Fly fishermen, if you asked them, might nominate New Zealand, Canada or the United States as having the best places in the world to cast a line. However, right at the foot of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, Nimbo Fork will give those far-away places a run for their money when it comes to landing trout.
Apart from the chance of landing some big ones, Nimbo's in one beautiful part of the country. It doesn't get much more beautiful than the slopes of the Brindabella Ranges, close to Kosciuszko National Park.
Nimbo Fork Fly Fishing Lodge is a premier fly-fishing destination and is on 40 hectares of land overlooking the Tumut River.
Its owner, Chris Fehon, travelled the world of business for 30 years and was able to indulge in his passion for fly-fishing in some of the best destinations. After a day's fishing in Tumut, he found a secluded valley and the days of getting out his passport and boarding a plane were over. That was in 1998.
Chris wanted to have something larger than a little log cabin to welcome visitors, and with a kilometre of water frontage, the valley and a wonderful hill overlooking the confluence of the Tumut River and Nimbo Creek, he had just the right spot.
Three years of extensive research resulted in a luxury homestead with twelve bedrooms and outbuildings. It provides a wonderfully intimate experience in the untouched and mostly secluded valley.
Cabins have queen or single-beds, ensuite facilities and separate toilet and all have a large terrace overlooking the river.
Lodge rooms are in the main building and have twin beds, air-conditioning and are wonderfully comfortable. All beds at Nimbo Fork Lodge are dressed with fine Egyptian cotton.
The Lounge Bar has premium beer on tap, cocktails, excellent cognac, whiskey and brandy and a billiard table where guests challenge one another.
Ingredients and produce from the neighbouring Riverina are used in the three daily meals and picnic lunches can be arranged. Champagne and fine wines, such as Grange or Chateaux Margaux, are there to complement your gourmet meals.
Despite the Lodge's comfort and wonderful food, fishing is really the centrepiece of the Nimbo Fork experience. It has specially commissioned fly-fishing drift boats which can be chartered for your expedition, ensuring a fishing experience like no other in New South Wales.
There is a series of catch and release ponds holding rainbow and brown trout, male and female. They weigh up to two kilograms and live in a variety of natural settings. They offer the perfect chance to practice your casting and experiment with various flies before venturing into the rivers and creeks.
The Tumut and its tributary, the Goobragandra River, are renowned for their sublime trout fishing. The Tumut is a cold, fast-running river with fish of all sizes. The Goobragandra is narrower and has interesting terrain. Also mountain-fed, it generally has smaller fish. The Tumut has a number of smaller streams which provide challenging opportunities for the fly-fisher.
With the advantage of a climate conducive to year-round fishing with a reliable cold-water supply (compared to a 16-week season in most northern hemisphere trout areas), Nimbo Fork can cater for fishing enthusiasts throughout the four seasons. Trout will be your main catch.
Between Tumut and Gundagai in New South Wales.
Nimbo Fork Lodge cabins are $550 for one and $300 for each additional person. Deluxe Lodge rooms are $500 for one and $250 for a second person, Superior rooms are $500 and $240 and Standard rooms are $480 and $220. All meals and fishing on the property are included.
Full day float trips include guide, picnic hamper and fishing gear. They cost $300 per person for two in an inflatable and $335 per person for two in a custom-made drift boat.
2 hour instruction is $90 per person. Half-day guiding for two is $145 per person for two, and full day guiding is $245 per person for two. These are held on the property.
Half day guiding is $145 per person for two and full day guiding is $245 per person for two. 2 hour instruction is $90 per person. Guiding and instruction is held on land.
Virgin Blue has flights to Canberra.
One-way fare flight;
- Melbourne, $99
- Adelaide, $119
- Brisbane, $129
- Perth, $230
- Darwin, $290
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are Internet bookings only and one-way. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 5, 2007 and are subject to change.
Prices quoted correct at April 5, 2007.
Nimbo Fork Lodge
330 Nimbo Road
Tumut NSW 2720
Ph: (02) 6944 9099
Ph: 13 6789