Why Should I Hire a Fly Fishing Guide?

We have had the pleasure to guide many people who have become regular clients, good friends and much better fly fishermen! There are many reasons to book a guided fly fishing trip which we will discuss in this blog post. 

1. Learn How To Fly Fish

One of the best reasons to fire a fly fishing guide is to learn how to get started in the sport. Fly fishing can be an intimidating sport to get involved with initially. Cast

Casting, proper gear, knot tying, fly choice and hatch recognition are only a few of the things with which a novice must contend. Instructional learning taught on the water by a professional guide will speed up a rookie’s learning curve significantly. Most importantly, a guided trip focused on learning will make that first solo trip to the river less daunting and more enjoyable. 

2. Improving Skills

Even experienced fly fishermen should come away from every guided trip learning a lot. There is no such thing as an “expert” fly fisherman. There is always something more to learn.  At Straightline, we try to teach every client on every trip something that will improve their angling skills. Longer casts, how to read water, fish behavior or what bugs are hatching are all possibilities. 

3. Accessing Water

Many longtime Straightline clients fly fish with us because our rafts and drift boats offer access to water they would have been unable to fish by themselves. Float trips allow clients to fly fish miles of inaccessible water in a single day. Another access issue that hiring a fly fishing guide addresses is private water. We have arrangements with privately owned ranches and properties that feature trout that are larger than average in size and unpressured because the water is unavailable to the general public. 

4. Searching For New Species

Adventure angling trips are an inevitable arc in a fly fisherman’s path towards challenging themselves, casting to new fish and fly fishing in new ways. The best approach to ensure a good fishing experience is to hire a local guide. Seek out fly fishing guides who have associations with reputable lodges or established guide services.

5. Catch More Fish

A professional guide’s knowledge is almost always more complete than most anglers. Years of experience observing fish, learning the water and hatches and that uncanny sixth sense many of the best guides possess, usually results in more hookups and trophy photos.

If you are interested in learning how to fly fish or accessing some fantastic private water, book a guided fly fishing trip with Straightline. Or stop into our store on Lincoln Ave. and ask our fly fishing experts for advice on purchasing the best gear, booking a trip or what flies to use.