Becoming a fishing guide

As I’ve written in other posts, I used to be a political activist. I took part in many protests and thought that I could change the world. In the end, both the world changed and myself, because when I was diagnosed with cancer, I started having a different standpoint with regard to what I had believed in up to that point. Sometimes, it matters more to be happy and have a simple life than try to shift people’s viewpoints without any success.

 

th1I always enjoyed fishing and used to go out on expeditions with my friends. I’ve been fishing in Alaska for over a decade and I thought I’d become a fishing guide so that I’m able to combine my passion and manage to make a living out of it, as well. This post is intended for individuals who’d like to do the same, and I’m going to try to detail as much as I can so that this info helps you. The first thing that you will need in order to make it as a fishing guide is maturity. You have to be perfectly capable of handling yourself in spite of how tricky the situation you might be in could be. Clients can be nice or rude, as in any other industry. If you were to work at a supermarket, you’d meet the same type of customers as I normally do when I’m out on fishing trips. Some people are able to leave their frustrations at home, but others aren’t, and that will take a toll on you if you can’t handle it.

 

th2Another quality you will need is dependability. There won’t be any day where you won’t have to prepare something for a trip or at least clean the boat or put some gas in the engine. You should never have a problem with doing this, because if you do, you’re not the man for the job. In a nutshell, you have to love fishing so much that you’re not bothered by all the other activities with the help of which you will be able to reach the fishing spot and spend some quality time on the boat. You don’t have to be a people pleaser, and it might be that many men become fishing guides mainly because they hate small talk. However, you have to be able to pitch in without being told and you need to be reliable enough to offer somebody some help when he or she needs it.

 

Finally, the most important quality in this game is your expertise when it comes to fishing. I’m not going to go into the geographic technicalities and tell you how important it is for you to know the area you’ll do your job in. However, even if you’ve been a fisherman for many years, you might not know anything about a certain species. If your entire life you’ve been fishing for largemouth bass and now you want to become a salmon guide in Alaska, it might pay off to do a bit of research to learn about the angling techniques as well as the biology of the fish you’ll be targeting.

A few tips for catching trout

Trout refers to different types of fish that belong to one of 3 various genera namely, salvelinus, salmo and oncorhynchus. While most trout live in freshwater such as lakes and streams with cool water, some spend their time in the ocean and only come to spawn in freshwater, pretty much like salmon. Some common types of trout include rainbow trout, lake trout, steelhead and brown trout. Trout eat aquatic invertebrates and other fish, with trout that get to be more than 12 inches big usually feeding on smaller fish. If you are to catch trout successfully, please take note of the following fishing tips.

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Have the basic equipment ready.

 

Trout can easily break the line when pulled out of the water so you will need to have a hand net ready to land the fish. You will also need a fish stringer on which to string the fish you catch. Label this with your name and address to avoid mix ups with that of other anglers. A hemostat will facilitate the removal of swallowed hooks. Waders prove to be useful when fishing in parks that allow wading. However, waterproof boots will do just as nicely. Do make sure you know park regulations. A fishing vest helps keep your fishing essentials handy. The sun’s right2glare on your eyes can be reduced with polarized sunglasses, which also enable you to sight trout under the water more easily.

Don’t forget your rod and reel. While a standard spincast rod and reel will serve you well, other rod-and-reel combos can serve you even better. You want ultra-light rods and spinning reels that enable you to feel a strike more easily while providing greater flexibility. You want a rod 6 to 6.5 feet long to ensure better castability and easy use with a float. A light line is handled easily by an ultra-light spinning reel. You will also need #10 to #14 regular shank bronze hooks and a few small split shots when you have to present your bait in swift water. A small knife and a canvas creel will also be handy.

 

Bring suitable lures, baits and flies

 

Trout are smell and sight hunters so they detect their food sources using those two senses. That is why trout anglers bring natural and scented and colored baits. There’s a huge variety of natural trout food including crayfish, frogs allowed as baits, nightcrawlers, bait fish, insects, grubs, larvae, salmon eggs, worms, corn, bread, cheese and other food substances that are not harmful to fish including paste-type bait, putty or dough bait.

Unscented soft plastic baits include synthetic worms and synthetic eggs, soft plastic lures and synthetic grubs. Artificial lures also work fine, as do artificial lures called flies. In early season, you can use small minnows that work well when the fish are sluggish. Big brown trout are lured to a chunk of sucker meat or chub. Jigs, spinners and other minnow imitators can also get you trout.

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Use the proper trout fishing method

 

Drift fishing can be very effective in any condition. It allows you to cover a wide area and also presents the bait to more trout. Similar to drift fishing, float fishing employs a bobber or floater. The floater has to be adjusted according to how deep the fish is. Do hook setting when you sense sudden movement on the floater. You can also fish with jigs in a variety of colors. Brown, black, white, olive, yellow or a combination of those hues proves to be effective. The easiest method is bottom fishing, which is also the most effective.

 

Rules for exploring the wild outdoors

There is a big chance that, for once in your lifetime you find yourself not in your normal urban habitat, but into the wild. Going into the wild is not, by any means an experience you should take lightly. A lot of people died because of unfavorable weather conditions or because they didn’t have the necessary gear with them to make it on their own out there.

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The first and most general rule you need to obey to when you are on a trip in a remote place is good organization. That applies to almost anything you do: the way you pack your gear, your daily tasks, the order in which you secure the most basic needs, etc. If you are on an exploring trip, for example, it is quite important for you to manage your time properly between the main stop points. It is essential that you adapt your priorities depending on the area you are in. If the main problem is the cold, make sure you always have a tent endowed with a simple and fast installation system, if you are in a sunny area, make sure you have water provisions, etc. However, there is the so-called “rule of three” that you should always stick to. According to this principle, you can stay alive three hours without enough warmth, three days without water and three weeks without food. Thus, your priorities should mainly be approached in this order.

 

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Leave things as you found them. The equipment and products used by travelers can affect the environment that they are inhabiting, even if for short periods of time. Dishwashing detergent and other hygiene products can severely damage species of plants and animals. As such, make sure you dispose of your garbage and leftovers properly. For better protection of the environment you should use a camping stove and keep campfires to a minimum.  Don’t leave any leftovers behind you and cover the holes you dig for human waste.

 

If you do light a fire, make the least possible damage to the surrounding nature: use only sticks you can pick up from the ground and that you don’t need to cut from nearby trees. If you do need branches, make sure they are unhealthy, affected by parasites and dry.

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Be friendly to other visitors or to those in need. Human company is not something you are likely to enjoy into the wild, so, if you so happen to meet another person following your trail or a nearby course, you should be polite enough to make time and talk to them for a bit. Moreover, if you can help them with something need, don’t be selfish, give them as much as you can so that you can survive as well, but don’t say no if the request is reasonable, that person’s life may depend on your willingness to help them.