Clint Gaston, owner of Gaston’s White River Resort, says those new to fishing will catch more fish and strengthen their skills with help from a professional.
Frank Saska, professional fishing guide, has over 24 years of experience guiding new and seasoned fishermen. Saska is one of more than a dozen guides who work at Gaston’s White River Resort. - Photo BY NOVO STUDIO
Navigating the river. Guides know how to navigate through shallow or swift water to get to the best fishing spots.
Fishing Tactics. Guides fish the water daily, therefore they know what has been working well and how to fish in the current environment. Different baits also require different techniques. Failure to fish the bait in the right manner will decrease effectiveness, but a good guide can teach those techniques.
Learning Experience. Fishing with a guide provides the opportunity to learn things from someone who has devoted their life to fishing. Whether it’s how to cast properly, how to tie a knot, how to handle fish, how to clean fish or how to cook a fish, the list goes on and on.
More Opportunities to Catch Fish. The guides will prep the bait for you and instruct you how to fish it. They take all the guesswork out of it for you.
Regulations. Each river usually has its own set of rules and regulations. There are limits and size restrictions on certain species of fish as well as certain areas of the river that are catch and release only. Failure to obey the rules and regulations can result in a ticket.
Safety. Many rivers can be hazardous if unfamiliar with the obstructions that may be in the water such as trees, rocks and other obstructions.
Knowledge. By fishing with a guide, you are able to pick up their tactics and philosophy. You will gain the knowledge of someone who has fished the river for many years in only a day.