Lately I have been fortunate enough to get a ride on a few friends skiffs and it got me thinking about guest etiquette. What do I need to know? Are there any rules about this? I have written down a few things that should help make your day on the water a more favorable experience and hopefully you get another invite to go fishing again.
Of course we all are great people, we fly fish! Sharing the real estate on a skiff for a day with someone new can either be a great experience or a long day. I'm not going to go into common sense things, but some of the things I will write about might not be common sense to the average bear. In random order, here is a list......
- Wear non-marking soles.
- Don't bring every piece of gear you own. One backpack and a few fly rods should do it.
- Don't slam the hatches and be aware of the noise you are making.
- Don't rock the boat while casting.
- Listen to the guy poling the boat, about where to cast and trust him.
- Calm down and make a good cast.
- Don't guide the guide.
- Be ready to pole your friend around too, they like to fish too.
- Offer up some gas money, boats don't run on thanks.
- Offer to help clean the boat.
- Have a positive attitude.
That is the short list I always try to remind myself of when I get an invite to go chase some fish