ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Fly Odyssey is a specialised travel company that is passionate about providing the ultimate fly fishing holidays to anglers throughout the world.

Through established relationships with airlines, lodges and guides we guarantee the most competitive prices available while providing insider knowledge and personalised assistance to arrange for you, the perfect fly fishing trip.

Specialising in travel throughout Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Russia, Iceland, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Seychelles and many other destinations we have established relationships with the best guides, lodges and outfitters to ensure that your fishing experience will be one to remember.

Since 2006 we have developed a client-base that has travelled to all corners of the globe. Be it remote saltwater flats such as French Polynesia or the Seychelles or the pristine salmon fishing rivers of Russia and Iceland, we have provided our clients with opportunities to experience the ultimate fly fishing experiences at the most competitive prices.

Mat McHugh, Fly Odyssey International Travel Director

The architect behind the concept of Fly Odyssey, Mathew was born in Australia and has fished the entire length and breadth of the country. A passion for fish lead to a degree in Aquatic Science and then travel throughout the world in search of fish that would take a fly. Mat settled on New Zealand as the ultimate trout fishing destination and has worked in helping to preserve New Zealand's aquatic ecosystems through working with the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA).

Mathew has helped grow Fly Odyssey into a worldwide company and developed exclusive Fly Odyssey destinations in French Polynesia and the Maldives. Widely travelled and extensive experience in both fresh and saltwater destinations Mathew has a comprehensive knowledge of the fish and the fly fishing opportunities available worldwide.

Gilly Bate, Fly Odyssey UK Fishing Director

Gilly has fished on the southern chalk streams for over twenty years. She qualified as a fly fishing instructor with the Game Angling Instructor Association nine years ago. She has recently joined the Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors as an Associate member. She won the ladies Single Handed Distance Casting Championship at the Game Fair in England in 2013.

For the last ten years, Gilly has worked as a freelance guide/instructor and fishing agent, based in Hampshire on the famous Rivers Test and Itchen and also the Rivers Avon and Nadder. During that time she has also pursued saltwater species around the globe.

Gilly is a keen salmon angler too, fishing regularly in Scotland and her passion and enthusiasm for fish on the fly is all consuming. Many years spent on the river has led her to a thorough understanding of the nature of fly fishing and the different types of experience that individual clients are looking for depending on their age, ability, gender and number of anglers.

Fly fishing is about more than just catching fish. It is about the whole 'encounter' and Gilly is committed to helping you get a memorable experience as well as access to some of the wonderful fly fishing that we have available within the UK.

James Laverty, Director of Fly Odyssey

Based in Melbourne, James has been fly fishing throughout Australia and the world since first picking up a fly rod and learning the craft in Scotland more than 20 years ago. His love of the marine environment lead to a degree in Aquatic Science before working in the tourism industry for many years in management and dive master roles along the Great Barrier Reef.

The opportunity to chase a huge variety of saltwater species on fly during this time continued to fuel his passion which has continued in both estuarine and freshwater locations around the world. A very keen trout, snapper and bream angler when at home, James has previously also qualified for the Australian National Fly Fishing Championships on the competition scene. While he enjoys traditional loch style and dry fly fishing techniques locally, he also spends a lot of time on sand flats stalking bonefish, and trevally throughout the South Pacific each year.

His love of travel has been combined over the last 10 years as a water quality consultant throughout Australia, before successfully becoming an accredited travel agent through the Australian Travel Accreditation Scheme. This now sees James guiding clients to experience the fantastic fly fisheries available throughout Australia and the South Pacific and building our portfolio of destinations in the Southern Hemisphere.

James focus and attention to detail on the finer aspects of travel, including his extensive knowledge and fly fishing experience locally ensures that our clients will continue to receive thorough pre-trip preparation, guidance and tailored fly fishing holidays throughout the world.

Georgina McHugh, Director of Fly Odyssey

Georgina, born and raised in Southern England, is our Sales and Marketing guru. Having risen to the top of her field as a Project Manager and Recruitment Consultant, Georgina decided to transfer her passion for travel into a career dedicated to ensuring your travel needs are fully catered to.

She has travelled widely to all continents and has a sound understanding of travel logistics and organisation of travel arrangements to ensure a hassle-free journey.

