Operating under the assumption that everyone enjoys
a good word (even a crusty old former Army fly fisherman), I have
to tell you a brief story.
Last month I reluctantly went on a guided bird hunting
trip to Texas. It was a trip arranged entirely by a couple of friends. As
a stumble-along-by-myself-kind-of-guy, I'm always cautious about
ANY "guided" hunting or fishing trip. But since
this was all arranged by good friends who are serious bird hunters,
I put my usual caution aside and signed up.
wasn't a complete bust, but the guide all but ruined it. I
can deal with tough conditions or fish that simply won't bite,
but not with a guide who violates almost everything I consider
basic good sportsmanship.
This gent scored zero in two critical categories:
integrity and client relations. He talked politics (as though we
all agreed with his assessment of the world); routinely carried
and shot his own gun (taking shots from all 3 of us on occasion);
killed a number of protected predators (saying they seriously damaged "his" quail
population); wasted our time by shooting and then having to spend
valuable time dealing with two feral hogs...and then topped it
all off by letting one of his bird dogs make a career out of killing
a feral cat while we all watched.
There's more, but you get the idea. What a trip!
If we hadn't invested 2 long days of driving just to get there
I would have left after the first day.
The reason I'm telling you all this is that
on the long drive home I used you as an example to my two hunting
buddies of how a true professional handles himself and his clients
(who, at times I'm sure can also be a pain).
Essentially, I ticked off everything Megan and I
experienced with you and explained how it was exactly 180 degrees
out from what we had just experienced in the great state of Texas.
Thought you'd find the story interesting. That was
probably my last guided hunt for a long, long time and definitely
the last one I'll EVER go on without checking out the guide myself.
Best wishes for great spring fishing and a successful
school. Afraid that the school won't work for me, but I do hope
to at least get a day's fishing with you back in PA.
Here are some other happy clients...