This week we are joined by Joshua Hutchins A.K.A. “Aussie Fly Fisher” for our Lucky 7 interview. Joshua is a die hard fly fishing addict that has fished for trout all over the globe. His latest adventure is as a fly fishing guide in the central-west streams around Oberon where he first cut his teeth, fishing as a teenager.
1.What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Joshua Hutchins; I grew up in the central-west of NSW around Bathurst. I currently live in Westmead, NSW.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I would class myself as a sold-out fly fishing addict. Rarely a week goes by without me fishing somewhere around the globe. I grew up fishing local streams in NSW’s central west and have since been lucky enough to chase trout in New Zealand, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, plus the trout waters of Australia.
My obsession with fly fishing led me to start sharing information, photos and advice through the ‘Aussie Fly Fisher’ profile on Facebook and Instagram. The response from the fishing community has been very positive with over 3,500 enthusiasts following online. It’s been awesome to meet so many fishermen from Australia and around the world and I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back to the fly fishing community.
I am also an active member of the Sydney Flyrodders Club and have recently joined Fly Fish Australia’s competition fly fishing.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
Even from a very young age, I had always been drawn to fishing. I was the one who wanted to stay out and fish longer than anyone I was with. On holidays, my dad used to enjoy some beach fishing and this is what most likely stirred my initial interest.
On a family holiday, aged 13, I met a Scottish fly fisherman on the banks of the Ovens River in Victoria. He was a friend of my grandfather’s and offered to give me a lesson on fly casting. That year for Christmas, I asked my parents for a fly rod and as time continued my spinning rod faded further and further from my interest.
I grew up on a farm between Lithgow and Bathurst, on the banks of the Coxes River. It was here that I taught myself, by a poorly narrated American video, how to cast and the basics of fly fishing. It took me a year to manage my first catch, a small brown trout from the Macquarie River on the outskirts of Bathurst. It was a great moment.
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
I will never forget about the fish I recently caught on a trip to Slovenia. Marble Trout, found in Slovenia, are a rare, river-resident trout that can grow in excess of one metre. But, due to their cunning nature, Marble trout are very rarely caught when they make it to this size.
On the last day of my July trip to Slovenia, we spotted the largest trout I have ever laid eyes on. After several casts it took my small nymph and travelled 300m downstream before I was able to land it. It was a magnificent creature of 108cm and 25-30 pounds, which, for a trout, is massive! The local fisheries manager came down to view the pictures and couldn’t believe the catch. He said that he only knew of five fish this size to be landed in his lifetime.
Some days everything falls into place and it’s nice to be on the river when that day comes around!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?
This year I am taking on a new venture of guiding fly fishing in the central-west streams around Oberon, Bathurst & Lithgow. These are the streams I spent 15 years exploring and now know like the back of my hand. I’m looking forward to helping others improve their trout catching abilities and continue building this into the future.
I’ve recently taken up DSLR photography and started some small time writing of my fishing adventures. I’d love to expand this and see where it goes. I currently don’t wish to take on fishing full-time, but am certainly going for a full time hobby.
6. What’s at the top of the bucket list?
There are so many destinations around the world I want to visit to hunt trout. Currently the top of my wish list is Mongolia. This country has a species of fish called the Taimen. It’s the largest of the Salmonidae (Salmon) species and can be caught on fly. It is a predator and will eat large surface flies with huge force, which sounds like a great experience to me.
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
Growing up in a reasonably remote area I was forced to teach myself most of the basics about fly fishing. It would have been great to be a part of a club or know someone to help me get started on the right track. It wasn’t until I was around 15-16 that I joined a club in Bathurst and also became a member of the Sydney Flyrodders to take part in some of their western events.
I never really had anyone I would say I idolised as a fisherman, but I really appreciated the help of people like the Brabhams in Bathurst and John Coles of the Flyrodders. Sadly, not everyone had time for an overly-keen teenager, but these guys gave me some advice to help get me to the next level.