Don't worry! Over the course of 500 guide trips probably 60% of folks have never held a fly rod before our day on the water. Less experience means less bad habits!
If I have fly fished before, why should I take a guide trip or class?
If you have fly fished before and have a firm grasp of the basics, we can spend our time focusing on more specific details. For example, let's try catching that fish tucked in under those overhanging branches or maybe we know that nymphs are going to produce, but let's fish streamers and work on your strip set. Fly fishing is a life-long learning game!
I saw that I need a PA fishing license for the guide trip. Where can I get one?
Anyone age 16 and older needs to have a valid PA fishing license. Licenses can be purchased through the PA Fish and Boat Commission, or retail stores like Field & Stream and Wal-Mart.
What if I am unable to get to Wildwood Outfitters the day of my trip?
Don't worry about that at all! We can arrange a central meeting place on the day of the trip that is most convenient for you.
When is the best time to book a guide trip?
The great part about Western Pennsylvania is that there is something to fish at all times of the year! Steelhead can be targeted from October-March, bass and panfish during the summer months, and trout essentially year round. As the saying goes, "The fish are in there and they gotta eat!"
What all is included in the price of the guide trip?
The price of our guide trip includes instruction from a professionally certified fly fishing guide, top of the line rod/reel setup, waders and boots, line, flies, transportation, water, snacks, and lunch on full day trips and the fly fishing class. Comedic relief is included at no charge!
Do I tip my guide? If so, how much?
Tipping is never expected, but very much appreciated. Can't put a price on a great day fishing! Buuttt if forced to I would say anywhere from 15%-20% is customary.
Where will we go on our guide trip?
This depends primarily on 2 things: one being what you want to gain from the day and the other being what areas are fishing best. The benefit of being us is we spend 300+ days on the water, meaning we are constantly in tune to what's happening and where. The benefit of being you is having access to us, meaning we will get you to places we think offer the best chance of success.
What's the difference between the fly fishing class and a guide trip?
On a guide trip, the focus is primarily spending time on the water: working on your casting, drift, hook set, and playing fish is how your day will be spent. During the fly fishing class you will learn a lot more of the back end information of fly fishing: how to rig up, tie knots, read water, identify bugs, etc., will be covered followed by a semi brief stint on the water. Your choice of experience has a lot to do with your individualized goals.
What should I bring on my guide trip?
The day of your guide trip you should bring a valid PA fishing license, rain jacket, a hat, sunglasses, and any layers you may want depending on the weather. Everything else will be taken care of by Wildwood Outfitters and your guide!