We are an experienced team of fishing guides who have been teaching, guiding and conducting fly fishing trips full-time since 1994. In an industry full of part-timers and fly-by-nighters, we are true professionals who do nothing but instruct and guide; 365 days a year.
Our company is fully licensed to guide in New Zealand, and we run trips to the South Island in the months of November – April each year. Further to this, we also lead trips to Idaho-Montana (USA), Patagonia (Argentina), British Columbia (Canada), and Los Roques (Venezuela). We are members of the PFIGA – the Professional Fishing Instructors and Guides Association of Australia, and we hold certificates in First Aid, Working with Children and Swiftwater Rescue.
In 2002 we completed the construction of our fishing lodge, a beautiful mud brick building set on seventeen acres of private lakes. This building was home to our business for sixteen years, until we sold it in May of 2018. With the sale of the property, we closed our physical store, but all of our specialty hand-tied local flies are still available for purchase from our small premises in Alexandra.
Our website ( www.gvflyfishing.com ) has evolved from what was one of the first fly fishing sites in Australia back in 1996, to an ever-expanding online resource for fly fishers. It is home to a large archive of content, including fly tying instruction, technical articles and fishing reports.
In short, we are here to assist you with all of your fly fishing needs. Whether it be keeping you informed of the current fishing conditions, or offering unbiased advice on what gear to purchase, or taking you out fishing. We are always here to help.
If you wish to speak with us about anything fly fishing related, you can reach us on 03 5773 2513 or 0418 995 611. We are available on the phone from 8am – 10pm every day of the year .
Kind Regards and tight lines,
The GVFFC team
List of the services we offer
MEET THE TEAM
We have a very close-knit team of guides, each of whom are passionate about teaching fly fishing. All are incredibly enthusiastic about sharing their hard-earned knowledge, and they love nothing more than to help others advance their skills and understanding of the sport.
Read on to learn a little more about each of our guides.
Antony Boliancu 47 years old
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Anthony is the owner of Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing. He has guided full-time on the Goulburn River for more than twenty years, and he specialises in drift boating and the more technical aspects of dry fly fishing. He also leads our trips to Montana and other destinations. He loves nothing more than sharing his knowledge of the Goulburn River and it’s tributaries, and his understanding of how to find fish at all river levels and in all conditions is unparalleled.
He spends more time on the oars than anyone else, often doing 45 drifts in January alone; the result of doing two-a-days when the demand for drift boats is greatest. He also has a great understanding of hatch based fishing having spent two and a half decades guiding on the Goulburn and a great deal of time on technical rivers like the Matuara River in New Zealand, Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho and the Missouri River in Montana.
Antony takes close-up photos of rising trout in his spare time, and you can often find him hanging from a tree with a telephoto lens in his hands. Nearly all of the photos you see on this website are his.
Bo Nikolic 51 years old
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Bo is one of life’s true characters and it would be true to say that there are not many people like him these days. He is a wandering spirit who was probably born a couple of centuries too late; and he’s most comfortable with a fly rod in his hands or with a rife and pack on his back.
Bo excels at teaching casting, and his ability to quickly identify and correct faults is amazing. He is a fabulous instructor, equally adept at instructing beginners or teaching the finer points of fly fishing to the more experienced.
In recent years, Bo has done a lot of guiding in New Zealand, and he is now one of our leading NZ guides. He also helps with the Montana trips, and is a qualified drift boat guide, after nearly two decades of tutelage by Anthony, David (semi-retired) and Geoff (semi-retired) .
Bo is the perfect companion on the river or road. He is funny, patient, and hard-working. He goes above and beyond what is expected on every single occasion, and he has an innate ability to make people feel at ease from the outset.
As such, he is one of our most requested guides.
Bo is also a talented musician, playing both the guitar and piano. He is also a deer hunter (compound bow). When not guiding or fishing you will find him playing a gig in the CBD or wandering the backcountry trails of the high country.
Cameron Parker 51 years old
Cameron has been guiding for GVFFC in New Zealand for the past 15 seasons. On his first day he was given a car, a map and two clients; and told to “go for it”…
….. and he’s never looked back!
Fast forward to 2019 and he has worked with, and developed many life-long friendships with a large number of our clients, all the while building a guiding skill-set that consistently gets results on the rivers and streams of the Southland region.
Cameron is an incredibly enthusiastic and positive person. His towering height only matched by his willingness to go hard and do whatever is required; each and every day. We constantly receive feedback from clients that highlights Cameron’s work ethic; with an oft reported quality being that even at the end of the day, when other guides would be back at the lodge, he is still out on the water, crossing rivers and climbing steep banks, in the hope of sighting ‘just one more fish’ for his clients to cast to’.
