Wilderness fly fishing founded in 2016 specialises in guided fly fishing on the rivers and lakes close to Melbourne. We offer single or multi-day trips that can be tailored to suit beginners through to advanced techniques for more experienced anglers. Our highly skilled guides are passionate about sharing their craft in a relaxed and fun environment, ensuring a great day out on the water.

For those seeking adventure further afield, we also offer trips to the Snowy Mountains, New Zealand and remote islands of the Pacific.

Contact Scott today to book a memorable trip on the water.

(Disclaimer: Fly fishing is the most enjoyable activity that can be undertaken in the outdoors. Fresh air, clear water, laughter and lack of stress may be beneficial to your health. Wilderness Fly fishing accepts no responsibility for the breakdown of relationships as a result of future spending on tackle.)

meet our


Scott Xanthoulakis

Scott Xanthoulakis

Head Guide
James Norney

James Norney

Senior Guide


Scott founded Wilderness Fly fishing in 2016 because of his passion for fishing wild places.

Learning to cast a fly at the age of twelve, Scott learned his craft from some of Australia’s finest fly fishers, fly tiers, guides and writers. The rivers and streams of North-East Victoria and the Snowy Mountains, as well as the lakes of Victoria’s Goldfield regions played backdrop to what many called a “misspent youth”. We’re still not sure about that!

Like many, Scott’s passion turned to obsession, with him regularly venturing to exotic locations like New Zealand, Tasmania, Montana and many Pacific Islands, including exploratory trips to ‘off-the-grid’ islands.

Nowadays, Scott gains his greatest fulfilment from teaching others the finest details of fly fishing and seeing the enjoyment that it brings them. A trip with Wilderness Fly fishing will not only make you a better fly fisher, it will remind you that fly fishing should always be fun.

Whether you want to learn new skills, master the art, or just have a fun day enjoying the outdoors, Wilderness Fly fishing can tailor a trip to your needs. Want to do it with a group of friends? Scott has a network of equally obsessed and experienced guides that can assist with groups.

Scott is certified in first aid, is a member of the PFIGA (professional guides association) and is fully insured.


James is a self confessed fly fishing junkie. Not only an expert in Fly Fishing for trout in North East Victoria, James has travelled the globe searching of that perfect fish on the fly. James is a passionate teacher of both single handed and double handed fly fishing. Photography is another passion of James’ and is evident on his Instagram page @mountainflyvic.

James is certified in first aid and is fully insured.