Back in northwestern Ontario, I taught my fifteen day guide and outfitter training program, mainly to First Nations in the NAN region. I am now offering my courses to anyone in eastern Canada. I will travel to your community and teach there.

Have a look at the course curriculum and see if my program sounds interesting to you. It’s definitely rugged! Contact me through the website if you’d like me to give you more information over the phone.

No Smoking

No Smoking

A few years ago, me along with a couple of my staff members administered a customer satisfaction survey with 500 people, mostly from the USA. A few were from Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan. In order for someone to participate in our survey they had to have had been on at least three trips to Canada where they paid for a guide. This could be anything from a simple one day fishing trip all the way to a 14 day [Read More]

Orientation Meeting

Orientation Meeting

This is a biggie. When your hunters or fishermen arrive in camp, it is critical that you sit down for about twenty minutes, maybe more, to discuss the details of the trip. And, I’m not talking about what time dinner is served and what time you plan to start fishing in the morning. Here are a few questions to consider and obviously each meeting will have different questions depending on what type of guiding you’re doing and where, etc. How [Read More]

Keep it Neutral

Keep it Neutral

No, not the motor… I’m talking about the conversation. That’s right… what comes out of your mouth can cause more problems between guide and customer than you could imagine. If you’re guiding a couple of fishermen, for example, especially if they are from another country, or even another part of the world, you must remember that they’re political and religious views will likely differ dramatically from yours. What may start off as simple, seemingly harmless chit-chat could escalate to a [Read More]

The Guide’s Shore Lunch… Put on a Performance!

The Guide’s Shore Lunch Put on a Performance 2

“Rugged fish, rugged food!” (This article was written when I was living in Northwestern Ontario) When I dropped the very first piece of fresh-caught walleye into the hot oil, you could hear the sizzle all the way to Kalamazoo, Michigan.  You could smell it all the way to Tokyo… but I was in Manitoba.  Okay, I might be stretching it just a wee bit, but not too much. Since the early days of Canadian fishing trips, especially, fly-in fishing trips, [Read More]