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Posted by alaskanfishguides on May 27 2005
As a guide, I certainly do appreciate tips, however I am not in favor of "standard" tips... I believe that your conscience should be your guide. If the captain goes way beyond the call of duty and provides an excellent trip, does a wonderful job of fileting the fish, etc, I would tip more than a captain who does not interact with the clients, who simply puts in the time and does only what is necessary. I have received tips anywhere to almost equal to the price of the charter to zippo...(by the way, zippo is ok too... tips are great, but not expected. I, like most other guides will do my best without considering the possibility of a tip).
I believe that a tip is a way to say, "Thanks for the excellent trip and the extra effort to find the fish, care for the fish and provide wonderful interaction." I rarely consider a normal 15% tip at a resturaunt.. rather if the service is great I will tip generously (20-25% is typical for a meal) and if the service is lousy I will still tip but very conservatively.
I know that I didn't give any specific answers to your question, but I hope that the guide's perspective (my own) might shed some light. Again, let your conscience be your guide......
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