive is substandard. The reasons for this are many but because you are dealing with human beings with their own complex lives and family situations, a guide who is distracted will almost certainly impact your angling experience in a negative way.
When anglers and their guide work together, it’s a thing of beauty. And the best way to ensure this, is to be as inclusive as is possible with your guide. When I’m on the water, I’m always looking to learn and get better and for me, this means asking questions of my guide. Not only do I learn new things by asking questions, but doing so also gets the guide immediately involved and participating, well befire the first cast is made.
Guiding at the lodge you are fishing from is such an important piece of your trip puzzle and it can absolutely make or break your entire experience. Regardless of your skill level, weather, and or cooperation of the fish you are chasing, the communication and interaction with your guide during the course of the fishing day is going to be fundamental to your success.
Bonefish are experts at using the tides to their advantage, which allows them to maximize their benefits in the tradeoff between feeding and avoiding predators. I guess you’d expect this from bonefish – they’ve been perfecting this for millions of years. Like many predators, bonefish try to get away with as little travel as possible in their search for a meal. There is no reason for them to expend energy swimming long distances if there is no need
It may sound a bit extreme, but I tell all guests to pack for a helicopter day as though you are going to be overnighting on the river. I say this because when fishing in remote mountainous areas, the weather can change very quickly.