Goulburn River Adventure

 

TRIP DOT POINTS  

  • Scheduled dates exist but this trip can be run at any time subject to our availability.
  • Complementary airport transfers for our interstate guests.
  • Four full days of fly fishing  (Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday) including a mix of drift boating on the Goulburn River and/or exploration of the smaller streams nearby.
  • Five nights of accommodation Sunday – Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday are included in the price.
  • Leave home Sunday and be home by Friday before the weekend.
  • Add an extra day of fishing and night of accommodation for $450 per person i.e. fish the Friday and depart Saturday).
  • Accommodation in the form of hotel rooms or private homes in the area, but this is upgradable upon request to a private high-end luxury homestead with stunning valley views for approximately $500 per person based on a four person group booking.
  • Meals – lunches are included on the guided days. Breakfasts and dinners are a mixture of self-cater or pay your own way.
  • A complementary trip planning session and BBQ dinner at our base of operations / flyshop in Alexandra on the night you arrive.
  • Suitable for any age or fitness level. Having the drift boats and ability to drive right to the river in numerous locations means this trip is suitable for everyone.
  • Guide : Client ratio 1:2. Minimum of four people per trip and a maximum of eight.
  • Trips are run by our leading guides.
  • All flies are provided.
  • Just $2,750 per person with a deposit of $500 per person.
  • 5 -7 day trips available on request.

Pull together a group of friends and come fish the superb Goulburn River from our drift boats, as well as some of the smaller feeder streams of the enormous Lake Eildon Catchment.

The Goulburn is the best tailwater in the country. It has over sixty kilometres of premium trout water, with predictable cold water flows and amazing weed beds that are home to huge populations of insects with a staggering 95% of the fishing being with dry flies. It also has a great variety of fishing opportunities. Think sight fishing to edgewater feeders, nymphing gravel bars, big hatches complete with lots of rising fish, and excellent streamer fishing with big flies.

But it is not just about the Goulburn. Rivers like the Jamieson, Howqua, Delatite and Big all offer good trout fishing high up in the hills, where the trout are eager, and the life expectancy of a dry fly is not very long at all.

We also have private access to the larger lowland rivers including the Rubicon and Acheron. The former having featured in much of the writings of the late, great David Scholes where features like Mr Findlay’s Water Race can still be found. We can even arrange a visit and possible fish of this fabled water for those wanting to walk in Scholes’ footsteps and experience a genuine piece of Australian fly-fishing history.


 


 

AVAILABLE DATES    or pick any six day window and ask us. 
SUN 21 FEB – FRI 26 FEB BOOKED 
SUN 28 MAR – FRI 5 MAR BOOKED 
SUN 7 MAR – FRI 12 MAR BOOKED 
SUN 14 MAR – FRI 19 MAR BOOKED 
SUN 21 MAR –  FRI 26 MAR BOOKED 
SUN 28 MAR – FRI 2 APR AVAILABLE 
SUN 11 APR – FRI 16 APR BOOKED 
SUN 18 APR – FRI  23 APR BOOKED 
SUN 25 APR – FRI 30 APR AVAILABLE 
SUN 2 MAY – FRI 7 MAY AVAILABLE 
SUN 9 MAY – FRI 14 MAY AVAILABLE 
SUN 16 MAY- FRI 21 MAY AVAILABLE 
SUN 23 MAY- FRI 28 MAY AVAILABLE 

The base cost of this trip is $2,750 p.p. Included in the price are five nights of comfortable accommodation, four full days guided fishing (combination of walk/wade and/or drift boat), all lunches, use of all gear and flies, transport in modern 4WD vehicles, as well as a B.B.Q. dinner at our base of operations on the first night of the trip. We can even arrange transportation to and from Melbourne Airport at no additional charge.

Not included are fishing licenses, alcohol, breakfasts and dinners which can be sourced in town; less than a minute’s walk from your accommodation.

