Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: British Columbia
As a guide, I'm often asked this question. To put it basically and bluntly, ask yourself 2 questions. How was the service, and what can I honestly afford. For most, a week long guided trip comes only once or twice over a decade. For some, once in a lifetime. Most good guides know you are spending heaps of cash on this trip (and if its heaps, the guides are prob well paid), and understand that you may not have much left in the pocket. I don't tell guys to base it on a %. I tell them to base it on the smile on your face at the end of the day, the skill of the guide (whether he/she gets you fish or not) and the overall experience. if it was good, and you can afford it, tip well. If it was good and you cant afford it, tip small and don't feel bad about it. Good guides don't expect tips, but do appreciate them.