Who introduced you to fly fishing?
My wife, and she still doesn't know why she did...
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
My home waters are small mountain streams that are super tight in the headwaters and quite open in the lower reaches. Mostly Brown trout in the 1/2-2lb range with the very occasional Rainbow which we refer to as Jewels of the river (just because of their rarity)
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
Summer is our peak, Spring can be hit and miss, if we get late rains though there is always a stream further North or East that will run clear. My happy time is when the willow grubs are hitting the water, there are a few streams north of here that have good falls and health fish taking them, fish to 4lb are common.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
I love fishing the saltwater flats of Hervey Bay (QLD) for Golden Trevally, these fish are my favorite flats fish, big and strong, and they "tail" on the sand flats. Asian jungle streams are a place I'd love to fish, crystal clear water with amazing looking fish.
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
Thomas and Thomas rods are undeniably the best finished rods in the game, so they are always a pleasure to show off, but its in the fishing that they shine. All to often rod manufacture's have chased fast lighter stiffer and not produced fishing rods with feel. Thomas and Thomas rods are true to weight and a dream to cast, the more I develop as a casting instructor, the more I appreciate the flex point and recovery of T&T rods. I guide lakes and use a pair of NSII rods, a 9' and 9'6" 6wt, as well as a NS5 and LPSII 9' 5wt on occasions. On the streams I use the LPSII 9' 5wt on the broader water and a ESP 7'6" 3wt in the tighter reaches. In the Northeast of our state I prefer the ESP 7'6" 5wt, this rod feels more like a 3 than a 5wt. We are often fishing with a bit of weight in tight water to larger fish and the rod is ideal.
What's your current go-to fly?
On my local water a Copper beaded Pheasant tail nymph under Royal stimulator... Lakes, either a scintilla stick caddis or a superglue buzzer
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
My favorite thing about guiding is:
Happy faces, I love it when the customers have a win, from nailing a cast to sliding the fish back in the water.
From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?
Finding fish, how to fish the fly, learning how to read water and how to cover the water... It's amazing how many people can't see the fish in front of them.
What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...
Confidence is the main take away, the confidence to fish waters and believe the fish are there. I love to teach the customers to cast less and keep slack line in control.
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
For customers? Turkish buns, salad leaves and cold meats, a sweet cake or bun and some muesli bars, coffee or a beer at the car. For me and mates... some muesli bars and BBQ shapes for the trip home.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
Mag's, FlyLife (the Australian classic). Flystream (a new player). Several of the online only mags hit the inbox but I mostly just pick through them. I looks at Gink and Gasoline, Itinerant Angler, Fibregalss manifesto. Social media directs me to quite a few different blogs.
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Teaching, casting, fly tying, making bread or beer and reading about fishing... or making bamboo rods.