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 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