Packaged Trip Companions: Caveat Emptor

I once spent a night in the Amazon trying to sleep with the terrifying growls of a jaguar bursting through the silence every 5 minutes. Turned out it was the snoring of one of my clients. Outdoors columnist Mike Jackson writes about the lessons learned in 40-plus years of traveling and writing, among them the fact that no matter how good the booking agent or the lodge, some anglers just can’t be made happy. “I personally experienced one well-heeled individual who demanded bottled water for his cabin, just so he could mix it with his $400 bottle of rare Scotch. Purified lake water wasn’t good enough for him. He then went on and found fault with three different guides because, as he put it, ‘they only put me on pike that measured 46 inches.’” In Chicago’s Daily Herald.

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