First off, I did not get to fish with Richard. To make a long story short, I had all my fly rods stolen before I arrived in St Martins (at the Denver AP, but that is another story). So I arrived in St. Martins without my fly rods, but with everything else (reels, flies, leader, etc., etc.). I called Richard soon after arrival and he said there might be a chance he could get me a fly rod from another client to borrow. There are no places I could find (and he confirmed) that I could buy a fly rod as the fishing there is oriented to mostly to deep sea and spin cast fishing.
We also noticed a very blustery surf when we arrived and it was confirmed that a cold front had moved in and the surf was churned up. Since we were shore fishing, this was not good. In talking to Richard, we decided to postpone for a day. Next day was not good either. The next day was Carnival in Dutch St Martins and not a good day to wander the island looking for fish (we both agreed) and besides my wife and I wanted to go to Phillipsburg to see the parade (if you are there when it happens, GO!)
The week was almost over and my booking was interfering with some of his others, and even then he said the fishing was not good. Then there was the fly rod problem (I would have been only marginally interested in spin fishing). So, we decided to just cancel. Since I paid in advance, he said he'd refund my money. After some delay, caused by a bank transfer problem and personal matters (death in the family), I received my refund.
Would I book with him again, yes. I believe he is an honest fellow, dedicated to giving his clients a good experience. I would have given him 3 stars for good intentions, I added a star for the refund which he could have pocketed. We will go back to St. Martins eventually and we will be sure to book a day or two with him and try to get the inshore Grand Slam on a fly rod (Snook, Bonefish and Tarpon)!
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