As Kommendant Dave and I were driving back from a day on the Toccoa earlier this week, we had a short discussion about what makes a client a good client and what makes a guide a good guide. We’ll leave the client question aside for now, but I’m curious about your experiences and thoughts on the guide side of that question.
I know guides that are probably worth twice their price, and I’ve seen guides that would have a hard time justifying half of their fee. Setting aside the obvious answers like knowledge of the fishery and general preparedness (all necessary flies, quality gear, etc . . .), I wonder what clients value most. Is it simply the ability to consistently put you on fish? The knowledge that even in challenging conditions they never stop trying their best? A good shore lunch? Maybe it’s as simple as someone you want to hang out with all day.
Aside from all of the obvious answers, what do you think?