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How much to tip fishing guide?


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There are two of us that will be using a private guide service on Mille Lacs tomorrow. We paid $385 total for 8 hours of fishing. Neither one of us have done something like this before and I am curious how much is normal to tip a fishing guide. I'm guessing anywhere from 10-20% depending on the service? Thanks!

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See how you do and go from there. They are getting paid almost 400 to take you out for 8 hours. See if they are working for you, or just fishing themselves as well and go from there.

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Going to going up to garrison in a couple weeks is there a public access on whitefish. if so how has the fishing been?

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Most of the guides work for themselves, that being said I personally think the rate ($350-$400) covers it.city

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I agree with that post -- if the guide works for himself and pockets the whole guide fee, there's no need to tip him too, IMHO. If he's an employee working for someone else, I say tip him, based on the quality of his work (not whether you caught fish or not).

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Ditto...at that rate I believe that the compensation is more than adequate.

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A full day for me is longer than 8 hrs. and gas can be almost a full tank.

There's 100$...oil 6 bucks per tank...if I ruin a prop on the rocks...65$..insurance,food,bevies,snapped rods,bait...if we run 10 hrs I might clear 20$ an hour...might.

I can not speak for other guides ,but I work hard to 1st find and catch fish ,but then to have fun and maybe teach the guys a few tricks they can use on their own.

Tipping ...I'm gonna tip if I had fun...I really don't think it matters who the guide works for...did he work hard for you...did he make it one of those trips you'll talk about for awhile????? It's up to the customers...there is no rule...I believe.

Something to think about...how much time and gas did it take to find that spot and come up with that pattern...I know it was not free.

What about trailer tires...bearings? Wiring harnesses for light that always go out...when you go out and drill them...that's not luck and it certainly was not easy...behind the scenes.

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$100 a day on gas, sounds like you need to upgrade to a four stroke. It would pay for itself in two years. I would not tip a self employed guide. His/her tip would be my giving them a good review or return buisness. We went to duluth a few years ago and hired a guide for superior. $600 for eight hours, no food, bev., or bait was provided. Yes we caught fish (lake trout), but the poles this guy was using you could not even tell there was a fish on, very boring. I did not tip, but the other guys did, another 60 bucks. To each his own, I don't get tipped when I do a good job. P.S. Waiters and bartenders are to be tipped and tipped well, it will payoff in the long run.

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Sorry palisade but it's silly to say the $400 per day fee just barely pays the bills. It may very well be the case that it's hard to live all year on summer guide fees, since we're in a northern climate where guides can probably only scrape out 150 to 200 paid outings a year -- but regardless, a self-employed guide should set his rate to cover whatever he needs for expenses plus any profit he intends to make. Depending on a tip for profit when you're working for yourself is just plain silly.

Quick question - do you tip your car mechanic when you take the vehicle in? He has a shop to pay for, plenty of other expenses too for tools, supplies, training, etc. I always figure he'll set his hourly shop rate to compensate himself accordingly - and usually make someting on any parts he sells me via a slight markup of the wholesale price he pays. I doubt that you go and add 15-20% on top of that as a 'tip', so why should people be expected to do it when they go out with a fishing guide?

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I wouldn't tip them as they set there price ahead of time. Pallisade sounds like he has cluster of an operation. By the way yes it is easy to catch fish on Mille Lacs. It takes ver little time and knowledge to catch all you want and more.

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Nice Guy Eddie: C'mon, throw in a buck!

Mr. Pink: Uh-uh, I don't tip.

Nice Guy Eddie: You don't tip?

Mr. Pink: I don't believe in it.

Nice Guy Eddie: You don't believe in tipping?

Mr. Blue: You know what these chicks make? They make s***.

Mr. Pink: Don't give me that. She don't make enough money, she can quit.

Nice Guy Eddie: I don't even know anyone who'd have the balls to say that. Let me get this straight: you never ever tip, huh?

Mr. Pink: I don't tip because society says I have to. Alright, I tip when somebody really deserves a tip. If they put forth an effort, I'll give them something extra. But I mean, this tipping automatically, that's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned they're just doing their job.

Mr. Blue: Hey, this girl was nice.

Mr. Pink: She was okay. But she wasn't anything special.

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Im not a big tipper and as easy as the fishing is right now at almost $50 an hour that should be just fine. After all isnt it a guides job to take you out and catch fish? I would still consider a tip if the guide was running a top of the line boat and equiptment and burning a lot of gas to get on fish. Or if he takes the time to teach you a new technique like lead core etc. Or how to use your electronics to catch more fish or put in more than 8 hours. Basically if the guide does more than you expected consider a tip and I think 10% would be fine. An extra $40 should easilly cover the gas.

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When I used to go out to lake Michigan on a Salmon charter I would tell the Captain as we were going out what I expected if he wanted a tip at the end of the day. That was to catch fish and not just follow the rest of the fleet around when fishing slowed down. You would be surprised at how much harder these guys fished and we almost always came in with more fish and went farther to get them if we had to while the rest of the fleet just did the same old thing. They were also happy to see us come back every year.

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A private guide service should only recieve a tip if they went above and beyond what you expected.

If it was a launch trip, most of those guys are "working for the man" then I would tip them if they put you on fish. Those launch tendants work very hard and some of there "helpers" (like guys that put bait on for you, re-tie your line if need be, ect) only work for tips. So tip them kindly! Thats my opinion...

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