Beginner’s Lessons


There’s essentially two ways in which we teach fly fishing. Either as a two day workshop, or by the hour, half day or full day at a time of your choosing. The most popular option is the two day workshop.

Beginner’s Workshops

Join a group of 9 participants for a comprehensive two-day workshop that will give you express entry into the sport of fly fishing and cut years off of the learning process. We take you through all that you need to know, removing the superfluous and focusing on the most important aspects.

Everything from gear to knots, insects to trout behavior; will be explained and illustrated in a practical way.

This is no stuffy workshop with lots of note taking and theory. We keep things interesting with the focus on delivering the necessary information in a relaxed environment.

The workshop commences at 9.30am on Saturday (see scheduled dates below) at our fly fishing centre in Thornton (less than two hours drive from Melbourne CBD and airport) and concludes at 5.30pm the following afternoon. We provide all of the gear including flies, rods, waders; as well as morning/afternoon tea, lunch and all instruction. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing for the weather, a hat, a pair of sunglasses and a willingness to have fun and learn.

All are welcome to participate regardless of age and/or experience level. While it is a beginner’s workshop in name, many intermediate fly fishers will also get a lot out of it.

Workshop Details

Maximum # Participants: 9

  • Gear overview
  • Knots
  • Casting instruction
  • Line management Fly selection
  • Entomology
  • Fly selection
  • Trout behavior
  • Streamcraft
  • Reading water – lakes and rivers
  • Interpreting hatches and trout behavior
  • Stalking fish
  • Fishing blind
  • Casting to fish
  • Releasing fish


BEGINNER Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 December, 2017 YES
BEGINNER Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December, 2017 YES
BEGINNER Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 January, 2018 YES
BEGINNER Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 January, 2018 YES
BEGINNER Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 March, 2018 YES
BEGINNER Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 April, 2018 YES
BEGINNER Saturday 21 – Sunday 22, April, 2018 YES

Can’t see a date that suits your schedule? Grab some friends together and we will schedule a workshop based on your needs and we will find others to make up the numbers if you’re short!

This is a great way to get a firm grounding in the sport. Our aim is to take you from total novice, to budding amateur in a single weekend. You will be capable of independent progress upon completion of the workshop; having a good grasp of both casting and how to find and fool trout with a fly.


$390 per person for the 2 Day Course. Price includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea (both days), tuition, course materials and use of any gear as required. Accommodation is not included in the price but we can assist you to find suitable accommodation nearby.

The three instructors running the course have over 60 years of experience teaching fly fishing between them, and they are more than happy to answer any and all questions that you have.

KEY REASONS why you should learn to fly fish with us:

* only $390 per person for the 2 Day Workshop

* only 6 – 9 participants per workshop with two-three instructors. Ratio of 3:1 = more individual attention

* all our instructors are full time professionals who teach fly fishing every single day

* we have the best teaching facility in the country

* GVFFC has been teaching fly fishing full time since 1994

* we have taught thousands of people to fly fish over the years. We can teach you too!

* we have a fully stocked flyshop and only sell gear that we ourselves use. Beginner’s combos start at $299 for a good quality, ‘ready to fish’ rod/reel/line package and are available for purchase every day of the year.

Can’t find a suitable date for a our beginner’s workshop?

Never mind. We conduct private sessions for individuals or private groups every day of the year at the normal teaching/guiding rate.

Please view our price list by clicking here or phone us on FreeCall 1800 458 111 for more information.

Please note the Cancellation Policy before making a booking. ;-) Due to the heavily discounted price of our workshops, payment in full is required at the time of booking.