2017 AFF Youth Academy

We are excited to announce the launch of AFF’s 2017 Youth Fly Fishing Academy with a total prize value of $15,000.

This year, two young anglers will have the opportunity to join Joshua Hutchins for a life-changing fly-fishing experience.

With one of the most outrageous prize hauls on offer, one lucky winner from both Australia and New Zealand will receive free gear and equipment, free flights and travel to fly-fishing locations, training in photography and editing, and the chance to publish their very own article in FlyLife Magazine, Australia & New Zealand’s most popular fly fishing magazine.


  • Three day fly-fishing masterclass with Aussie Fly Fisher in the Blue Mountains, Australia with all flights*, accommodation and food included.
  • Three day fly-fishing trip with Aussie Fly Fisher & Clear Waters Fly Fishing in South Island, New Zealand with all flights*, travel, accommodation and food included
  • Free #5 LOOP Q Fly Rod & LOOP Multi Reel for each angler thanks to LOOP Tackle Australia & New Zealand.
  • Free Patagonia RIO Gallegos Waders, Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots, and Torrentshell Patagonia Breathable Rain jacket for each angler, thanks to Patagonia Australia.
  • Free #5 RIO Gold Floating fly line; Leader & Tippet for each angler thanks to RIO Products.
  • Free Costa Sunglasses for each angler thanks to Costa Australia .
  • Free C&F Design Chest Lanyard covered in all the goodies and trout flies thanks to Mayfly Tackle Australia.
  • Free caps, shirts & other fly-fishing goodies.


  • Eligible applicants (aged 16-20 years^ from Aus & NZ) can download and complete an entry form here, and return to Josh at aussieflyfisher@gmail.com by June 20th, 2017.
  • Six finalists (3 Aus, 3 NZ) will be selected by June 24th and open for voting on the Aussie Fly Fisher Facebook page.
  • Finalists need to encourage as many friends and family as possible to vote for them in order to win the top prize.
  • Voting will close on July 3rd and the top two prize winners of AFF’s 2017 Youth Fly Fishing Academy 2017 will be announced.

NB: Entries from both novice and experienced anglers are welcome. You do not need fly fishing experience to apply.

^All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian signed permission to enter.

*All entrants must have, or be willing to organise their own passport for international travel and pay for their own travel insurance.

Download Application Form