Snowy Mountains NSW - Trout

The Snowy Mountains is the most renowned trout fishery in mainland Australia. Hidden in every gully are alpine creeks, joining together into clear freestone rivers. These rivers flow under rugged-peaks and through eucalypt forest, out onto the high plains where they become surrounded by snowgrass hills and become meandering streams. Throughout their journey, from the Snowfields to the Snowy Valleys there are trout.

Our team in the Mountains is headed up by Snowy Mountains local Mickey ‘Finn’ Shanahan. Mickey grew up chasing trout from the foothills to the peaks of Australia’s highest mountain range; cutting his teeth on the Murrumbidgee in his front yard. Mickey and our team know the high country and its seasons, using their skill to find you fish in this challenging but beautiful environment. If it’s your first-time fly fishing or you want to finally catch that elusive trophy – Mickey and our team spend the hours on the water to give you the best chance of success.

The Snowy Mountains offers options for the keen fly fisherman in every season. Early season fishing takes advantage of the untouched water and spring mayfly hatches. Summer in the high country, bathing in warm temperatures and long daylight, offers exceptional dry-fly fishing with big terrestrial patterns to feisty wild fish. Finally, late season provides legendary lake-run fishing, with excellent numbers of fish moving through systems like the Eucumbene River. Sight fishing to some of largest brown trout in Australia is a highlight of the season.

Whenever you choose to come, Mickey and the AFF team will make it worth your trip – taking time to soak in the splendour of snow-crusted mountains, alpine gums and of course brown, brook and rainbow trout.

If you’re travelling from Sydney or Melbourne through the Snowy Valleys our team can drift you down the Tumut or Swampy Plain river, giving you an experience from the source of these rivers to their tailwaters.


AFF Guides and clients practice ‘catch and release’ for all stream caught trout. Aussie Fly Fisher Guides are trained in first aid, have full personal liability insurance, and hold a certified Eco Pass to Guide in The Blue Mountains, Kanangra-Boyd & Kosciuszko National Parks – Licence # LIC17/3.



Guided trips in the Snowy Mountains

Prices per day:

One angler – $650
Two anglers – $750 inclusive
Additional anglers – $100 per person

Daily guiding price includes:
  • 9 hours of guiding and tuition
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages
  • All flies & tippet
  • All equipment as required (including fly rod, reel and line, waders/boots)

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