This trip is for groups of fly fishers wanting to have a genuine adventure close to home. It’s also a great way to make up for a lost New Zealand trip given there will be no international travel this season. It is also an excellent option for interstate fly fishers who may never have experienced fishing on this excellent tailwater.

Dates for this trip are on arrangement and it can be run at any time, subject to our availability.



Sample Itinerary

Please note that this is only a sample itinerary. We can run this trip based solely on drift boat fishing for those wanting to fish from the luxury of our boats every day.

DAY 1   

Meet at our base of operations in Alexandra and settle into your accommodation for the first of five nights. Planning session with the guides at our store and a complementary B.B.Q. dinner with the guides.



DAY 2    

Drift boat the Goulburn River Section 1 Eildon to Thornton. Full Day.



DAY 3:

4WD trip into the hills to chase fish in small water with three weights and dry flies.



DAY 4:

Drift boat the Goulburn River Section 2 Thornton to Alexandra. Full Day.



DAY 5:

Walk – Wade fish on a small stream in the region. Early B.B.Q. dinner then back out for an evening drift on the Goulburn River to catch the evening rise.


DAY 6:

Depart for home.


 

Each of our boats comfortably accommodates two fly fishers. They are safe, stable and very comfortable. Casting braces make for easy standing/fishing, although it’s a real pleasure to fish while sitting in these boats.

This trip begins and ends at our Flyshop in Alexandra, the base of operations for your four days of fly fishing the Goulburn Valley.

Upon arrival you will be greeted by our team and shown to your accommodation. Once checked in and unpacked, you are invited back to our establishment for a complementary B.B.Q. and planning session. Armed with all the latest intel from our recent guided trips and using the huge topo maps on the wall of our shop, a plan will be formulated that takes into account noth the fishing conditions at th time and the needs and wishes of your group.

There are no limitations on what we can do day to day. Whether it is all drift boating or a mix of boat, walk-wade and instruction. We are here to ensure that you have the best trip possible, whatever that entails.

You may choose to fish as a group with two to four boats sharing a section of river and remaining within shouting distance. This is a lot of fun and a very social experience, especially when you are hooking fish and keeping a light-hearted score! Or you may wish to split boats into different areas or send one group to a small stream while another fishes from the boat, preferring to meet up at day’s end. You may even like to start early, have a mid-afternoon siesta and then go back out for an evening drift to catch the hatch.

Whatever your preference may be, we can make it happen.

This is a trip like no other on offer in Australia and represents amazing value for money. With some of the most experienced fishing guides in the country available to you for the duration of your visit, and with no set agenda other than to make the most of your time in the area, this is a unique package that can easily fill the void of a cancelled New Zealand trip.

Accommodation is provided in the form of comfortable private homes or local hotels. Upgrades to the accommodation are available for those who want the best of what is available locally – with the potential for non-fishing partners to enjoy a trip away as well.

Please phone to discuss if this may be of interest, as we have access to some spectacular properties along the river.


 

MEALS

Alexandra is a bustling small country town of around 3,000 people and has many pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Dine at the Grant Street Grocer for breakfast, or try the Alexandra Hotel for a wonderful dinner and a great selection of wines, or feast at the Corner Hotel and their famous parmas.

There are simply too many to mention here and between those three options you won’t need to look much further.

There are also many decent take away shops, a quality bakery and a large supermarket.

All lunches and drinking water are provided on the guided days.


 

We will provide you with two to four of our most experienced guides and a drift boat (for each pair of anglers), all flies; as well as the use of any gear if required.

Whilst the sample itinerary of three days drifting and one of walk-wade fishing, this is only one of any number of possible configurations. You will have a 4WD, guide and boat available to you for the duration of your trip with no set agenda other than to find fish and have fun.

So, what are you waiting for? Call up a fishing partner or organise a small group to book for a great five-day escape to the Goulburn Valley.

Phone 03 5773 2513  or 0418 995 611 to discuss the options. We are available from 8am – 10pm, every day.



 

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