Fly Fishing Charter Boat

Snowy Mountains Lakes Fly Fishing Charters

Snowy Mountains Lakes Fly Fishing Charter Boat

Fly fishing charter boat.

Chasing trout on fly and lure from a boat, is a lot of fun  Sneaking around the spots you’ll never get to from the bank, fishing deep water with sinking lines, drifting across yabby flats, or chasing rising fish with a team of dries. There are always options. I charter the boat on Lake Eucumbene, Lake Jindabyne, Tantangara Reservoir, and Caddigat Lake (details). Charters are catch, photo, and release.

Along-shore drift - fly fishing charter

Along-shore drift

Fly-by-night is a custom fly fishing charter boat built in commercial vessel survey by Seajay in Bundaberg to the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV).  The boat is based at Adaminaby but I am happy to travel to Jindabyne or Tantangarra for full day trips. Tantangarra is only forty minutes from Adaminaby and is a wilderness experience. At an altitude of over 1300 metres there is often autumn and winter snow when Lake Eucumbene is just drizzly. And of course there are the Brumbies and eagles. Tantangara Brumbies

My favourite fly fishing charter boat day-trip-package is to fish Tantangarra in the morning, exploring the mouths of the Murrumbidgee River and Nungar Creek, a bankside lunch, then move to Lake Eucumbene, launching at Providence Portal or Anglers Reach to explore the top of the lake from the mouth of the Eucumbene River and the nearby flats, bays, and inlets.

Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Charter

Only two people fish from the boat at any one time, either fishing dries, or nymphs and streamers to fish further down in the water column on either floating or sinking lines.  The boat is a great way to access wind friendly bays, and shorelines not readily accessible from land – especially if you’re interested in polaroiding the best banks away from the crowds. I do not hold insurance to guide on shore, so once passengers are dropped off, they are liable for their own well being.

If you’re new to fly fishing, or new to boat fishing that’s fine. I can probably teach you a lot, and hopefully send you away with new knowledge and ideas. And if you’re into lure casting I’m also happy to take you out.

I have all the fly rods you’ll need, but feel free to bring your own. Most of my rods are Sage, and I usually carry four. Two Sage 1 rods for sinking lines, and two Z Axis rods for floating lines.

How much?

Fly fishing charter boat Fly fishing charter boat fees start at $320 for a 4 hour door-to-door local waters trip, launching from Old Adaminaby on Lake Eucumbene; a long day trip including Eucumbene and Tantangara is $850. For whole day trips, if we don’t catch a fish there’s 30% off the next trip. For launching at Tantangara or Jindabyne add $50.

What to bring:

  • Food and drink (or I can organise rolls and soft drinks from the bakery for a small extra charge).
  • The weather can change quickly from a bright sunny day to windy and cold conditions or a thunderstorm in a few hours, so warm clothing and wet weather gear, sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring a fly net for your hat if they annoy you.

Strictly no drinking alcohol before or during the charter, or smoking on board the boat. If you wear waders you wear a lifejacket at all times. If you don’t wear waders then you wear one when underway and at other times of higher risk.

Loch style and the “drogue”

In Australia, loch style has come to mean any form of fly fishing from a boat. Originally, it was quite a specific method peacefully drifting broadside to the breeze, casting to rising fish, dapping flies onto the surface often no more than a rod length or two from the boat.

A critical piece of gear for boat fly fishing is the sea anchor, parachute anchor, or drogue – fundamentally the same thing.  The aim is simple, to slow down the rate of drift, and increase the amount of time your flies are in the fishing zone.

Snowy Lakes Fly Fishing Charters Drogue

Snowy Lakes Fly Fishing Charters Drogue Fishing

Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Charters

Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Charters

Fly Fishing and Accommodation in Adaminaby