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Common Questions & Answers

1. Do I need to pay a deposit and what is your cancellation policy?

2. Do I need to book in advance?

3. How many anglers per guide?

4. Can I bring a non fishing –partner with me on the drift boat?

5. Who will my guide be?

6. Will I have the same guide each day?

7. Where do I meet up with the guide?

8. What if it rains?

9. What is included on my guided trip?

10. Where will we fish?

11. How can I prepare for my trip?

12. What should I bring for my trip?

13. How can I find stream/fishing info?

14. Can I keep the fish I catch?

15. What are your prices for fly fishing services and accommodation?

1. Do I need to pay a deposit and what is your cancellation policy?

We require a credit card to secure your booking but we do not make any charges to it at the time of booking.

For detailed information on cancellations, please see our CANCELLATION POLICY.

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2. Do we need to make advance reservations for our guided fly fishing trip?

In most instances you can simply walk in and book a guide. However we would advise you to book ahead of time wherever possible. During the peak fly fishing months we will often be booked out at least 2 weeks in advance and sometimes even longer. As such we recommend booking your fly fishing trip as far ahead as possible. This is especially true for accommodation, where weekends can be booked out months in advance.

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3. How many other fisherman will be sharing my guide?

If you make a booking on your own, it will just be you and the guide 1:1. We will not be pairing you up with anyone. If you book with a friend the ratio will be 1:2. If your group is bigger than two, we will put on another guide or allow you to bring the third person at a reduced fee. Half day $90 - Full Day $130. If you are happy to have more people per guide and we can work out a specific rate for a maximum of 5 anglers per guide/instructor. Drift boat trips are for a maximum of 2 anglers per boat. If your party is bigger we have more boats!

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4. Can I bring a non-fishing partner with me on the drift boat?

Yes. Non fishing partners are welcome and will enjoy a drift boat or drift boat trip trip almost as much as you the angler will. Platypus are plentiful and the scenery is wonderful. Non-fishing partners are advised to bring plenty of sun protection, camera and a book. Fees for non-fishing partners are: Evening Drift - $50, Half day -$75, Full Day - $95.

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5. Who will my guide be?

Unless you specifically request a guide, guide allocation will not occur until the day of your trip. We do our best to match clients with the guides that will provide the experience they are seeking. If you ask for a certain guide, we will schedule you with them unless they have already been requested by someone else prior to you booking. At times allocated guides may not be available (due to illness or personal reasons) and another equally experienced guide will be provided.

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6. Will I have the same fishing guide every day?

Not necessarily. Bookings prior to yours may mean that your guide is not available on the dates or some of the dates you have requested. On top of this the day to day schedules are always changing as guides that are here one day, can be working interstate or overseas the next.

Many of our clients like to fish with different guides each day because they learn different things from each one. If you would like to fish with the same guide each day, please let us know that when you book your trip and we will endeavor to set this up for you.

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7. Where and when do we meet?

Most of our guide trips start at Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre and so we usually suggest meeting about 15-30 mins before the scheduled start time. Full days and late afternoon sessions can see us ending well after dark. This can make for a very late arrival back to the centre in high summer and an after midnight arrival home if you are traveling the two hours back to Melbourne.

Please let us know when you book your trip if you need a shorter day or earlier start time. Please let your guide know on the day of the trip so that he can choose an appropriate stretch of the river that will work with your schedule.

For trips to the Swampy, Mitta Mitta and over destinations, your guide will discuss the meeting arrangements with you beforehand. For the Swampy we mostly meet at Khancoban Lakes Resort (caravan park) or below the dam wall at Khancoban Pondage/Swampy Plains river. For the Mitta Mitta the main meeting point is Eskdale Hotel. Your guide will confirm this with you.

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8. What if it rains or the weather is less than ideal on the day of my trip?

Rain has never been a big issue for us due to our location and the number of blue sky/fine days we get per annum. Nevertheless fly fishing is an outdoor sport and some of the best fishing occurs when the weather is adverse.

If we determine that the conditions will prevent a good day on the water; your trip can be deferred or a refund given. If we determine that it is worth heading out, then we expect that you will trust our assessment and do the booked session as planned. It is in neither our/your interests to run a trip that will be miserable and unproductive; but we know the local conditions and will make the call based on our experience.

It has become necessary to stipulate this as many folk are making a judgment call based on the weather in Melbourne, when the conditions here are a world away. Often Melbourne will be cold, wet or windy and as soon as you drive over the top of the mountain range you have fine conditions on this side.

