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WildBrownieSeptember 9th, 2019, 11:37 am
MD

Posts: 2
Hi all, my name is Pat and I am doing research into improving the fly fishing marketplace. If you could answer the questions below I would greatly appreciate your input! Feel free to message me your responses if you would prefer. There are no right or wrong answers. I'm purely looking to hear your feelings and thoughts about your experience purchasing fly-fishing guide services.

Background Info: Okay, so to start us off, can you tell me a little about yourself....How old are you? What region do you live in? How often do you fish?

Question #1: Tell me about the last time you purchased fly-fishing guide services...

Question #2: What tools or services did you use to evaluate the guide before purchasing their services?

Question #3: Did you experience any problems in the purchase process?

Question #4: What could be done to improve the purchase process?



Thanks for the consideration. I look forward to hearing about your experiences!
WbranchSeptember 9th, 2019, 11:51 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2506
I'm an older gentleman. When I started to fly fish it was either with fiberglass or cane. There was no such thing as "breathable waders". I live in SE PA. I fish between 80 & 100 days a year.

Question #1: Tell me about the last time you purchased fly-fishing guide services

Answer #1 Hmm, my memory is not good enough to look back that far. I think 1987. Salt water doesn't count because when you go to a lodge a guide is included and the only way to reach a flat.

Question #2: What tools or services did you use to evaluate the guide before purchasing their services? -

Answer #2 Writing a letter, calling on the phone. No computer back then.

Question #3: Did you experience any problems in the purchase process?

Answer #3 No, but many guides think they know a lot and think clients don't know anything.

Question #4: What could be done to improve the purchase process?

Answer #4 This question doesn't make much sense to me. When an angler decides to book a trip with either an outfitter of a fishing lodge or an independent guide the prospective client will typically do some research and call the outfitter or independent and discuss when might be best, where to meet, and what the cost of the guided trip will be. I don't see what could be done to "improve the purchase process".

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WildBrownieSeptember 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm
MD

Posts: 2
Thanks for your input!

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