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We are dedicated to offering an exceptional outdoor experience centered around the art and joy of fly fishing, catering to both seasoned enthusiasts and beginners. Our skilled guiding team embodies the essence of Tom's Outdoors providing an inclusive, professional and educational guiding experience. Drift the Tumut River, walk and wade Kosciuszko high country streams or fish the Snowy Mountains lakes.

Fly Fishing Course for Beginners - Learn to Fly Fish!

Fly Fishing Course for Beginners - Learn to Fly Fish!

Sunday 6th of October 2024

Are you interested in learning how to fly fish but don’t know where to start? This full-day course with Tom’s Outdoors Guide Services is perfect for you! You'll learn the basics of fly rods, reels, and lines, including rigging for different fly fishing situations, casting techniques, fly selection, and how to find and catch trout. The course is held on private trout water owned by Snowy Mountains Trout, fed by the crystal-clear waters of the Tumut River, one of Australia’s finest trout fisheries. We limit bookings to ensure an excellent guide-to-client ratio, maximizing each participant’s learning experience. Our goal is for everyone to leave confident in their ability to catch fish on their own.

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Beginners Fly Fishing Guided Day on the Tumut River with Tom's Outdoors Guide Services

Drift Boat Day - Beginners

For new anglers, we offer a specific learn to fly fish drift day. Your day will be broken up into drift boat fishing and bank fishing, focusing on basic casting skills, rigging various setups and understanding currents or ‘reading water’. The day aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding to fly fish by yourself or with others, and of course, to catch fish!

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Drift boat fly fishing on the Tumut River with Snowy Mountains Fly Fishing Tours

Drift Boat Day - Standard

Our standard guided day builds on our beginners package and is tailor-made depending on conditions, angler preferences and location. The Tumut River is home to brown and rainbow trout in diverse environments that can be targeted with multiple methods all trout season long. Whether you’re a dry fly enthusiast, want to work on your nymphing skills, keen to throw some big streamers, or ready to stretch your casting arms with spey, skagit or scandi setups, our guides can deliver. Finally, if your guides have invented something new, you’ll be the first to know.

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Guided fly fishing tours in Kosciuszko National Park with Tom's Outdoors Guide Services

High Country Walk & Wade Day

Walking and wading remote backcountry streams, tiny twig-water creeks, beautiful freestone, spring-fed and tailwater rivers is the perfect way to push your sight fishing and stalking skills. Chase a late-season trophy trout or get deep into the backcountry of the western slopes around our hometown of Tumut, all the way to the top of Australia in Kosciuszko National Park. Our team can guide you on a unique fly fishing adventure.

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Guided fly fishing tours on Lake Eucumbene with Tom's Outdoors Guide Services

Power Boat Day - High Country Lake

The lakes and dams of the Snowy Mountains offer some of the best trout fishing, not just in Australia, but the world. These lakes and dams throughout Kosciuszko National Park can be fished all year round in our custom-built powerboat specifically set up for fly fishing. We specialise in Lake Eucumbene and Talbingo Dam, home to a large population of rainbow and brown trout, some of which are the biggest in Australia!

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Why book with us?

Tom's Outdoors is a NSW National Parks Eco Pass holder which means we are licensed to responsibly operate tours throughout Kosciuszko National Park. Our tour guides hold current First Aid and CPR certificates and are qualified in Swiftwater Rescue (Swiftwater Safety Institute SRT Pro 1).

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Meet our Guides

Tom's Outdoors Fly Fishing Guide Services Guide Mickey Finn

Mickey Finn

Mickey is one of the most experienced fly fishing guides in Australia and has been guiding in the region for more than a decade. He has also guided and fished all around the world including in West Yellowstone, Montana where he learnt to drift down big rivers and catch big fish.

Tom's Outdoors Fly Fishing Guide Services Guide Mickey Finn

Pat Ryan

Pat has been fly fishing for his whole life and knows the rivers of Kosciuszko and surrounds like the back of his hand. You’ll struggle to find anyone more enthusiastic about fish, both catching them and sharing his knowledge with others. Book a guided day with Pat and see for yourself!

Who are Tom's Outdoors?

