Who introduced you to fly fishing?
David woods a client of mine. I'd been Guiding David and his friends at the Hawthorn Fly Fishing Club for many seasons putting them on fish whenever they came to Tasmaina. David was constantly at me to take up Fly Fishing. It was an ongoing banter we had, I'd constantly tell him I had no need to Fly Fish, I could catch all the fish that I'd ever want to, and he would constantly badger me about taking it up. Until one year when he was on his way home and I was dropping him at the Air Port, he hinted to me to expect something in the mail in the coming weeks, a week later I received a long tube in the mail, of course it was a fly rod. I took it out the next weekend to a nice little River and caught 9 beautiful little Brown Trout. I will never admit this to David but I have never been able to beat the feeling of Spotting, Casting and Landing a Fish on a Fly Rod. Fishing with a Fly Rod is not about how many, It's all quality. 95% of all my Fishing since that day is done with a fly rod in my hand.
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
My Home waters are Fresh and salt water. The fresh water I mainly Fish and Guide on are in the Central Highlands of Tasmaina. A lot of the water in the Highlands is Crystal clear and lends it's self to sight fishing, Spotting Rainbow and Brown Trout, which I believe to be the cream of all fly fishing. Tasmaina is a Island so there is Salt water Fly Fishing all around. I mainly try my luck fishing the southern end of the state and the East Coast for big and small species from Blue Fin Tuna, Mako sharks, Australian Salmon to Gar fish and Flat Head, There are plenty of different species to target in our waters.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
The height of our Fresh water season is December, January and February My personal favourite is mid January to mid February, the warm weather has really kicked the season into gear. The height for our salt water season for mako sharks is january and February. The Blue Fin Tuna is April to May.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
New Zealand and Australia's North East, Cairns area. My Bucket list is anywhere where there is good fishing and good scenery.
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
I like Thomas & Thomas rods because they give me the ability to control the fly line, whether it be a delicate presentation with a dry fly or splashing down a wet to demand a fish's attention. I also like the weight in the rods and the control you can have over it's power, when you need it, its there. Different circumstances require different Rods for different types of fishing with different weather conditions, and I can cover all with the Thomas & Thomas. I use a number of different Thomas & Thomas rods. Some I use are NS-II-9'-6#-4pc, NS-II-9'6"-6#-4pc, H-II-9'-6#-4pc, ATS-10'-5#-4pc, SOLAR 9'-6#-4pc and the SWITCH 11'-6#-4pc. My clients use all these Rods for all the different types of fly fishing, whether it be sight fishing in the western lakes or chasing salmon in the surf.
What's your current go-to fly?
My go to dry Fly is a Bibio Hopper.
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
Polaroid sun Glasses.
My favorite thing about guiding is:
The expression on people's faces and the excitement they show when we have landed a Fish they have hooked up and plaid to the boat or shore.
From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?
To have the best chance to catch fish through the local knowledge of the Guide. Gain new skills and Knowledge from the Guide and being abel to ask questions about anything there not sure about from an expert.
What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...
Catching fish and having a great relaxing day is the number one thing and being looked after with good food and good company. After that, is knowledge. I love to teach client's skills that will help them enjoy the sport they love even more in the future. Those skills could be, how to catch more fish or how to cast a little better and take away any minor frustration that keeps popping up, so their day starts good and ends up great.
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
My Ideal lunch for my clients consist of fresh local produce. Including Meats, salads, breads and a variety of snacks and drinks. Throughout the course of the day, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea are provided. What I pack is three fresh meats out of a selection depending on clients.- Turkey, beef Lamb, Ham, Chicken and pickled pork. All fresh salad which consists of lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickled onion, cucumber, beetroot, and an assortment of fresh local fruit, muffins and a cheese platter. My selection of beverages are tea, coffee, soft drink and bottled water.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
Fly Life Magazine and everything that comes my way.
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Away with my Family having a good time camping or sightseeing, perhaps at new fishing locations.