If you are new to fly fishing but want to learn this skill, embarking on a guided fly fishing trip is a great way to do it. Not only will you get to learn how to fly fish, but you'll get to tour and experience a new place or region. However, if you're like most first-time fly fishing trip participants, you probably have some of the following questions before your tour departs.
What do you need to bring?
In most cases, the tour company will provide everything you need for the actual fishing part of the tour. You'll just need to bring personal clothing and accessories to make for a more comfortable experience. Bring a light jacket, a hat, and some sunglasses to protect yourself from the elements as needed. Pack an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet. If you want to bring along some snacks or drinks, you can, but many fly fishing tours include a stop for a meal and at least bottled water throughout the day. Ask your guide if these will be included in your itinerary.
What happens if you catch a fish?
The hope is, of course, that everyone on the tour will catch at least one fish. You typically get to keep the fish you do catch. The tour guide will typically help you get the fish on ice to preserve it until you get back to the tour starting point. Some tours may clean the fish for you. Others may guide all participants in cleaning their fish when they arrive back at the starting point.
If you do not catch a fish, others who catch several may offer to share one of their so you don't go home empty-handed. If you end up being the one who catches multiple fish, consider doing the same.
Do you need to tip the guide?
Yes, it is considered polite to tip the guide of your fly fishing tour, and also to tip anyone else who may have helped your guide by driving the boat, cleaning your fish, or preparing the lures. Generally, if you tip everyone a small percentage of the total cost, that should be adequate. If it's a long tour, or if your guide goes above and beyond in some way, then you can tip more.
Hopefully, this content has answered some of the questions you have about embarking on a fly fishing trip.