Meet the team
Established in 2012, Aussie Fly Fisher has quickly grown to be Australia’s largest fly-fishing outfitter. Focusing solely on fly-fishing, we offer guided days, courses, international travel, and media content. Committed to providing the best fly-fishing experiences for our clients, we strive to create a positive, encouraging, and professional environment. Whether it’s catching your first fish on fly or travelling to a remote island for that bucket list fish, Aussie Fly Fisher is your premier choice.
Passionate about what we do, we love investing in the sport of fly-fishing through our courses and annual Youth Academy program.
We offer guided trips for both fresh and saltwater fly-fishing across NSW, Tasmania, Queensland, and the Northern Territory, along with destinations around the globe.
Joshua Hutchins (Hutcho)
Founder and Director
Growing up, Josh spent most afternoons nagging his parents to drive him to new fishing spots and streams. Since then, his passion to explore has only grown, leading him to over 30 countries across Europe, Asia, South Pacific and the Americas.
Today, Josh struggles to choose between the camera and the fly rod. He loves capturing his experiences and his photography is featured in leading publications such as FlyLife magazine, National Geographic, Fly Fisherman magazine, and the Flyfish Journal. Josh shoots content for brands such Patagonia, LOOP Tackle, YETI, Costa, Scientific Anglers and Tourism Australia.
Josh loves working with the AFF team, inspiring more people to keep exploring the world on fly.
Michael Shanahan (Mickey Finn)
Head Guide and Director – Snowy Mountains
Growing up on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Mickey made his first fly rod out of an old fibreglass spin rod. After borrowing a book from the library, Mickey taught himself to cast and never looked back.
Mickey has travelled across Europe, South America, the United States and New Zealand in pursuit of his passion, but there are few rivers he knows better than his local streams. Mickey loves drifting down the Tumut and Swampy Plain rivers, helping clients catch a fish on fly and serenading them with his tunes. Until it becomes unwelcome.
Always looking for a challenge, Mickey not only targets trout, but pretty much anything with fins, especially hard fighting fish like the iconic Murray Cod and all things salty.
Director – Aussie Fly Fisher Travel
Raised along the bustling streets of Singapore, Imran’s a fast-paced adventure junkie that turned his passion for the outdoors from hobbie to hustle.
Not one for a shortcut, Imran’s entry into fly fishing was a baptism of fire, building his first fly rod and hopping on a plane to New Zealand to figure it all out. Needless to say, he was hooked.
Today, Imran’s a keen adventurer, rod builder, fly tyer, angler and forever student of the craft. When he’s not chasing pelagics off his Stand Up Paddleboard at home in Sydney Harbour he’ll be camping in the hills of the Snowy Mountains searching for that next adrenaline hit. Oh, and he’s not too bad on the business side of things either, joining the AFF team to help us expand into new markets.
James Barwick (Jimmy)
Saltwater, Snowy Valleys and Snowy Mountains Guide
From chasing trout in his home state of Tasmania; to stalking permit in the Wessels; to wrangling marlin on the Great Barrier Reef, Jimmy is an incredibly diverse guide. Jimmy has spent his life on the water – guiding or working on boats and travelling the world as he went. With his friendly nature and commitment to quality experiences, Jimmy brings a depth of skill and knowledge to our team. Guiding in the Snowy Valleys, Snowy Mountains and Wessel Islands, Jimmy works hard to give every client the best possible day on the water.
Henry Delves (Big Hen)
Swampy Plains, Tumut River and High-Country Guide
A country boy at heart, masquerading as a lawyer, Henry’s rugby arms come in handy when rowing you down the scenic Tumut river. Henry is a specialist when it comes to the Kosciusko high country and is passionate about all things fish. Beyond Australian shores, he’s fished in places like Patagonia, and holds a special spot for trout.
Brendan Branch (Brendo)
Based in Cooma, NSW, Brendan lives for the outdoors. Whether fly-fishing or hunting, Brendan’s iconic FJ Landcruiser is rarely far from a dirt road. Brendan, a patient and enthusiastic guide, specialises in our high-country Kosciusko guided experiences.
Murray Stewart (Muz)
Blue Mountains Head Guide
With a voice deeper than any 60-year-old, Murray defies his youthful face. Murray began his Aussie Fly Fisher journey through our Youth Academy program. After a few years refining his craft and continuing to explore local waters, he eventually pursued his true calling as a full-time fly-fishing guide. AMSA accredited, Murray shows his diligence by constantly spending days off looking for new spots and opportunities. From trout to Murray cod; bass to yellow belly; streams on foot or lakes from a boat, Murray is versatile in getting the job done. Murray heads up our Blue Mountains and Central West Guided Days, along with our new boat-based guiding experiences.
John Everett (Johnnie)
Northern Rivers/New England Guide
Born and bred in the New England area, John has a long history of fishing and the outdoors. A committed family man, passionate adventurer, with a special spot for Murray cod and Bass, John is a great addition to the AFF team. A commercial fly tier with a persistent commitment to explore, John has hiked through many New England rivers in search of a Murray cod.
Declan Williams (Dec)
Cape York Head Guide
Declan has been guiding extensively in Northern Australia across QLD and the Northern Territory with a passion for all things fishing. From barramundi to permit and blue bastards to trout, Declan is a super fishy bloke. We first met Declan in the Wessel islands and he is now heading up our Cape York and Queensland operation.
Peter Broomhall (Pete)
Tasmania Head Guide
Peter, born and bred Tasmanian, first discovered fly-fishing in his early 20s. After years of exploration, Peter has an intimate knowledge of Tasmanian trout. His second passion is photography, particularly fly-fishing and wildlife photography, ensuring any spare time is spent on the water. He can usually be found walking a stream edge or a lake shore with a fly rod in one hand and his trusty Canon DSLR in the other. Alongside his full time guiding, Peter is a regular contributor to Fly Life magazine and other international publications.
Tim Black (Tiny Tim)
Chief of Admin and Blue Mountains Guide
Tim is a doer. At 6’11” and 150kg of muscle, he is not your average admin. Don’t let that scare you though, Tim is a gentle giant. A great teacher, Tim coordinates our AFF courses and groups, along with working beside Murray in our Blue Mountains Guided experiences.