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Old 06-06-2013   #1
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Upper C /Glenwood / Ark Fly Fishing Guide Reccomendation?


My brother and family are coming out in a few weeks. My nephew, who regularly hauls in 4 - 5 lb bass in the local fishing hole wants to go fishing while he's out. I'm looking for recommendations for a good, licensed guide that could take the family out for a half-day on a walk-in stretch of river and get us casting and hopefully haul in a few trout.

What are reasonable rates for a half day of guiding / instruction? We don’t need high-end services, just someone that’s competent at teaching beginners the basics.

What questions should I ask in choosing a guide?



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Old 06-06-2013   #2
Montrose, Colorado
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For glenwood area check out frying pan anglers in basalt. Been on two trips that have been great with them on roaring fork and lower c from glenwood to new castle. Both were float trips. Ark area check out arkanglers. Both have good web pages with a lot if info. Generally you are looking around $250 to $300 for two anglers usually a 4-5 hour trip. Haven't fished upper c so can't give any advice there on guides. Others i'm sure can chime in. For full day usually add $100 more.

Questions to ask: 1) is gear included or extra ie rods waders boots. Varies by shop. 2) tell the shop you have a youngster and ask their experience guiding kids. 3) are flies included 4) lunch included 5) a lot of shops have walk wade leases on private ground that have rod fees of $50 to $100. I wouldn't recommend if the group is beginners. 6) tell the shop the group experience level 7) ask method of fishing (nymphing, dries, dry dropper, streamers). Don't recommend streamers for beginners and nymphing will be easiest to learn. Dries are the funnest.

Ark has a lot of medium sized browns. Glenwood will have bigger fish IMO and experience. Both areas get tourist so might have some pressure.

Expect tips to be around 15 to 20 percent but your choice depending on how you feel the trip went. Terminal tackle is usually included.

Feel free to send pm if you have questions. I fish quite a bit and have done guide trips all over the west.

Have fun and catch fish!
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