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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-23-2015, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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How much Gratuity for Guide /Lodgings

Guys 2 of us will travelling to BC for a 9 nights ,8 day fishing.
The cost of the trip includes the use of a guide,we will be using his rods, flies etc for the entire trip,( ill be bringing me own waders, boots jacket).
Also included will be a boat to gain access to different areas.
How much would 2 anglers tip the guide at the end of this holiday each?
Also who much of a tip would we give for those looking after our accommodation for the 9 nights thanks .
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All depends on the cost of the package. For a lodge trip like that I would probably start at 10% and then go up and down based on the quality of the service. If the service was good but not exceptional then I would keep it at 10%. If I just book a guide for a day or two then I frequently give more than that but for lodge trips 10% is kind of my standard.

Different places have different policies for how they handle tips. You can ask whoever you booked with how they handle tips at that place. Last lodge I stayed at I gave the entire tip to the lodge manager who also served as the head guide and I assume he divied it up. Some places would have you tip the guides and the service staff separately.
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The trip was booked through a guide and he arranged our accommodation, i expect to tip them separately
What do you mean" it all depends on the cost of the package?"
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The trip was booked through a guide and he arranged our accommodation, i expect to tip them separately
What do you mean" it all depends on the cost of the package?"
I mean the total value of the tip is going to be based on a percentage of the package price.

Not knowing what type of acccomodation it is makes it hard to say what kind of tip to give. Is it just a hotel or are they proparing your food, serving you ect. If it is just a hotel then giving the cleaning staff a few bucks a day is a nice gesture but probably even that is not typical.
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I typically tip the guides $100 per day if they worked hard for working hard I mean they pulled oars hard all day to get me good quality shots at fish or didn't mind walking the extra mile (or four) to get me to the best waters not beat up by angler at the easy access spots. I also consider the hours the guide worked, did he work office hours or did he guide me like he was fishing himself. Did I learn anything? I always look to learn something from any guide, no matter how small. If the guide did all of this I would say he earned the $100 (or maybe a little more if something special happened), if not you need to scale back somewhat. For me I don't tip on the number of fish caught, my biggest tips have often come when I have been skunked but I knew the guide busted his ass for me.

As for lodge staff, I typically give $20 per day.

Just my two cents.
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Talking tips

It's always hard to determine what to do with tipping and I think it's a great forum topic. On lodge trips I and my friends tip about 10% and so far, on the ones we go to we give it to the lodge owner or manager and they disperse it and include something for staff besides guides.

Most lodge owners or managers will tell you if asked what a normal tip level might be. I like the idea of giving it lump sum and that is what is normal and expected in most lodges.

So......10% or close to it.

We always discuss it during the trip and usually tip the same amounts.

The fishing buddy I do the most trips with is one where I find out his level then add $20 just to make him look cheap. Makes me smile.

And Hey! Good luck on your trip.
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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.
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In addition to my own fishing, which is generally unguided, I put together a trip for a group of my clients each fall. The trip is guided and involves drift boats or sleds every day. Each guide gets $50 per man in his boat. This amount came from honest conversations with these guides, who have become friends after several years. The drift boats generally have 2 anglers so the guide gets $100 bill and the jets get tipped the same way. Our jet guides are covering their fuel out of pocket as in most cases they are running their own boats. Going on year 10 with this outfit and these guys work for every penny of that tip. I'd rather be the guy they want to guide for as a result of having taken care of them than the one they avoid when our group shows up each fall because tips are light. On the lodging, I'd maybe tip a few individuals you find are tending to your specific needs. I like a cash in hand transfer with a thank you and hand shake. Make them know you appreciate them and their efforts. The individual(s) taking care of your room, I'd consider a $50 bill at the end of the week and if you have the extra cash maybe take it up to $75 or $100. Would depended on how much they are needing to do to your room. Making the bed and adding a few towels each day...$5 a day is fair.

If you find a guide or other staff member has gone above and beyond for you I'd do as suggested above. Hand them a few extra bucks and thank them for their level of professionalism.

Have a great trip!
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