Tasmanian Fly Fishing Outfitters
RiverFly 1864 has been operating since 2005, when it was originally founded as a river-based guiding business.
RiverFly 1864 a family owned and operated business by Daniel and Simone Hackett, which has grown to become one of Tasmania’s most respected guided fly fishing operations. Supported by an impressive rate of repeat customers and word-of-mouth recommendations, the business has grown to include a destination fly shop (opened in 2011), and the jewel in the guiding crown, RiverFly Wilderness Huts (circa 2012). From this private Standing Camp in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the guiding team offer sight-fishing amongst the famed Western Lakes.
RiverFly was a Tasmanian Tourism Award Finalist (2013, 2014), a Silver Medalist in 2015, and the Gold Medal Winner for 2016 in a first for the Australian fly fishing industry. In February 2017 RiverFly 1864 was awarded the industry’s top accolade, The 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Award.
Daniel and Simone are proud to have developed a brilliant team of skilled and enthusiastic fly fishing guides, with fly fishing experience from across the globe, and excellent teaching and guiding skills. Our guides are equals, with each offering consistent guiding and teachings, but all from their own backgrounds and with their own individual personalities. No single guide is the best guide, a strong bank of knowledge is better than one.
Book your RiverFly trip with confidence as this team is Tasmania’s finest and each member makes great company on the water.
RiverFly 1864 gives generous support to the Tasmanian community, the environment, and individuals in need. Organisations we support include the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and the Just Like Jack Foundation.
Operations Manager, Head Guide, & Instructor
Daniel has been a full time professional fly fishing guide since 2002, after leaving his profession in aquaculture. This choice of career was no surprise – his first job was as a gamekeeper’s assistant on the West Coast of Ireland, where he spent his teenage years cheekily poaching trout in the Bishop’s Estate in between the odd appearance at secondary school.
It’s an over-used term, but Daniel knows Tasmania’s famed meadow streams like the back of his hand. He’s drifted customers along Brumbys Creek and the Macquarie River on more than 500 excursions, not to mention the similar numbers of days he’s spent on the smaller wading and walking rivers of Tasmania. He’s also the most experienced wilderness Western Lakes guide in Tasmania, spending much of each summer deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, based from the RiverFly Wilderness Huts camp. Experience in Ireland, England and Kiribati add to Daniel’s broad knowledge.
Outside of guiding Daniel has graduate and post graduate qualifications in aquaculture, fisheries management and marine resource management. He is also a contributor to FlyLife Magazine Australia & New Zealand, Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News, and has appeared in Fisk and Fri, Outer Edge, Australian Traveller, Catch Magazine and many more. His book ‘In Season Tasmania: A Year Of Fly Fishing Highlights (2007)’ won the Tasmanian Print Industry Craftsmanship Award.
Business Manager, Instructor & Fly Guide
Simone is not only the silent engine behind RiverFly 1864, she’s also developing a niche in her own right as Australia’s leading professional female fly fisher. A keen fly fisher herself, Sim’s bubbly personality and enthusiasm to help anyone and everyone has made her the go-to person for beginners thirsting for knowledge. This has led her to open RiverFly’s own private fishery and tuition ponds at Josef Chromy Wines in 2013. From this gorgeous location, Simone is able to walk beginners through everything they need to know: from what gear they require, through to basic casting techniques, fly selections, and approaching those first tentative casts at a rising fish. Simone is also pivotal in creating RiverFly’s annual fly fishing event, ‘Fly Fest’, which is held at RiverFly’s Private Fishery.
Simone supports her community in the following ways –
Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Advisory Council board member (tourism)
Member of Women In Tourism
Contributor to FlyLife Magazine
Simone supports Life Without Barriers – completing Overland Jack in April
Greg 'Troutie' French
Australia’s best-selling fishing author, Greg is the appointed raconteur and most enthusiastic member of the RiverFly team. Seeing him sprint along a lake chasing cruising trout whilst yelling with excitement is par for the course! Greg’s passion is the Western Lakes where he guides from our RiverFly Wilderness Huts. Check out his books including Frog Call, Trout Waters of Tasmania and The Last Wild Trout.
A brilliant photographer, Peter’s trip reports from the Western Lakes and Mersey River have made many mainland fly fishers green with envy. A great fly tyer (his Bruisers Bug is an awesome terrestrial pattern), Peter is an excellent guide with an in-depth knowledge of the local hatches and the hidden hotspots across Tasmania’s fastwater streams and wilderness lakes. Peter writes for Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News, and has been on several fly fishing trips across New Zealand’s South Island in addition to his brilliant local experience.
James ‘Jimmy’ Newstead
Jimmy has been a RiverFly guide since 2011, and spends a lot of his time wading and rafting the bigger rivers: the South Esk, Brumbys Creek and the Macquarie. His fishing experience is diverse: commercial fishing in Tasmania, several seasons as an employee at Langara Fishing Lodge (British Columbia, Canada), as well as bone fishing and saltwater experience on Christmas Island (Kiritimati). Outside of guiding Jimmy is a career firefighter and amateur chef. His ability to produce a roast dinner whilst at our remote wilderness huts has also become legendary amongst the RiverFly guiding team!
Brendan ‘Beevor’ Turriff
Beevor is a character with an ear for a good pirate shanty, and an eye for a good river. A local legend known for his great photography and fishing exploits in the blogosphere, Beev’s is one of our most enthusiastic and outgoing guides and a patient tutor. He is a keen saltwater bream fisherman on his days off, and also has experience fishing on the north island of New Zealand. He is a regular contributor to Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News.
Brendan supports Take Flight – established to raise awareness and funds for Angelman Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic condition affecting just 2,300 people in Australia.