We are an award winning outdoor retail business inspiring a life lived outdoors through gear that's considered, enduring and trustworthy. Our carefully curated range of gear is tried and tested in the mountains of Kosciuszko National Park and surrounds.

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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive about our fly fishing tours. If you have any additional questions, please call us on (02) 6947 4062 or email us.

How do I book a tour?

You can book a tour through our website by visiting this link or by contacting us directly via phone on (02) 6947 4062 or email.

What is included in the tour package?

Our tour packages include a professional and experienced guide, all necessary fly fishing gear (rods, reels, lines, flies), waders, transportation to-and-from Tom’s Outdoors and personal floatation devices (lifejackets must be worn on drift boat and power boat).

How many people can be on a tour?

All our tour offerings are capped at two participants per guide and are always private.

Are the tours suitable for beginners?

Absolutely! Our guides are experienced in teaching beginners and are happy to provide instruction and support throughout the day.

My friend is new to fly fishing, whereas I have been fly fishing for years. Which tour should I book for both of us?

We recommend booking a Learn to Fly Fish Drift Boat tour which will be customised on the day to ensure both of you get the most out of your experience. If you are unsure, please email or call us on (02) 6947 4062 and we can ensure you’ve booked the right tour.

Can I book more than one day?

Of course! We often have clients who will book multiple days of multiple experiences, for example, a drift day followed by a power boat day in the high country.

Can I book my child on a tour?

The minimum age for a participant on our tours is 14. This is non-negotiable regardless of skill level to ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants.

What do I need to bring?
  • Plenty of food, including lunch and snacks, to keep your energy levels high all day.
  • Water: Both your food and water can be kept cool in our Yeti cooler.
  • Sunglasses for visibility and eye protection. Polarised preferred.
  • Hat or Cap: A hat helps shield your face from the sun and glare.
  • Rain Gear: Always be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Quick-Dry Clothing: Opt for quick-dry shirts and pants to stay comfortable on the water. Long Sleeved shirts are recommended.
  • Insulating Layer: Bring a lightweight insulating layer in case of chilly weather.
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter: Shield your neck and face from the sun and wind.
  • Medications: If you have any necessary medications, bring them along. Please also inform your guide.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun's rays.
  • Insect Repellent: Depending on the location and season, insects can be a nuisance.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture your fishing memories with a camera or smartphone.
  • Extra Clothing: Pack a change of clothes for after the fishing day.
Do I need a fishing licence?

Clients are exempt from paying the fee for recreational fishing (NSW Fishing Licence) while participating in a guided day with Tom's Outdoors.

I need to cancel or change my booking; how do I do that?

Please contact us on (02) 6947 4062 or email us to discuss cancellation or if any changes to your booking need to be made.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made 7 days or more prior to the tour date will receive a refund of the tour fee minus the non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made within 7 days of the tour date are non-refundable. In the event of adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances, the guide may reschedule the tour at no additional cost or offer a refund, at their discretion. This includes if the guide feels the client's level of fitness is a safety risk. Guests that arrive late or depart early shall not be entitled to any refund of unused booking.

What happens if it is predicted to rain or storm?

Our guides are experienced in dealing with various weather conditions and will make every effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Waders will be provided for your comfort in wet weather, however, please bring a waterproof jacket and warm layers. In the case of extreme weather, we may need to reschedule the tour and will contact you.

Do I get to keep any fish I've caught?

To ensure the long-term sustainability of trout fishing, our guided days are strictly catch and release on rivers. On a lake day, your guide will help you pick a sustainable catch to take home.

What time do the tours start and end?

Tours typically start at 8:00 AM and conclude around 4:00 PM. However, times may be adjusted based on weather conditions and your guide will contact you to discuss any changes.

Where do tours begin and end?

Your guide will meet you at the Tom’s Outdoors shop, at 52 Fitzroy St (Snowy Mountains Highway) here in Tumut.

What is the best time for fly fishing in the Snowy Mountains?

Rivers, lakes and streams in NSW are open for trout fishing from the October long weekend until the June long weekend, so bookings can be made anytime within these dates. The high-country lakes, including Lake Eucumbene and Talbingo Dam, can be fished year-round, and these tours can be booked year-round.

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