It’s a guide’s job to communicate with you about the trip, even before you get out on the water. But you can increase the likelihood of your return (on fish and fun) by asking questions upfront and sharing your expectations with the guide before you hire them, to ensure the outfitter is a good match.
Be sure to share your skill level with the guide. Are you new? Do you have any equipment? If you are a seasoned angler, have you fished the Toccoa before? Was it recently or a decade ago?
Ask if the fishing guide provides lunch, and if they don’t then ask about the best places to pick up a brown bag near your meeting place.
Once you’re on the water together, ask questions about why the guide is making certain decisions (if they don’t offer the information.) Why are they changing flies? Why are you moving from one location to another?
Don’t be shy about asking what you did wrong (and what you did right!) A great guide is also a great teacher, offering you a chance to learn how to improve on your next cast…and your next trip.
Finally, if your guide – like most of Blue Ridge’s trout guides - was helpful, patient, thorough and fun, then be sure to say thanks with a monetary tip and a good review. Find the best trout guides in Blue Ridge.