It was a long wait through the year, each year, to get back to trout water! At 12 years of age, when Will moved to Launceston with his family to the banks of the North Esk River, a full-blown obsession with fly-fishing had begun…
Along with his father Terry and older brother Patrick, Will immediately joined the Fly Fishers Club of Tasmania and was fortunate enough to learn from Tasmanian legends, fishing and tying with the likes of Charles Peck, John Dekkers and Ivan Isles.
Fishing almost every day of the summer (and even missing the odd school day) with Patrick on the rivers and streams of North East Tasmania and the Western Lakes of the central plateau, Will inevitably came to meet Christopher at the age of 17 when he filmed part of Christopher’s acclaimed production ‘Tasmanian Fly Fishing Techniques’. They have been friends ever since and still find the time to fish together when they can (usually somewhat competitively).
Will has gone on to guide over several years on the lowland rivers and highland lakes of Tasmania, as well as leading extended hiking trips through the mountains and coastally. This knowledge of Tasmania’s ‘backcountry’ and experience fly fishing in remote areas, makes Will an invaluable guide for those who don’t have the time to put in to explore themselves.
Particularly fond of rivers in all shapes and sizes, Will has fished extensively throughout the South Island of New Zealand and as far afield as Slovenia in search of rising trout. Will is an exceptionally good photographer and always has a camera close at hand. He has had work published in many well-known fly fishing publications such as Flyfisher and Flyfisher Japan.
‘I had a great time being guided by Will. He is an asset to Rainbow Lodge. I achieved exactly what i wanted to from the trip. Including some extra special memories and plenty of laughs.‘
- James S.