Our head guide, Craig Daly, has certification as a Fly Casting Instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is also a licensed National Parks and Wildlife Service tour operator.
Craig has lived in the Snowy Mountains for over 25 years and has been fishing these local waters for just as many! His quest for furthering his fly fishing knowledge has led him from the wild rivers of Colorado and Montana USA, to the bone fish flats of the Pacific and the northern tropics of Australia.
Craig’s love for chasing the trout with a fly has led him to start guiding others to enjoy the art of fly fishing.
I had my introduction to fly fishing through a Fly Fishing Expo at Thredbo. After the introduction I booked a half day guide with Clearwater Fly Fishing Guides where I learnt so much about casting, reading the water and tips and techniques about the craft of fly fishing. I throughly enjoyed my time on the river with Daf, His knowledge of Fly fishing, and the local area will leave you wanting to come back for more. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him, as you will learn everything you need to know about fishing the alpine waters and have a hell of a lot of fun doing it.
Daf has been my guide in the Snowy Mountains for almost 25 years and I still look forward to the next trip as if it’s my very first. Not only has he taken my fly fishing to the next level but each expedition is carefully thought out & his knowledge of the rivers & local activity means we’re fishing virgin water every time. For me it’s as much about the high country experience as the fishing itself and each day on the river with Daf is truly memorable, regardless of the fish count. That said, he has an eagle eye and uncanny ability to put me over fish in spots that I never expected, even today as a more experienced fly fisherman. I’ve lost count of the trophy browns we’ve caught & released together on the Thredbo River but each one has been pure magic. Over the years as my mobility and eyesight have made fly fishing more of a challenge Daf has been able to adapt his guiding to ensure the experience is every bit as enjoyable as the early days. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
Could not be happier with our day out. Super fun, great scenery and most importantly lots of fish.
It is very clear that Craig is extremely in tune with the area he guides in. He was able to put us onto fish and teach us many new techniques.
Fantastic experience. Daf is a great teacher and a passionate guide! Only reel problem is that now I'm hooked and have to spend all this money on fly fishing!
Many thanks Craig for your time and patience last week. I really enjoyed the lesson and it was then great to take the theory out onto the water the following day. You’re a lucky man to work in such a stunning part of our country - and good of you to share your insights (and humour) with me! All the best. Stephen
Have not been on the water for 5 years, was a great refresher and caught two great trout
Craig was very considerate of my advanced years but still took me to some beautiful quiet fishing holes that I would not have found on my own. Although I did not catch a trout I learned a lot and would certainly book another session with Craig next time I am in the area.Many thanks Craig. David
Had a great lesson with Craig and definitely sparked my interest in learning more about the sport. There’s so much to it and not something I could have figured out without some one to one tuition. Thanks Craig!
Fantastic day with Craig. He had an amazing knowledge of fly fishing to share, was patient and no question was too silly to ask. We had a great day and would do it again!!!