Fly Fishing Charter
Fly fishing charter (and occasional trolling and lure casting)
Chasing trout on fly, from a boat, is a lot of fun. For me there’s nothing like it. Sneaking around the spots you’ll never get to from the bank, plumbing the depths with big flies on 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. All fly fishing charters are catch, photo, and release.
Fly-by-night is a custom fly fishing charter boat built in commercial vessel survey to the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) for up to 4 passengers. The boat has a bow mounted Minn Kota for stealth fishing along bank edges and in soaks.
The boat is based at Adaminaby but I am happy to travel to Jindabyne or Tantangarra for full day trips. Tantangarra is only half-an-hour from Adaminaby and is a wilderness experience. At 1300 metres there is often autumn and winter snow when Lake Eucumbene is just drizzly. And of course there are the Brumbies and eagles.
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 the top of Lake Eucumbene, launching at Providence Portal or Anglers Reach to explore the top of the lake at the river mouth, the flats, and the bays and inlets down to Anglers Reach. The boat is also available for Caddigat Lake (details).
Only two people fish from the boat at any one time, either fishing dries to rising fish (or sometimes blind-dry), or nymphs, wet flies and streamers to fish further down in the water column on sinking lines. The boat carries a maximum of four passengers and we rotate passengers fishing from the boat and the bank. Two passengers gives the maximum flexibility and fishing time. 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. I even remember to pick you up later, as a rule.
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.
I have all the rods and gear you will 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 – all rigged to chase fish wherever we see them – on the surface or on the sounder.
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 (add $50 for launching at Anglers Reach, Providence Portal, or Buckanderra, or travelling to the far side of the lake); 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.
What to bring:
- Food and drink (or I can organise rolls and soft drinks from the bakery for a small extra charge).
- Warm clothing and wet weather gear, sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring a fly net for your hat if they annoy you. The weather can change quickly from a bright sunny day to windy and cold conditions or a thunderstorm in a few hours.
- A FISHING LICENCE IS COMPULSORY FOR MOST ADULTS IN NSW. Get your FISHING LICENCE ON LINE
Strictly no drinking alcohol before or during the charter, or smoking on board the boat.
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.