Which Guides Work Hardest for the Coin?

I spent yesterday with a good friend and guide trip client; we hammered big rainbows on nymphs, and the occasional … Continued

I spent yesterday with a good friend and guide trip client; we hammered big rainbows on nymphs, and the occasional dry fly, all day long. At lunch, he confided to me a personal beef: A few weeks ago, he hired out a guide to fish in southwestern Florida … cost $550 for the day, they had a few shots on tarpon, but missed, then retreated to the mangroves … and at the end of the day (which ended at 4 p.m.) all he had to show for the effort was one caught-and-released snook that taped out at 18 inches.

I understand. Tough fishing. Been there. But the question remains: Where do you find the hardest-working guides in America? Is it the flats guide, who eats the price of gas to run distances to set up shots, or the Colorado walk-wade guide, who churns through flies to bring it home, or the striper guide back East, or the Montana or Idaho guide rubbing his hands raw against the up-river headwind in that drift boat? Maybe the Delaware River guide who pins hopes on a hatch that may or may not happen … or the steelhead guide in Oregon who has to coach 700 casts for one tug …

Who is working hardest for the coin? You tell me …

Deeter