River fishing guides are experts at the methods and the spots in their area and they can offer you many things that make their daily fees well worth it.
Lake and River Fishing Guides: The Experts You Can Trust
A great river fishing guide can cut your learning curve down by years, and that can actually save you a lot of money.
I think back at all the junk hooks, bad flies, wrong rods and reels, and other gear I bought when I first started.
A good river fishing guide has already figured out what works, and that is what they will teach you.
With all the information on the internet, I see tons of bad advice coming from non-experts, with a good river fishing guide, you will get the right advice because the advice comes from years of research as well as on stream trial and error.
A good river fishing guide will use the right gear, the right methods, and be in the right spots, and that is what they can teach you.
Read all the books you want, watch all the YouTube videos you want, nothing beats having someone standing beside you all day watching you, seeing where you need improvement, and then coaching you along to ensure you improve and do it right.
A good river fishing guide can be invaluable!
Tips When Hiring Guides
My number one tip when getting out with a good river guide is to be observant, ask lots of questions, and be open-minded. Being prepared for your trips helps too.
Also, be patient and make sure your expectations are not set too high. After all, pro athletes don’t become great after just one time out with a coach; it takes years of coaching and practice.
This page is a work in progress, and I will be adding new guides as fast as I possibly can.
If you have recommendations for a great guide in your area, let me know in the comments section below.
Should You Tip A Fishing Guide and How Much?
Every fishing guide is going to have a different opinion on this, but the general rule is that yes, you should tip your fishing guide 10 to 25% if they provide good service.
Good service doesn’t mean lots of fish, sometimes the fish are there but they just don’t bite.
If your guide teaches you a lot, works hard for you, and does everything possible to try and get those fish to bite, then that is good service.
I have always said this I still believe that tips are not expected or required, but they are always appreciated. I know many guides that feel exactly this way, so don’t feel like you must tip your guide if you are short on cash or are already over your budget.
Don’t let not being able to afford to pay a tip to be the reason why you don’t hire a guide!
GUIDES BY REGION
Ohio Fishing Guides
Alley Grabs Guide Service – Run by top guide Gareth Thomas. Specializing in fly fishing for Ohio Steelhead using single-hand and Spey rods.
We are lucky to have Gareth as one of our contributing guides and writers for our Ohio Steelhead Fishing pages.
Be sure to look for head guide Gareth’s tips, tricks, and recent articles: Here.
Pennsylvania Fishing Guides
Michigan Fishing Guides
Get Bent Guide Service
Get Bent Guide Service is run on some lower Lake Michigan tributaries in Michigan State. Run by John Wielinga who specializes in walk and wade and boat trips for steelhead and salmon using lures, and float fishing methods. John catches a ton of fish!!
We are lucky to have John as one of our contributing guides, photographers, and writers for our Michigan articles and articles on trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing.
John also runs the fishing video production channel SBS Outdoor Action so check them out.
Get Bent Guide Service
Fire Plug Charters – Michigan
Award-winning Fire Plug Charters is run on the best Western Michigan steelhead tributaries and out in Lake Michigan.
Run by Alex Bialik, who specializes in river boat trips for steelhead and salmon using lures, and float fishing methods.
Alex also has an award-winning lake charter service on Lake Michigan that targets Steelhead and Salmon.
We are lucky to have Alex as one of our contributing guides, photographers, and writers for our Michigan articles and articles on trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing.
Captain Alex Bialik
Based in the beautiful Manistee, MI. 231-690-3937
Off shore tackle fishing team
Costa Pro Team
Rapala guide team
New York Fishing Guides
Michael Healy specializes in fly fishing and float fishing on the Owsego and Salmon Rivers in New York.
Micheal contributes pictures and information on Great Lakes salmon, steelhead, and trout.
Check him out on his website.
Wisconsin Fishing Guides
Ontario Fishing Guides
A Perfect Drift Guide Company
A Perfect Drift Guide Company has been Southern Ontario’s top river guide service for over 12 years.
Their guides specialize in traditional and modern fly fishing methods, centerpin fishing, and spin fishing for trout, steelhead, and salmon.
They guide 13 of Ontario’s best trout, Salmon, and steelhead rivers, so if you are in the area, check out their website for more information.
Smooth River Guiding Co.
Matt Martin is one of the top fly fishing and Centerpin guides in southern Ontario and runs Smooth River Guiding Co.
Matt specializes in river fishing for trout, steelhead, salmon, and carp, but also offers bass and garpike.
Matt is well versed in Euro nymphing for trout and steelhead, has done fly fishing competitions, and is a contributing guide.
If you need a great guide in southern Ontario, be sure to check out Matt’s website for more info.
Reel Fresh Guide Service
Cody Burden from Reel Fresh Guide Service is one of Ontario’s top fly fishing and centerpin fishing river guides in southern Ontario.
Cody specializes in steelhead, trout, salmon, and bass fishing on the great rivers of Ontario and is one of the best centerpin anglers I have fished with.
When in Ontario, be sure to look them up for your next fishing adventure.