Everyone’s invited to Snobs Open Day

If you want to learn all about how stocked fish are produced, then get along to the free open day at Snobs Creek on Sunday 3 June.

It’s the perfect opportunity to get behind-the-scenes and talk directly to expert staff about how they grow trout and native fish, which are released throughout the state to improve inland fishing opportunities.

The hatchery grows brown trout, rainbow trout, Chinook salmon and Murray cod, alongside trout cod and Macquarie perch which are of conservation significance.

The open day will include free tours during which visitors can learn about Snobs’ 70 year history and see first-hand how fish are bred, fed, sorted and loaded onto customised stocking trucks for delivery.

The day is a family-oriented event with free activities for kids of all ages including a jumping castle, face painter, balloonist and fishy-themed photo booth.

Food and coffee will be available for purchase.

When: Sunday 3 June, 2018
Where: 455 Goulburn Valley Highway, Eildon
Time: 10am – 2pm

Snobs’ operation is funded by fishing licence fees and the State Government’s Target One Million plan, which in investing a record $46 million to get more people fishing, more often.

Learn more at www.vfa.vic.gov.au/snobsopenday

Coming Events

Wed 23rd May – Fly tying by Jason Q at Weston Club 7.30pm. Clousers to suit our next event will be the subject. More details were sent via email.

Wed 13th Jun – monthly meeting at Weston Club 7.30pm. More details soon.

Places to Go – Mataura River, Southland NZ

The Mataura, especially around Gore, has been the happy stomping ground for many in the CAA.  For those who’ve not been, here is a few notes to tempt your bucket list.

(the photo above is the Mataura high upstream above Nokomai Station near Athol in Apr 2016. River is pretty low after a good flush the week before)


May 2018 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 132)

I’m really embarrassed on two counts.  First, that my photo is on the front page of the May 2018 newsletter (I didn’t choose it folks) and second, that my photo is on the front page of the May 2018 newsletter (I’m sure more of you are getting out fishing than just me – for sure I was with Ian and Lyall so I know at least two others are out and about!  I’ll get some photos of them into next Burley Line).

Meanwhile, in my absence JQ and Luke have put together the May newsletter for which I am very grateful.  As so often happens with feast and famine, contribution level was a bit low.  I’m sure there are plenty of other stories that you lot have tucked away, I look forward to receiving them in the next few weeks.  Meantime, there is some good reading here.


Eucumbene River Vehicle Access Permit

News from RFA NSW.
Applications for the Eucumbene River Vehicle Access Permit for anglers with limited walking ability are now open for the 2018 season.

As the trout spawning season approaches, anglers who have legitimate mobility constraints and require vehicle access to the Eucumbene River can apply for a special Vehicle Access Permit.

For more information email the Angler Access Manager. Please apply for a key and permit at least two weeks prior to your trip. To apply for the gate key download an application here which has more information.

More info by phone at 02 60517769.

April 2018 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 131)

Oops … it was pointed out that there was a typo attributing a 31cm Brown to Mark S. Mark doesn’t catch 31cm fish 😀. It should have read “3 fish to 51cm”. Now fixed. Apologies Mark.

Another month where I had feared there would be limited material, but then it arrives. I particularly appreciate the support of Leon who is a regular contributor and this time shares some of his knowledge on innovative ways to use fly tackle. There has been a number of angling related ‘political’ meetings including Snowy Hydro 2.0 and the Koi Herpes virus initiative. Canberra Anglers Association has been engaged and representing the views of our membership.

Our co-editor Luke is off jetsetting at the moment so you’ll have to settle for the old format. Hopefully the next issue will be back to Luke’s best.


Fly Tying 28 Mar 2018 – Scruffy Dub Nymph

A simple straight forward tie… the thorax is the scruffy piece and the collar gives it a ‘lock on’ feature for the fish.

•Hooks – types various(jig, straight, caddis etc) sizes 12-18

•Bead – suit hook size – colour various

•Thread – colours various – 8/0 or 6/0 uni thread

•Wire – colours various – small (.6mm)

•Body – Various – stripped peacock quills, Hends body quills or tinsel mylar etc

•Thorax – colours and dub various. Hends Ice, Hends hares ear, seal-prism blend etc

•Collar – colour various but recommend a uv reflect (fluro orange, hot pink/ yellow, lime etc) size 3/0

•Sally Hansen clear top coat or a uv resin to lock down and bring shine to the collar.

Nothing special in this tie. Every fly we’ve covered in the past has a piece of material suitable to build this fly, nothing more to buy or hunt at a shop.