"For a guide seasoned fly fishermen are the hardest to guide, and for a seasoned angler a good guide is hard to find. Most guides treat guding as a job, and they should. So it's an 8 hour day, from a respectable starting hour to a respectable end, and a quick slog through the water in the intervening time. But the best fishing is normally spread out over different parts of the day, depending on seasons and hatches and the weather, and the seasoned angler knows that.
Also, under most water conditions there is normally a way to find the feeding fish and catch them and the seasoned angler knows this as does a good guide, but it can often be hard on the guide.
And sometimes, particularly when drifting, you get one shot at a spot, and the guide must get you to the right spot, at the right time for that one shot. That fish, that comes from the tough spot where you know there has to be one, is always the icing on the cake, but it takes a special guide who can gauge the angler and the water and get it all just right, every time.
And often the seasoned angler knows as much or more about fish behavior and bugs and flies and patterns, and the good guide knows his water, and the combination is just the thing. So a really good guide and a seasoned angler make a great team, as long as the two are willing to listen to each other. Too many guides don't.
And a great guide is more than just a guide, he's you companion for the day.
And that guide, the one who can handle a seasoned angler is a rare find.
I have been fly fishing for over 50 years. I have fished with guides on 3 continents. I have done my own share of guiding. And the best darned fly fishing guide I have ever come across, anywhere, is Kevin Wildgen at Fly Fishing Outfitters."