Some really good reports here with a diversity of angling – not much on trout folks, what gives or are you having the same problem as Peter and I have had with finding our spotted friends. Many thanks to Ash, Evan, new member Jane, Luke and Lyall for material. This issue has seen an addition to our occasional column on ‘Tips from Members to Members’ – thanks Leon for initiating a discussion on “how to fight big fish on fly” – also known as “how to put the maximum strain on fish”.
13th Feb 2019 – First meeting of the year – as usual at Raiders Weston starting at 7:30 PM. Info on speaker by email in due course.
16th Feb – First event of the year. Lake fishing and BBQ on Lake Burley Griffin. More info from Charlie in the new year.
We omitted to include in our program the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers annual Interclub Flyfishing Meet at Black Gold Motel, Wallerawang on 3-5 May 2019 (weekend before Mothers’ Day).
CAA is an affiliate of NSWCFA and so is eligible to enter a team into this meet. It is a relaxed social get together but incorporates an inter club team competition with a mix of judged fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fish photography rounds. CAA have not attended in the past as it has clashed with other events but Stefan hopes to encourage members for this season. More info in due course from Stefan
The PFD (personal floatation device) Humpy is this month’s Fly Fishers International Fly of the Month so is being tied all around the world in November. Lyall will take us through some of the intricacies.
This is a high floatation stimulator/attractor which is great for choppy rapids as your dry fly on your dry and dropper rig.
Hook: size 10 dry fly hook (I used a 1x short Gamakatsu S12-1F but any dry fly hook will do)
Wing: white kiptail
Hackle: saddle hackle – any colour
Body: floss any colour and 1.5 mm foam sheet any colour (see attached photo and you will get the idea)
Tail: elk hair
Thread: 6/0 colour to match foam
JQ is leading “High Country Trout” in April. The original dates clash with a Fly Fish Australia competition so our event has been brought forward one week – Fri 5 to Sun 7 Apr.
Note that this unfortunately clashes with the revised date of 6 Apr for the Penrith Fly Fishing Festival (though this is not strictly a CAA event).
So much on – so few weekends! 🙂
Got the following from Luke:
On my way back from the coast, I decided up pull up for break and have a quick flick on the river at a particularly ‘fishy’ looking pool. I was lucky enough to land 3 bass, all around the 30cm mark and dropped a couple more. I could only stay for half an hour so I’m definitely keen to get back there and spend some more time exploring the area.
We haven’t heard from Owen in a while – and it seems we won’t see much of him either till Christmas. Retirement has given him the opportunity to hit the road. It was much appreciated to get some images and words from his time north. Thanks also goes to Claude for a report from the end of the season – good advice on offer here, though I’m a little concerned about how successful this squirmy has been (Lyle Knowles success also). My fly box has some very poor examples and I’d better get practicing. Jaime has come through with some snippets also – always got some hints on offer. JM has a report here on the Kid’s Fishing Clinic plus he’s in print with CFA. Many thanks also to Lyall (can always be counted on to provide a topical item).
Update on Lake Wallace progress.
These have arrived via Steve. Two items piqued my interest:
- Seems NSW anglers have similar access rights to water as those found in NZ … I will await with interest to see what that really means. Much has been said to me about the “Queen’s Chain” alongside rivers in NZ.
- Chair of RFNSW is to “write to Snowy Monaro Regional Council about facilitating opportunities for recreational fishing access and stocking Trout at Lake Wallace near Nimmitabel.” There has been a response already – unfortunately not positive. Steve assures us that MAS is still on the case.
Some interesting observations on how the brown trout run progressed – somewhat encouraging but less so for rainbows. The issue of cormorants and pelicans in the trout breeding areas has been raised with the environmental department – let’s see what transpires.