“Ian is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. As a beginner fly fisherman he helped me understand the principles of casting and sport in general in a very engaging and effective way. I would recommend Twig and Stream to anyone who is interested into getting into fly fishing.” N.W. Sep 2022.

“Our fly fishing lesson was really impressive. Ian was really clear with his teaching and very patient with my two teenagers. they can’t wait to go fly fishing ! I’d recommend Ian to anyone wanting to learn to fly fish the right way” R.D. April 2022.

“I had a fantastic day with Twig & Stream . The day was well organised and the location was incredibly picturesque. Ian was a great teacher and guide, nd most importantly , the fishing was so much fun!”  M. Dec 2021

“I took my teenage nephew on his first fly fishing experience and Ian Managed and taught him beautifully. He gave him the perfect amount to get him out on the stream and catching fish which was the aim of the day. He was even patient enough for a few pointers for a rusty fly fisher.”  David April 2021

Thanks for a great day.. I learnt a lot, caught fish and enjoyed myself .. until next time” Kevin S. Mar 2021

Twig and Stream are the leaders in teaching fly fishing you cannot find a more experienced guide and teacher.  Ian has the patience of a saint with beginners, cannot recommend highly enough.  Actually caught fish too”   John Feb 2021

We got a proper guide along a great natural Australian river, perfect weather,  good company.. good instruction, one on one tuition , and good river craft.” Andy Feb 2021

Such a terrific experience to learn a new hobby and do so stepping into nature, literally in the middle of a flowing stream. Instruction was top class and guidance was patient and detailed. Thoroughly recommend it.
Gordon W. Dec 2020

I was impressed to see what the dry fly techniques could do, as demonstrated by our instructor. After practising on the oval I was keen to give it a go on the stream. I particularly liked the techniques for casting  under bushes, the Roll Cast from the hand, cast and the improved accuracy of the placement of the fly on the water surface. While I’m still coming to grips with the mending and placement of the line on underpowered curved cast, I can see the definite potential of practice on this one. Overall a well organised ay, excellent instruction, very enjoyable, and left with the sense that this is going to improve my stream fishing. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who fishes a stream with a fly.”   L.H. Nov 2020

I am a novice fly fisher, and I found this experience to be informative and practical. It was a great start to casting in small rivers. I really appreciate Ian’s detailed and helpful advice. I would recommend it to novices and more experienced fishers. A great day.”
D.W. Nov 2020

Had a great time, Ian was knowledgeable and fun, a great venue and a lovely lunch, and I caught a fish, a big fish!” Bob, Victoria, Intro Course participant, Mar 2020

“A great relaxed day out with a patient and informative coach, sensational catering and we all caught fish” Sarah, Melbourne, Victoria, Intro Course participant, Mar 2020

Ian of Twig & Stream is an excellent teacher, providing patient instruction on the art of fly fishing. After my first casting lesson I was hooked. Ian spends a great deal of time focusing on getting the basics correct providing you with clear explanations/demonstrations of what is required. He really takes the time to correct your technical faults before moving forward. Couldn’t be happier with what I got out of the lesson.”  Hugh, Feb 2020

Fantastic experience and a perfect introduction to fly fishing. Ian is a great teacher and the venue is everything you could hope for on a fishing trip. Great food and service, would highly recommend Twig & Stream to people of all abilities for a fun day out. Will be going again in the very near future!”  James, Melbourne, Victoria, Intro Course participant, Sep 2019
“The perfect tune-up service. Practise with Ian before you hit the water makes all the difference on the water.” Chris, Intermediate Caster,  Melbourne Victoria

As well as being a very competent guide, Ian was communicative, friendly, helpful and obliging. The streams in places can be tricky to access and navigate but we enjoyed the challenge. Despite tricky casting conditions, with some overhanging branches, Ian was very skilled and patient in helping me improve my casting skills. It was great to catch a couple of fish, but more importantly I now have a greater appreciation of where the trout hold in water and how to catch them. All in all, a great day and I’d thoroughly recommend a day on the water with Ian.” Gary,  Brisbane, Sep 2019

“Fantastic experience and a perfect introduction to fly fishing. Ian is a great teacher and the venue is everything you could hope for on a fishing trip. Great food and service, would highly recommend twig and stream to people of all abilities for a fun day out. Will be going again in the very near future!” Tom Sep 2019

“I had just one day out with Ian, but it was a great day. Scrambling up a small bush stream very early in the season.. he helped me find the fish and pick them out of their hiding places. Ian is highly knowledgeable technically and in terms of streamcraft. He put me into fish I had no right to find. If I am back in Melbourne, I’ll be looking him up.” Chris U.K. Oct 2018.

“Enjoyed the introductory course so much! Great start to a new hobby I knew nothing about. Went from zero to fish on the hook in less than a day. Experienced instructor (Ian) gave a personalised approach for each of the 4 participants. Brilliant choice of venue in Narbethong and a fun day.” K.B. Jan 2018

“Knowledgeable instructor who provided very good on-on-one as well as group tuition. Pleasant venue with opportunity to catch fish as part of the tuition. ” D.J. Jan 2018

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I can highly recommend a day on the Victorian rivers with Ian. His knowledge of fly fishing and river craft are excellent and he has an easy teaching style that is always positive. Thanks for a great outing.”  S.L.  Melbourne. Jan. 2018

“Extremely helpful, great day and highly recommended. ” H.C. Melbourne. Jan. 2018.

“Great day out, even in the rain. Very comfortable and enjoyable. ” Matt, Melbourne. Nov 2017.

“Ian is a wonderful bloke to go fly fishing with. His skill in casting has come from years of practice and training with Australian legends some of the best from overseas. That skill continues in his manner, when passing on that information – light hearted, sincere and with a versatility to adapt to every stream, situation, clients’ desires and skill levels.  I learn something new every time we fish together. It is true – some, can teach an old dog new tricks. Give Ian a call and have a great day on the water.”

Dave Blackman,  Wandy Creek Fly Fishing,  Custom Split Cane Fly Rods.

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