Paul Procter Fly Odyssey

Best known for his prolific writing in the UK’s leading publications, Trout & Salmon and Trout Fisherman, Paul is a qualified AAPGAI instructor at Masters level and is regarded by many to be in the forefront of UK fly-fishers.

Based in Cumbria, with some thirty years fly fishing experience, Paul provides first-class guiding, fly casting and fly fishing tuition to all levels and abilities.

Paul specialises in hosted trips to destinations worldwide and provides Fly Odyssey clients with the opportunity to learn on the many trips he undertakes for us. Targeting species such as Wild Brown Trout and Grayling, coupled with trips to exotic locations in search of Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit, Paul has a diverse fishing repertoire. Carefully selecting venues that offer great accommodation, food and local guides, Paul takes into account prolific hatches and the optimum seasons. Paul hosts yearly trips for Fly Odyssey to Slovenia, Iceland, Bosnia, Mexico and New Zealand.

Katie Kennedy Fly Odyssey

Katie is well travelled, having spent extensive time in Australia and New Zealand.

Katie ensures the office is run smoothly and efficiently. Her diligent and hard work on flight bookings, itineraries and general office administration ensures that Fly Odyssey can offer the high level of customer service which we strive to achieve.

FLY ODYSSEY OFFICES

INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

Our international office has extensive experience and specialises in arranging travel to many of the world’s most highly regarded fly fishing destinations. We provide an independent voice to you when considering different destinations for your next fly fishing adventure. Having experienced each country first-hand, our advice and recommendations will be based on where you will be best able to meet your goals. We have vast experience in both freshwater and saltwater destinations, having sent thousands of clients to the world's best.

Our international team has also developed unique fly fishing destinations in French Polynesia and the Maldives and have been heavily involved in the conservation and scientific research of important fresh- and saltwater habitats and fly fishing related species.

AUSTRALIAN OFFICE

Our Australian office provides extensive experience and booking advice to a range of salt- and freshwater destinations throughout Australia and the South Pacific.

Working closely with our international team, we specialise in bespoke, hosted and group travel to destinations such as the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Locally, we can provide expert guidance and unique packaged itineraries to a huge range of top fly fishing destinations including Tasmania, Exmouth and Far North Queensland. We also provide on-water tuition, guided day rods within close proximity to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane which are ideal for short escapes or corporate functions.

UK CHALK STREAMS OFFICE

Our UK office, run and managed by famous River Test guide Gilly Bate, provides day rods, corporate days, season rods, guided fly fishing, tuition and courses on the great fisheries of the UK.

The office has exclusive access to estates and beats on the Rivers Test, River Itchen and River Kennet and works with many of the country's best fly fishing guides and instructors. If you are planning on fishing on the English chalk streams or Scottish salmon rivers, please get in touch with our UK office for the latest availability.

WHAT WE DO

HOSTED TRAVEL

Our hosted trips to both salt- and freshwater locations are hugely popular. Utilising some of the best hosts in the business - anglers and writers who have travelled extensively - has introduced many a fly-fisherman to their first flats fishing experience and helped others to land Brown Trout and Salmon that only existed in their wildest dreams.

We have developed relationships with the biggest names in the industry in the UK including Farlows, Sportfish and Orvis, having managed many of their hosted trips over the past years. We are pleased to be part of the recommended Sportfish Travel Suppliers and will be present in their stores regularly to discuss your travel arrangements.

Similarly in Australia, Fly Odyssey works with the best in the business including The Flyfisher in Melbourne and Sydney Fly Outfitters and Guiding to provide clients with access to a great range of hosted travel destinations each year, while providing comprehensive pre-trip advice.

BESPOKE TRAVEL

Our expertise in finding new and exciting locations and bespoke private packages is highly regarded by our clients. If you are looking for a new destination, planning your first salmon or bonefishing trip or looking to for your ideal family holiday then we have a range of options that will provide you with a holiday to remember.

GROUP TRAVEL

Our vast experience with leading multiple hosted trips each year to a huge range of destinations ensures we are well equipped to manage your group travel requirements. Because we are able to provide you with up-to-date impartial advice, we specialise in managing your entire booking needs, including lodging, guiding, flights, transfers, travel insurance and visa requirements.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
  2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au