Where: Acheron, Goulburn River Valley
If you want to learn about fly fishing, Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing owner, Antony, would have to be one of your top picks! He has guided full-time on the Goulburn River for more than 20 years, and has spent more time on the water than any of the other Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing guides (who are all great too, by the way).
Antony specialises in drift boat and technical dry fly fishing, has a deep understanding of hatch-based fishing, and leads many international fishing trips every year. His knowledge of the Goulburn River, and his understanding of how to find fish at all river levels and in all conditions, is unparalleled. Antony takes close-up photos of rising trout in his spare time. You can often find him hanging from a tree with a telephoto lens in his hands. Antony is first-aid qualified, a Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and a Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association member.
The planInsects come out in droves during summer, and as a result, so do the trout! This is the perfect time to learn how to fly-fish for trout in the beautiful upper Goulburn Valley, near Alexandra. Spend a day with one of an experienced team of enthusiastic instructors, and learn everything you need to know to get started with fly casting, entomology, trout behaviour, and practical fishing.
The fruits of your labourNo need to worry about food – a morning and afternoon tea of biscuits, coffee and tea is included, and so is lunch – a sit down meal at The Grant Street Grocer. Bottled drinking water will be provided. Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing has a strict catch-and-release policy. It’s our view that a photo makes for a much better souvenir than a dead fish, and this way the fish swims off to hopefully one day spawn and replenish the streams. But don’t worry – your guide will have the camera at the ready, to capture any moments of fishing glory!
The kit requiredPlease make sure you have adequate sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. You’ll also need to wear a belt, and weather-appropriate clothing depending on the conditions of the day. Please avoid wearing bright colours, especially yellow and white (they scare away the fish!).