Well said Kaari...we are guides and right now it's 24 degrees outside and not a lot of folks want to stand in a pocket of river with ice on it. We are seasonal and 3 months out of the year...there is very little work. Average it out, and you might be able to eek out a living. In today's world, so much emphasis is based on "how many" not on "how was the overall experience". It's sad to see that there are still those people that base their tips, trips and experience on "how big/many". For us it's about the outdoor quality of life, the beautiful brown trout, the awesome steelie, and the dance of the eagles high above. It's about the big horn ram, or the goslings, or sometimes just the beautiful day in front of us. Dang, I could go on forever, but what I do know is that I traded this for If a waitress or waiter, loves his/her job, then it shows and people want to tip...more than that they want to return (especially if the food is good) which exactly is what makes or break our business. It's up to the individual, but think about the experience, we have no control over the weather, water temperature, water levels, hatch or no hatch, and especially the way the client wants to follow the guides advice. Tip or no tip, it's all about the quality of life.