By Kirk Deeter
Anyone who knows me personally understands that I think the sun rises and sets in the fly fishing world where guides say it does. I've always been a fan of guides; I guide myself; how could I not be a fan?
I know, I know... it's expensive to go on a guide trip. But in my experience, if you find the right guide, the investment is ultimately as valuable in your long term fishing experience as almost anything you can buy, save the rod and reel itself. Put it this way... if the investment is not extremely valuable in this way, well, you went fishing with the wrong guide.
I think that's especially true in fly fishing. Too many "gurus" approach this sport as a platform to show all the stuff they know that we do not, and maybe make a buck or too in the process. The guide's mission should be exactly the opposite... to break down the barriers, to share understanding, and to instill confidence that this crazy sport isn't rocket science after all.