Cancellations due to incorrect perceptions are especially frustrating when we could have filled the spot 10x over and a last minute change of heart by the client means a cancellation and no booking at all. As such we strictly enforce our Cancellation Policy to protect our business and our guides. There are no exceptions made in regards to our Cancellation Policy.

We want to ensure that we have both happy guides and happy clients, so any calls based on the weather are made by us. Please phone us to discuss the weather if you are concerned.

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9. What is included in the price of a guide trip?

The guided fishing trip fee includes the guide's time, use of fly rods if needed on a replace if broken basis ($90 to replace a tip as of 11/09/2012), transportation to/from the shop from local accommodation if required, flies/terminal tackle and a great day of fishing. All trips include snacks and drinks. Lunch is provided on the full day trips. Fishing licenses are not included but are required. They are inexpensive and can be purchased in our shop or online here.

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10. Where will we fish?

Many people choose the water they want to fish well in advance; either because they wish to learn about a certain waterway or they wish to return to scenes of past glories! Still more leave it up to us, preferring the guide to determine the best location on any given day.

By the time you arrive at the centre, your guide will have had a chance to talk with our other guides and he will have the latest information on what areas are fishing well. We advise you to follow the guide’s recommendations, but do not hesitate to let him know if you have any particular agenda for the day.

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11. What should I do to prepare for my trip?

If you have fly fishing experience, the best thing you can do to prepare for a guided trip is practice your casting. If there isn't any suitable water near your home or office, then go to a local park and cast on the grass. Practicing on water is best if possible. If you are a beginner then don't practice your casting! We want you teach you the correct techniques right from the very start.

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12. What do I need to bring for a full day of fly fishing?

Beginners need only bring a hat, sunglasses, appropriate clothing for the weather (no bright colours) and a belt for holding up waders (that we will provide).

For those that already fly fish all you need is your normal trout fly fishing gear! A five weight is the recommended all round rod. If you have a four it will be perfect for the smaller rivers like the Rubicon and Big and a six is great for throwing large hoppers and double fly rigs from the drift boat. A seven is too heavy for local conditions and will greatly restrict your ability to make delicate presentations at close range. If you do not have the correct gear, please let us know so that we can supply it for you.

You only need a floating fly line-preferably olive, green, grey,brown or any dull colour - all year round. Breathable waders are great for autumn-winter-spring but thigh boots or hip waders are much more comfortable from November through March inclusive (summer months).

If fishing from the drift boat during the summer months when the temperatures are hot, light pants or shorts and sandals are fine. If you prefer shorts you will need plenty of sunscreen. We recommend that you always have a hat, polarized sunglasses and waterproof sunscreen. Be prepared for cool mornings/evenings and hot days. A lightweight sweater/vest and a lightweight raincoat should be included in your day pack as a precaution. Clothing should be subdued colours as much as possible. No yellows or whites etc.This includes hats! Bright colours = less fish.

A small day pack is worth taking with you to carry personal items either in the truck or boat. A personal water bottle or camelback is well worth having for extended times on the river. An esky/ice box is taken with us on the boats so there are always cold drinks at hand. Wading boots with cleats cannot be worn in our boats as it will damage the floors. Sandals such as Tevas/Keens/Simms are best in the boat.

At the shop your guide will discuss the fishing options available to you and review your equipment at your request. If you require help in setting up gear or purchasing new items, please let us know beforehand and organise to come in early, as setting up equipment can be time consuming. We have a fully stocked flyshop and can provide you with anything you may need.

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13. Where do I find out about local fishing conditions?

We run the longest running fly fishing reporting website in Australia. Reports can be viewed on Antony’s Blog at http://www.flyfishingupdates.com Reports on the fishing along with river levels/conditions can be found on his blog. The current river level can be determined by phoning 03 5770 8128. This message is recorded daily.

If you have any further questions or just need some personalised advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

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14. Can I keep the fish I catch?

We have a strict catch and release policy meaning that any fish caught while being by us must be returned to the water unharmed. Trout in Australia have a hard time dealing with hot summers and inadequate protection by Fisheries managers. As a result we decided early on in our business to commit to a total catch and release policy to ensure the sustainability of the resource for the benefit of not only our business, but also for the generations of anglers to come.

All guides carry cameras and a photo makes a much better souvenir than a dead fish. The beauty of this being that the fish swims off none the worse for wear, to hopefully one day spawn and replenish the streams to future generations of fly fishers.

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15. How much does it cost?

More detailed information on our Fly Fishing Trip Rates can be found here.

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To book or for more information phone us on Free Call 1800 458 111


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