Steve Dunn Canberra and the Snowy Mountains


Finding the fish

Finding the fish

About Steve Dunn:  I love sharing my passion for fly fishing for trout after 20 years in the public service with senior positions including Director of Victorian Fisheries and Director General of NSW Fisheries.

I was brought up on the family farm in Cornwall, in the UK. The farm was a mixed arable and livestock business in Ladock. A small trout stream, a tributary of the River Fal, wound its way through the property, on for 7 or 8 miles to Truro and then to the ocean at Falmouth. With its large tidal estuary the river held sea trout and the occasional lonely Atlantic salmon, but mostly brown trout and eels.

I’ve fished for as long as my memories. I caught my first trout on fly when I was 12 on a Peter Ross fly which I’ve adopted as my website (and boat “fly by night“) logo.

I’d been eyeing off the flies in John Langdon’s tackle and gun shop on River Street in Truro for weeks and eventually parted with some pocket money for my precious Peter Ross. That evening I hopped off the school bus at the bottom of Truck Hill, waded through the marshes in full school uniform, unpacked my rod and drifted the fly down the riffle of a tantalisingly deep pool. With that first effort I caught the biggest brown trout of my early fishing life, and that’s how it really all began

Happy client

I left Truro School when I was 15 and worked in agriculture, civil engineering sub contracting, trout farming, fish processing, commercial fishing, recreational fishery management, scuba diving and boat handling instruction. As a mature student I worked my way through my first degree in fishery science at Plymouth, and migrated to Australia in 1990.

I am a Certified Casting Instructor with the US based Federation of Fly Fishers (, I have a certification from the Royal Yachting Association as a Power Boat Instructor, and I hold a Coxswains commercial vessel operators certificate of competency.

For me, fly fishing is about the utter tranquility of a mountain lake at the day’s end; the infinity of a perpetually effervescent trout stream; the other people who fly fish, enjoying a sport which is such a great leveler. And all interspersed with titanic battles with a feisty rainbow or a lunging brown.

If you’re interested in learning about this wonderful sport, just get in touch.

0438 403362


Our Vessel

Our Vessel

Fly fishing charters on Lake Eucumbene on board “flybynight” a 5.35 metre custom built fly fishing platform in full NSW commercial survey for 4 passengers and the master.  The boat is fitted with an 80HP 4 stroke Yamaha engine, a Minn kota bow mounted electric, and Lowrance HDS8 sonar with structure scan. Built in Bundaberg by SeaJay; and fitted out by JD’s Boatshed at Caringbah.

Charter fees start at $90 per hour for a minimum 4 hour trip from Old Adaminaby. The boat is available for other lakes and locations for whole day trips only. I specialise in loch style fishing with 2 persons fishing at any one time with a maximum of four passengers. Passengers can rotate fishing-from-boat. This is also a great way to access shore-lines not readily accessible from land.

What to bring:

Refreshments and food, or I can arrange a “healthy” lunch from the bakery for a small charge.

Sorry, strictly no drinking alcohol or smoking on board.

A nice brown

A nice brown

Here at the top of Australia the weather can change quickly from a bright sunny day to windy and cold conditions or a thunderstorm in a few hours.  Always pack warm clothing and wet weather gear, sunscreen and insect repellant. Bring a fly net for your hat if they annoy you.


Big rainbow

Steve Dunn Canberra and the Snowy Mountains: The lowdown


Steve Dunn

Telephone: 0438 403 362