The owner of the business, Andrew has fished for trout throughout Victoria, Tasmania, and Southern New South Wales. He has an outstanding knowledge of all things flyfishing and he relishes the opportunity to pass that knowledge on to anyone that visits the store. From beginner to expert, Andrew has the skills and experience to get you prepared for the next trip. He regularly travels in search of new flyfishing experiences and has ticked off most of the world's best flyfishing destinations and species. In his limited spare time between work and flyfishing trips, you will find him tying flies, or researching the latest in new products and techniques. Andrew is a regular contributor to FlyStream Magazine, a member of the Victorian Flyfisher's Association and he advocates for the conservation of trout and habitat management in Australia. If you're looking for advice on flyfishing abroad, or after an item no one's heard of, then Andrew's your man.
Russell is one of our more experienced members of staff and he loves the opportunity to talk flyfishing and the latest in gear. After 16 years at the Compleat Angler Bentleigh store, Russell joined us at The Flyfisher. His number one passion is flyfishing and we're fortunate we can take advantage of his years of experience on the water, and behind the counter. What you'll discover in Russ is a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of flyfishing both freshwater and saltwater. His experience comes from fishing throughout Australia and more recently Christmas Island bonefishing. He fishes our local streams and the stillwaters of Tasmania as much as anyone and you can be confident that when Russ shows you a special fly pattern, it works!
Scott works with us casually in between guiding. His business Wilderness Fly Fishing, is Victoria's foremost guiding service. Of course, his guiding background makes Scott arguably our most experienced angler with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of local waters. Scott loves his local trout fishing but New Zealand also holds a special place. As well as trout, Scott has fished for many popular saltwater species on fly and has travelled to some of the worlds top flats fishing destinations. Scott's strength behind the counter is his unmistakable passion for helping people discover flyfishing.
THE FLYFISHER ADVISORY
While not on the shop floor from day to day it is easy to feel the presence of founder Jim Allen when you tread the boards of The Flyfisher. Ever the mentor to the younger team Jim's years of experience as a world traveller, flyfishing pioneer as well as his work in fisheries management and conservation are evident from the layout of the shop to the brands that are stocked. From icons like Hardy and Sage to the newcomers like Nautilus reels, it's easy to see Jim's influence. And while he may not be in the shop he is always close by for the staff to draw on that wealth of knowledge and experience. It would be fair to say there'd be few amongst us that could claim to spend more days fishing any given season.