In a previous life Cameron or “Cammo” as he’s better known, worked as a guide for a large Melbourne fishing outfitter in the Northern Territory, far North Queensland and the outer Barrier Reef, chasing a multitude of species; from Barramundi to Dogtooth Tuna; from Marlin to Trevally.
His career has included stints in the Australian Army, the retail fishing and camping industry, and more recently; a long-standing career with Woolworths in logistics.
Cameron lives in Melbourne with his partner Marg. He loves travelling, fly fishing, reading a great novel and Thai food.
Lachlan Manning 35 years old
Our newest staff Member, with just on six season’s of guiding under his belt, Lachlan (Lachie) is a quiet and unassuming individual with immense back-country experience.
He came to fly fishing while still in the Australian army where he served for ten years. He moved to the Goulburn Valley after returning from Afghanistan and deciding that he wanted to live the quiet life as a fishing guide. He lives close to the Goulburn River with his wife and two young daughters.
Lachlan is the perfect companion in the back-country. He is very comfortable out in the wilds, and his reading of both the weather and the bush is first rate. He once spent forty consecutive nights sleeping on the ground with only a pack, and he is the ideal guide to not only lead you on a back-country fishing trip, but also to impart the sort of knowledge that is only collected via actual experience in the field.
He is out guiding and fishing nearly every day.
Lachlan also guides on our New Zealand trips, and his friendliness, knowledge and eagerness to help, have already made him popular with many of our clients. He also helps us to run our beginner workshops, he offers half/full day guided sessions on all local waters, and is available on demand for customised multi-day – week-long trips to north east Victoria.
Oh yeah. And he makes the best riverside coffee we’ve ever had!!
Geoff Hall 75 years old
Retired in 2014 but back part time in 2018-2019!
Geoff Hall is another legend in these parts. One of original founders of Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre, Geoff played a huge part in the overall vision, direction, and success of the company for over twenty years.
Geoff grew up fishing the rivers of the area and is not only an expert guide, but he’s also steeped in the history of the region. Geoff knows everyone in the district and has been a driving force on many local issues, including battling for better outcomes for our trout fishery, and the protection of the wider environment. His latest work focusing on the threats to the Snob’s Creek catchment.
Geoff is an expert drift boat guide and instructor. He, along with David and Anthony, pretty much wrote the book on fishing the Goulburn River.
Equally adept with fly fishers of all levels, Geoff’s ability to teach and instruct in a relaxed manner, makes him a client favourite.
He is available infrequently and only by prior arrangement.
David Pickering 75 years old
Semi-retired in May 2018! Only available on arrangement
David Pickering is a legend in the Goulburn Valley. Now in his mid-seventies, it would be safe to say that there is not a lot in fly fishing that he hasn’t seen or done.
David was one of the original founders of Goulburn Valley Fly Fishing Centre, having moved to the area in 1989 and five years later (1994) hanging out a shingle that read:
‘Fly Fishing Tuition and Hamburgers’.
Perhaps more than anyone, David’s talents have been honed as a result of being exceptionally single-minded of focus. David just loves to fish, and there’s been many a night where his friends and colleagues have sat on the tailgate of his van in the dark, cursing him and waiting in vain for him to get back to the car.
With David it is always; ‘just one more cast’.
He is an exceptional river angler. A precise short to mid-distance caster with an ability to teach all of the skills that he himself possesses. David has fished with some of the best guides and anglers around the world . As such, he is a very accomplished fly fisher who has forgotten more about the sport than most will ever know.
David was our lead NZ guide for 17 consecutive seasons and as such, his knowledge of the fishing in Southland is extensive. He has also fished for many years in Idaho – Montana – Wyoming, and has also led numerous trips to places such as British Columbia (Canada), Los Roques (Venezuela) and Patagonia (Argentina).
He is also an experienced drift boat guide and has rowed / guided for many years on the Goulburn, Swampy Plain, Tumut and a multitude of rivers in the USA.
David is the only septuagenarian we know who works harder today, than he did twenty years ago. His work ethic is such that he has acquired the moniker of ‘The Terminator’ among all of our staff and many of clients. In his mid-seventies now, he has shown little sign of slowing up.
David is all but retired, and will only work ‘whenever he gets the itch’. He lives with his partner Annella and spends his time bouncing between Thornton, New Zealand, Montana and Melbourne; where he now lives by the beach.