Whether you're within the mood for fishing from the salt or on the new piece of river one of the easiest ways to make sure that your hook lands in the mouth from the species that populate the river is to find a great fishing guide.
A good fishing guide is not someone who only knows the waters that you'll be fishing - the pharmacist has to be a people person. It's not enough to know climate conditions, feeding habits or tides - this is a person that you're going to be hanging out with - and then any fisherman knows that time around the water can be pleasurable or even an absolute nightmare - it all depends on the company.
When possible set some time apart to go to know your guide before setting out on your fishing trip. Failing this - at the very least make some calls to people who have used the guides services before.
A personal recommendation can be your best bet when it comes to really using not only local knowledge however the personality of your guide - a discussion over a cold beer let you know as much as a string of awards or tales from the one that got away.