There is a lot that goes into being a "fishing guide" other than just taking people fishing. All of us who have hired guides over the years, at sometime come to the realization that not all guides are equal, some guides have that special "it". It's a rare combination of Zen, river wisdom,humbleness,and authority coupled with a unique understanding of gear, knots, and techniques, but more important, is the ability of that special guide to instill confidence in a client regardless of his skills or lack there of ... all coached with a smile and patience of a father. It's hard work. Everyday is different in fishing, and yet, to the client, everyday is HIS day ... and it's up to you to find a way to make it happen.
I met Darren on the Babine several years ago, and have become good friends ever since. Our first day on the river together years ago provided me all the information I needed to know about Darren and his skills as a guide. Here was guy who has the "it" and can make it happen everyday, a guide who can think out of the box, and provide his client with not only opportunities, but to walk away at the end of the day with a profound understanding that you just learned a whole bunch about Steelhead fishing, all delivered with a smile and understated approach that makes for a great day of fishing for anyone! ... simply put ... "If you get a chance to fish with Darren, don't pass up the opportunity, this guy is as good as they get ... anywhere!" I'd say that about him even if he wasn't a good friend.
retired North Umpqua river guide