Guide Trip Covid-19 Procedures

Pre Trip Booking

–  Q/A on the Clients expectations

– Where has the client been past 2-4 weeks- traveling, out of the country etc…

– Client health- any COVID-19 Symptoms?

-Inform clients they are required to wear a mask during the trip and recommend bringing gloves.

– Encourage them to bring their own water, bug spray, and sunscreen, but inform them that the guides will still have those items.

Client Expectations

– Keep social distancing during the trip

– Client will drive themselves from shop to fishing location

– They will be required to wear a mask and prefer to have gloves as well.

Guide Expectations

– Guides are required to use a face mask and gloves during the guide trip.

– Personal equipment will be sanitized before and after every trip to ensure client/guide safety.

– Eco friendly detergent to clean waders, boots, rod, reels, and other equipment before and after clients use it.

– Guides may take these spray bottles on their trips to sanitize gear before the clients touch it. (rod, reels, sunglasses, and other gear)

– We will still provide water, sunscreen, and bug spray, but encourage the client to bring their own.

– Guides will be required to carry hand sanitizer for themselves and their clients, always encourage your clients to bring their own.

– Guide trip start times are going to be staggered to ensure that there is only one group at a time getting fitted for gear and using the shop.

Pre-Trip Communications

–  Call your clients prior to trip date.

– Decide on a meet time that either works with the other guide trips or with your clients.

– Reiterate they are required to bring a mask and should have some type of gloves.

– Encourage clients to buy their fishing license online and sign the waiver.

– Encourage them to bring their own water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Meeting at the Shop

– When meeting your clients make sure to have your buff & gloves on; refrain from greeting with a handshake.

Upstairs restroom is for clients.

Guide Shed

– Only one guide trip is allowed to use the guide shed at a time.

– Chairs will be sanitized after your clients use them and before anyone else uses them.

– After clients have been fitted for waders and boots, they will take the gear with them in their vehicle to the fishing location.

During the Trip

– Guides and clients will drive separately to the fishing location

– Encourage and practice social distancing

– Refrain from standing right next to your client and use a 6 foot rule.

– Bring an extra fly rod to use as a pointer to instruct clients where to throw and demonstrate casting, hook set, drift, etc..

– Client’s safety is still priority number one, if they need help wading across the river, getting up or down ledges, falling in river, etc., you should help them.

– Lunches will still be provided by Great Harvest, but clients can bring their own if they feel more comfortable.

– Pictures will only be taken with guides cameras to limit contact with clients possessions

– Try to not hold the clients rod during pictures, have them put it in their arm pit or put it on the ground. And refrain from allowing your client to handle your net while they hold their fish for the picture.

Post Trip Procedures

– After the trip, clean the rod and reels enough to store in the car until deeper cleaning can happen.

– Clients should de-wader after the trip and place their gear in a box or tub so to limit the guide from touching the equipment.

– When you receive cash tips try to store elsewhere until you can sanitize it.

– Eco friendly detergent in the guide shed to spray the waders and boots.

– Focus on cleaning the buckles, straps, zippers, pouches and other high touched areas.

-Flip the waders inside out and repeat the process.

– Your rod and reel should be thoroughly cleaned after the trip to ensure no transmission between each client and yourself.

– Be sure to also clean your tub after every trip since clients will be utilizing it for their waders and boots.