SIMON TAYLOR – Manic Tackle Project

Simon started fly fishing at the age of 8, most of his early years were spent fishing the Meander and other northern rivers.
His favourite form of fly fishing is polaroiding, especially in the Western Lakes and he particularly loves to explore the more remote (‘back lakes’).
He has fished for trout throughout Tasmania and other parts of Southern Australia (Vic, NSW and ACT), both the North and South Islands of New Zealand and in parts of Europe. He also enjoys saltwater fly fishing and as well as fishing locally. He has fished for saltwater species in Queensland, Cook Islands (Aitutaki), Hawaii, Fiji’s outer Yasawa Islands, New Caledonia and had three trips to Christmas Island.
Simon had a stint participating in competitive fly fishing; after coming second in the Tasmanian Fly Fishing Championships three years in a row (1999, 2000, 2001), he was lucky enough to win the Tasmanian Championships in 2002. He has represented Australia 4 times in international competitions, with his personal highlights being competing in the 1996 World Fly Fishing Championships in the Czech Republic, being a member of Australia’s gold medal winning team in the 1999 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, in which he took home the individual silver medal.
Simon has written articles for FlyLife Magazine and was recently asked to contribute to the book ‘Australia’s Best Trout Flies – Revisited’.