We have been writing online fishing reports for the past 22 years and over that time we have taught, helped and guided thousands of fly fishers to achieve their goals in the sport. Most have gone on to be highly proficient fly fishers; some have become some of the very best in the sport.
About 18 months ago we took the difficult decision to take our fishing reports and go private. That is, to make them for members only. Unfortunately, there were other operators using our reports as the basis for their own guided trips, and there were people that were just flat out stealing our images and content and reposting it on their own websites. Yes, you read that correctly. They would copy and post the pics that I took that very day of my clients, on their own Facebook pages and try and pretend that they were successfully operating up here.
# Insert face firmly into palm.
The good news is that these unscrupulous people have nearly all moved on to the next ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme.
#Mission Accomplished. And not in a George W Bush kinda way. I’m speaking George Washington kinda way here.
As you’d imagine, building this website required a significant kind of investment of both time and money. I couldn’t do it myself, and despite being quite skilled with the technology,I was not confident in doing the coding for these changes. At least not to the level where I would trust it to work reliably for you guys. Hence the idea for the paid subscriptions started to take root. It was merely a way to pay for the website build, and the subsequent upkeep on the site, while ensuring that the information contained therein, remained accessible only to members.
To do this we made the join up fee $149 for the first year, and $99/year thereafter. You can learn more here http://gvflyfishing.com/become-a-member We figured that our writing, photos and general content was worth the cost of a cheap imported trout fly per week, and we thought that our true supporters would not hesitate to pay that small amount to help take the reports private.
The response from all of you has been overwhelming.
And so, as we approach 2019, after starting out in 1994, we have a website just for you guys. A place where only a small group of people have access to all this quality information, that cannot be sourced elsewhere. There is no one else capable of reporting on this river as we do, and while we thought that some people would try and fill the void our absence created, and yes some did try for a short period; none of them have anywhere near the experience or understanding of how this system works.
How can they? We been guiding on the Goulburn River every day, for over 24 years.
So, thank you all for your support over the years and going forward. We are always here to help, whether it be a phone call or email about the conditions, a trip you might be planning, advice on gear or technical assistance (we receive daily calls from guys out on the water fishing asking for help in determining what bugs the fish are eating!!)
Hope to see you on the water soon and all the best.
Antony and the GVFFC team.
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P.S. The other way to become a Member is to book a guided session/trip with us. Anyone booking a session with us in the 2018-2019 season and beyond, will automatically receive a complimentary membership upon request.
Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre
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