Goulburn River Float Trips Every day of the season - Call for more info
Fishing from a drifting boat is one of the most pleasurable ways to fly fish. We at GVFFC have been running float trips on a daily basis since 1994, originally starting off with rafts and eventually moving to Mackenzie style drift boats and skiffs, specially imported from the USA.
These boats are extremely comfortable and safe (when being rowed by an expert guide) allowing the fisherman on board to explore the river and fish literally thousands of likely spots. Backwaters and off-river lagoons offer superb sight fishing and mid-river gravel bars, inaccessible to the bank angler, are but two of the commonly fished features while drifting. It literally opens up the entire river for those onboard.
Drifting with the river, the fly caster has access to all the banks and because the cast is parallel to the current, it runs free of drag, sometimes for 30 metres or more at a time. A raft may cover 25 kilometres in a day, unfolding a feast of countless features such as bubble lines, runs in the centre of the river, high impassable banks, outer edges of willow banks, backwaters, side waters and gravel bars all of which are inaccessible to the wading angler. Polarising over vast weed beds or stalking a rising fish with noiseless oars in a stealthily manoeuvred boat, is a joy to behold.
Float trips on the Goulburn River are available every day. Over the past 18 years we have developed a vast array of fly fishing skills and techniques designed for fishing from the drift boat. Frequently two or three rods will be rigged differently for each situation that may arise. A day out could see you doing everything from stalking a backwater cruiser with a beetle, to nymphing a mid-river gravel bar; from slapping a baitfish pattern into an undercut edge, to carefully presenting to fish during the evening rise.
Our float trips are extremely popular and while you can walk in off the street and book one and be on the water within the hour, our advice is to book ahead where possible. Half and full day drifts are available every day of the season and the start/end time is dictated by your personal needs/schedule. There is room in our boats for two anglers, meaning you can bring a friend with you. If you wish to drift with a bigger party we simply use more boats. As with all our guided/teaching trips, we will supply any gear that you do not have.
While the guide will work hard all day to put you in front of fish, strict attention to safety is our highest priority. Since commencing operations in 1994 we havenot had a single incident.
All GVFFC trips have a strict catch and release policy. This is to help ensure the river's natural stocks of fish are maintained as our rivers are not stocked.
All float trips include a professionally accredited guide to both operate the raft and ensure that you have the best fishing possible on the day. Terminal tackle is included (tippets/flies) as are snacks/drinks, transport and use of any gear that you don't have, on a replace if broken basis. A full day trip also includes lunch.
A credit card number is required to secure your booking. See all prices here. We have a strict cancellation policy that we adhere to. Please read it before booking and feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.
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Call 1800 458 111
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