Nothing is more important in fly fishing than learning to read the water

Streamcraft is the name used to describe the collective skill-set required to find, fool and catch trout in running water.

All of our instructors are ‘mad’ about river fishing and have spent a considerable part of their lives chasing trout in streams. This is perhaps the first thing we would recommend that you find out when choosing someone to instruct you in streamcraft. Do the instructors fish/guide on rivers on a daily basis?

We chose Thornton as our base back in 1994 because it has two of the best rivers in Victoria within a few minutes of each other. The Goulburn and Rubicon Rivers are very different and offer every situation you are likely to encounter while trout fishing, both here and around the world.

From the small stream Rubicon River with it’s classic pool, riffle, run structure, to the majestic Goulburn River tailwater with its 70 metre wide gravel bars and terrific hatch based fishing. These two rivers are polar opposites and therefore complementary, when utilised to instruct our clients in the art of streamcraft.

Streamcraft lessons typically involve time on both rivers, allowing us to teach both small and large stream skill-sets. This can be modified as per the clients individual needs or the conditions at the time. A full day’s streamcraft instruction may include time on both rivers or multiple sessions on different sections of one of them.

All of our guides are passionate river fishermen who have each taught thousands of fly fishers the art of streamcraft over the past twenty plus years. We leave no stone unturned (entomological pun intended) in helping you to develop your skills.

An example of the sort of skills taught on a daily basis are:

  • Choosing gear and appropriate clothing
  • Setting up your gear
  • How to read the water at a distance
  • How to enter the water and approach a fish/likely spot
  • Wading safely and stealthily
  • How to match the hatch and choose flies
  • Interpreting trout rise forms
  • Casting techniques and appropriate presentation
  • Drag free drifts and how to achieve them in any water
  • Timing the strike and hooking fish
  • Fighting fish quickly and effectively to minimise our impact on them
  • Releasing fish and how to ensure your fish is unharmed in the process
  • The ethics of interacting with fish, streams, landowners and other anglers

These are just some of the many things that our instructors will cover in any given session. All of our staff are full time fly fishing instructors with a knack for imparting information and skills that have taken many decades to attain.

A half or full day streamcraft session is perhaps the single most important thing that the beginner/intermediate fly fisher can do to make the next jump in level to consistently catching fish. In the space of a single session, we will get you understanding the key concepts and capable of independent progress; cutting many years from the learning process and increasing your enjoyment of fly fishing in the process.

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. ;-)