How to Book a Trip

How to start your adventure



Enter your destination into the search bar to see the listings available in that area. You can filter results based on your desired dates, listing type, amenities provided and more.

Use all the tools at your disposal to find your perfect guide and listing. Reviews, photos, maps and more help you evaluate listings. Guide profiles help you get a feel which trips are right for you.

When you find the perfect match, check availability by sending a booking request. The trip provider has up to 48 hours to respond (if no response occurs in that time, the request expires).

Don't want to wait? Refine your search by "Instant Book Only" or look for the green lightening bolt on a listing's calendar, which indicates that date is open for instant booking.



When a trip provider confirms availability, you will be notified via email and asked for payment through Open Angler's secure payment system. Your trip request is confirmed upon receipt of payment. You will always have the opportunity to view your trip request before deciding to book.



Your trip is so close you can almost hear your line catch! Contact your provider directly to confirm arrival times and details. You can always find all the details of your trip, including contact information, in your dashboard.

Whether you're reeling in one for the record books or cruising into a National Geographic-worthy sunset, we want to know about it. Share your experience with your friends, social media followers and tag Open Angler to see your photos and reviews on our sites.


Answers to FAQ



When you check a trip provider's availabiliy, you are essentially making a booking request. You are welcome to check availability with as many providers as you like, to increase your chances of finding one who can accommodate your party. Trip providers have 48 hours to accept or decline a reservation request before it automatically expires. You will be notified via email each time a trip provider either accepts or declines your request.

To complete a booking you will be asked to enter payment, and upon doing so, you are confirming your booking with that provider. If you have multiple accepted requests, simply enter payment for the one you wish to confirm, and cancel the rest. It is common courtesy to respond to each accepted request so that trip providers can run their business efficiently.

As the customer, any accepted requests which have not been confirmed with a payment method will automatically expire after 5 days. The trip provider may rescind an accepted request at any time if they have not received payment; bookings are generally made on a first come, first serve basis.



Open Angler will keep your payment until 24 hours after your trip, so you and your guide have the opportunity to make on-the-spot changes to your trip in the event of inclement weather or other day-of needs, and to protect both parties in the event that a misrepresentation has occurred.


The Day of Your Trip

After you confirm your booking with payment, we'll provide you with the direct contact information for your trip provider, and likewise your trip provider will receive your direct contact information.  Before you leave for your trip, it's important to contact your guide and confirm your arrival time.  You may contact your provider using their direct email or phone number provided, or you can send a message directly through the "Send Message" link found on the booking form. Open Angler will maintain records of messages sent through our platform, which can be used in the event an issue arises. Open Angler is not held responsible for any interactions which occur outside of our platform.

Learn More: Messaging


Changing or Cancelling your Trip

You can alter or cancel trips from your Dashboard. You and your guide can make adjustments to your reservation, like date changes and additional guests, if you both agree to them. You may cancel your reservation at any time and Open Angler will uphold the cancellation policy for your reservation. Be sure to read and understand the cancellation policy on your confirmed booking before making any changes.

Learn More: Changes and Cancellation



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