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Do You Really Need A Fishing Guide? by Dan Farrell

“Do I really need a guide?” is one of the most frequently asked questions from anglers going on their first fishing trip to a remote lake. It’s impossible to accurately answer that question with a “yes” or a “no”, but we can give you the information you need to know to answer the question yourself.

Guides can frequently be worth having as long as you know just exactly what you’re getting.

For example, hiring a guide is no guarantee that you’re going to catch a ton of trophy fish. The guide will take you to the places known to have fish, but catching them is still up to you.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the guide can only help you so much. But, that said, if that’s the case, a guide may be well worth it to you.

Since you will be arriving at a lake you’ve never been on before, and you only have a few days to catch fish… a guide can really be a big help. Without a guide, you could spend several days just trying to find out where the fish are.

Also, keep in mind that most guides are great anglers themselves. They spend all spring and summer on the lake and surely know what works and what doesn’t.

Here are some things to discuss with any potential guide to give you a feel for whether or not you might want to hire him:

-The type of fish you want to catch -Whether you’re looking to catch lots of fish, or just trophy sized fish -Has the guide ever fished for the species you’re after? -What technique will the guide expect you to use?

This is what you’ll typically get when you hire a guide:

-Expert advice on the best locations to fish -Expert tips on how to best catch your fish -A deftly prepared, delicious shore lunch

You must decide if the above is worth paying the price for a guide.

But another option to consider is that you can hire a guide for just a day or two (be up front about this) and then use his (or her) advice on what to do the rest of your fishing trip. This will save you some money and still get you that expert advice you’re looking for.

Now, if you’re going on a fly-in fishing trip to a lake that you know (from your research and talking to others) is chock full of fish… you probably don’t need a guide! There, I even answered your original question for you.

That’s because many of the remote lakes have so many fish that even a beginner couldn’t help catching all they want.

How much does a guide cost?

You can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 per day plus a tip of around $25 per person.

So, it simply becomes a matter of how much help a guide can be to you, and whether you’re willing to pay for the service.

There, now you can decide if you want to hire a fishing guide.

Copyright 2006 Prepaid Solutions

About The Author

Dan Farrell is the owner of with over 50 articles on freshwater, saltwater, bass fishing, salmon fishing, trout fishing, and other fishing related articles.

Using Courier Flying For Discount Travel by Brandon C. Hall

Unless you happen to be wealthy and have a lot of free time, chances are you wish you could fly more often than you currently can. Airfare is, of course, the most cost prohibitive element of long distance travel. Many people find themselves in situations where they know someone they could stay with in another city – so accommodations would be free – but there’s simply no way of being able to get there affordably. In terms of discount travel, there are some solutions to expensive airfares that are worth looking into if you are flexible and interested on a short visit rather than a long trip.

One of the cheapest ways you can fly is called courier flying. How this works is: courier companies exist that specialize in delivering relatively small packages quickly – things like important business documents etc. . . and what these companies want is your baggage allotment on a flight. So they will offer extremely discounted fares in order to get your baggage allotment.

If you sign up for a courier flight, your job will be to show up at the airport with carry on luggage only, meet someone with a package who will check it onto the plane in your space (you won’t normally have to handle the package), and take the flight. In most cases you are required to take a return flight as well in a relatively short time (usually a few days, and rarely more than a month), which is why courier travel is more suitable to quick cross-country visits than long term travel.

Here are some samples of the approximate discounts on return fares, obtained through a simple internet search: New York to Paris, $250; Los Angeles to Sydney, $400. In some cases, if you are on their call list, the courier may become desperate with a last minute flight and offer it for free.

Now, with such extreme discounts, there must be a catch, right? Of course: courier flying would be simply too good to be true it didn’t come with an extreme lack of flexibility. Courier flying works by placing yourself on a list to be contacted by the companies. You’re not likely to receive much notice, and until you board the plane, your fate is entirely in the hands of the courier company: if there is a change or a problem with the package, for example, you’re out of luck.

More so than other types of discount travel, courier flying is dependant on you being able to establish a repoire with the company. If you have been flexible and completed flights for a company in the past, you may be able to establish a relationship where they call you first to offer a flight, in which case you’ll have some more options.

Regardless, to engage in courier flying you have to be very flexible, and although it is one of the most extreme forms of discount travel available, it remains fairly restrictive. If you’re interested your best bet is to try one or two courier flights and hope that you can establish a good relationship with the company.

About The Author

Brandon C. Hall

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