I had emailed the address at Stehekin Fishing Adventures web page back on August 3rd inquiring about their availability for a guided tour of the river this past weekend. I emailed again on the 20th after not hearing back from him, but to no avail. My friend and I landed on the seaplane Saturday morning at 9:00am and proceeded to the visitor's center to get our back-country camping pass for Harlequin. We then headed up the road to see if the fly shop was still in business and found that they were still there. We purchased some flies and a big can of OFF at the suggestion from the shop-keeper and inquired about a guide for the afternoon. Sure enough, a walk-and-wade was available and we purchased the trip. We walked to the garden and bakery, availed ourselves of fresh veggies and pastries and took the shuttle the rest of the way to Harlequin bridge. As we crossed the bridge we looked up river a couple of hundred yards and told each other, "There's some good water!" with smiles on our faces. The Kokanee had started up the river a week before, the weather was beautiful and we found a great campsite. Our guide showed up a half hour later and we spent the next four to five hours in four different stretches of river without hooking a single fish until the very last hole when a 14-15" Cutthroat took my stone fly nymph. Not much fight but it was the first fish and it was a nice one. During the day we had plied our guide with questions about seasons, the local community, himself, the fish ecology, the times of day, and even about the particular stretch of water we had seen just above the bridge when going to the campground. He was quite friendly and answered all of our questions but discouraged us from fishing that water. The water a couple of hundred yards further up river might produce some fish but eh the stretch we had expressed real interest in he told us was very hard to fish and he didn't know of fish in it. See where this is going? Guess our first fishing spot the next day? Guess what we pulled out of it? Not a bunch but I had five fish rise in the hour or two we spent there and brought two to hand. One measured in at 17-18" and the other at 21-22". Nice Cutts! We struck out on our own and found the water read just the same as it does anywhere else, and not where the guide had us fishing. All in all I am pretty disappointed in the guided experience there. To the guides credit, he had only been fishing for a year or so and was probably more used to the total newb angler and spending his time tying knots and relieving tangles. Still... So, the fishing is great. There's some big fish with some fun and some fight in them. My opinion though: If you can read water, don't bother with the guided service.