Call for volunteer controllers for FFA National Championships – 22nd-25th May 2019

Saw this via ACTFF channels:


Fly Fish NSW/ACT organising Committee is currently calling for volunteer controllers for the upcoming Fly Fish Australia National Fly Fishing Championships – Tumut, NSW. The championships are being held 22nd-25th May 2019.

This is a great chance to see competition anglers in action.

Information is attached. If you have any questions please email Jane Vincent

Fly Fish Australia National Fly Fishing Championships

High Country Trip and no KNP Entry Fees

Advises that, at this time of year, pass is only required for Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road only (road to Thredbo and Perisher respectively).

Sorry for the confusion, but one member spotted a sign near the camp site indicating park pass was required.

Coming Events Update

23rd Mar 2019 – (evening) fishing for natives in Yerrabi. Jason Q is organising. Secretary has sent out the key info via email.

27th Mar 2019 – Fly tying at Raiders Weston starting at 7:30 PM. Info in due course.

5-7th Apr 2019 – High Country trout fishing in the north west alps. Jason Q is organising. Secretary has sent out the key info via email.

10th Apr 2019 – monthly meeting commencing 7:30 at Raiders Weston. More info soon.


I received an update on the Ozfish Unlimited AUSTRALIA FLY FISHING FESTIVAL.

Saturday 6th April Bruce Neale Drive Penrith, commencing 9am.

Juan Del Carmen, internationally renowned fly fisher, has organised the second annual AUSTRALIA FLY FISHING FESTIVAL and it’s still all FREE.

The event has been moved to Saturday April 6th which will make the temperature very pleasant.

Maintaining the successful format of last year’s festival, a cast of excellent presenters will demonstrate and talk on subjects as diverse as blackfish on fly, making the cast work for you, wind, knots, guiding experiences, fishing Sydney and casting heavy gear. We expect at least ten separate presentations and workshops, both on the river and on the grass, plus a host of suppliers and industry experts to be on hand to answer your every question.

The current list of presenters and demonstrators (more will be added):

Peter Morse MCI. Wildfish. Sage. Reddington.

Rod Harrison TFO rods.

Cameron McGregor River Escapes. Vision.

Emilio Caggianno Maxia Flyrods.

Josh Tredinnick Flyfishing movie director.

Clinton Isaac Australian Fly Fishing Lodge. Scott.

Royce Shanks discussing catching ludderick on fly.

Manic Tackle.

May Tackle.

Jack Marss Australian Fly Casting Distance Champion.

James Gay discussing two handed rods and casting.

Tony Loader MCI. THCI.

Loop Tackle.

Echo Rods.

Juan del Carmen Advanced Fly Fishing School.

Plus a quality raffle so bring your money with you. All proceeds raised will be used to fund next year’s event.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available from the Nepean Rowing Club’s PADDLES RESTAURANT as well as fairly decent coffee throughout.

Lunch is scheduled from 12.30pm and dinner at 6pm for those who wish to enjoy some fly fishing comradery. This event is targeted at both the experienced and the novice, so the less you know, the more you’ll learn!

Registration is free and is not essential but it makes my life easier via Eventbrite.

Facebook will be updated as information comes to hand.

Please feel free to phone Mark on 0428653080 or Juan on 0410935609 for further information.


Mar 2019 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 141)

A recent report by a CAA member of a trout kill at Pejar Dam were investigated by DPI.  Oxygen levels and temps were seen to be OK at the time of inspection and no dead fish found.  Regardless, it was good to see our members keeping an eye on our waters and reporting in when things go wrong.

This issue has a number of reports from related associations including severe problems during that recent heatwave at Gaden and actions being taken by the Council of Freshwater Anglers.  Good to see JQ and Jaime again providing some interesting reading plus the report by Charlie and Lyall on our recent event at Lake Burley Griffin.  Some news snippets discovered by Luke plus I report on experiments with waders in the pool.


CFA Annual Interclub Flyfishing Meet 3-5 May 2019 – Program and Other Info

The NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers annual Interclub Flyfishing Meet is being held 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 below:



Fly Tying 27 Feb 2019

Peter assumed the task of leading.

The Fly was the egg laying Elk Hair Caddis. It is a simple fly to tie and can be tied from size 20 to size 10. In past years it has been responsible for many hook ups for Peter (he cannot suggest that it was primarily the egg laying tie that attracted the fish or whether an ordinary would have done the job).

The following materials are required for the tying of the Egg Laying EHC:

Hook size: size 16 or your preferred size hook Hanak 100BL

Thread : Uni thread 8/0 Brown

Dubbing: Ice Dub UV peacock eye (or hends spectre dubbing 46)

Dubbing : superfine dubbing Tan

Hackle: Brown Saddle Hackle to suit hook size

Wing: Bleached Elk Hair

Feb 2019 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 140)

This edition has commenced with a very thoughtful piece from our President (who later pointed me to a comprehensive article available here.  In this vein, Leon spotted a significant fish kill in Pejar Dam.  This has been reported to DPI through Steve Samuels.  We await results from water testing that DPI are intending to carry out.

Only limited reporting on angling – has it been just too hot for people to get out and about?  Meanwhile a couple of reports of fish stocking in the local area.