I also have worked both areas of the country. I have been a guide for 17 seasons. The Ark is the place to go and make money. It's a destination River. The tips are pretty good as you may know. Most rivers I worked on out in the PNW except the rogue were only really busy 3-4 days a week. I remember it being tough some years to have enough cash to survive without having another part time job.
With that being said, if your not in it to make a little bit more cash, then the PNW is the way to go. It's just breath taking every time for me seeing the green moss, trees, fog, and amazing sunshine and color of the water.
You can't loose with either choice in my opinion.
Woke up this morning at 10:13.
A hole so big, it sucked the leaves off the tree.