focus on presentation!!!! anyone can get 40 or 50 feet,, Everyone! but if thats all they are getting focus on their presentation and encourage them that they are covering fish and doing it well.. Also focus on teaching them finer points of fishing. show them where in the run the fish are likely to be holding and why..
Feed them an awsome lunch! point out the wild life.. from a professional standpoint it's about showing someone a good time regardless of the fishing or their skill.. Guiding is part of the entertainment business.. nothing more..
Whenever I've worked with a client to improve their casting, that person has had as much pleasure from the day as any skilled caster who caught lots of fish. In other words the angler takes home a much bigger prize than the fish when he/she gains a skill for life. Even if you don't make a quantum leap you'll never be faulted for trying, better yet if they have a breakthrough which does happen often enough.
As a guide I ask the client if he would like to spend a little time getting the cast down before moving to the next pool, or during lunch. Choose some transitional time when it's more appropriate. You'll know if they are unreceptive without much probing. If amenable, working together for a while improves the camaraderie and usually improves the number of hookups too.
Guiding is about offering a good experience, and most of the time it involves fish too.
How about using the Perry Poke. Show them how to get the line up from the dangle, do the poke, and then roll cast it. This is how the Perry Poke came into being.
Just a thought.
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