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Have Your Say on Native Fish Stocking

Must be the time of year for public consultation.

DPI stock hundreds of thousands of Murray Cod, Australian Bass and Golden Perch.

They are seeking comments on the stocking plan for 2019/20 including advice on additional lakes that should be added to the list. You can read the survey promotion including the link at the DPI Facebook page (membership of Facebook not required).

The survey closes 9 Aug.

I’ve archived the survey on angling good practice. The draft is a bit bureaucratic with lots of statements of common sense. As you would expect a heavy emphasis on rock fishing. Nevertheless it isn’t that long to read and provides some good reminders, particularly if you are taking out beginners.

Survey closes 7 Aug.

Fly Tying 24 July 2019

The original plan was for exploring dubbing brush but this has been postponed to August.

Instead John will lead with a fly from the IFFF Fly Tying Bronze Award flies. Download the instructions here with the intention that the CAA tying program will slowly work through the collection. This month is the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph Evaluation Fly.

Usual time of 7:30 PM at Raiders Weston.

Gin Clear Rise Movie Festival – 14 Aug

It’s back in town 14 Aug but note it clashes with the AGM.

7-9PM Capitol Cinemas Manuka. For those who didn’t get the promo email:

Oh yeah! It is coming back – RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, the most extensive fly fishing festival in the world, will be back in Australian cinemas starting in August 2019 and traveling through the country for 2 months. In its 14th year, RISE is on a mission to celebrate our fly fishing lifestyle by bringing you engaging stories, from around the globe, of big fish and the inspiring characters that chase them. It’s the only way to kick-off the new fishing season!

Check out for all tour information, videos, photos and more.

Learn More »

Festival Feature Films:

Collaborative project from Gin-Clear Media and Machado Outdoor, Distant Bays is the festival feature film. It details an exploratory trip to Lago Strobel, in the Patagonian region of Argentina. Generally exploratory trips are a struggle but not this one. The crew luck into an unbelievable spell of settled weather and the lake, which ordinarily is whipped to foam by the roaring forties, becomes as placid as a millpond. Five days of remarkable sight fishing for trophy rainbow trout ensue.

Watch The Trailer »

Glorious Bastards is set in the beautiful, untouched waters of the Wessels Islands, Northern Territory. A group of South African and Aussie fly fishers venture there to tangle with a curious fish nicknamed the Blue Bastard. Aussie fly fishers have long known about these fish, but the Blue Bastard was only formally identified as a new species in 2015 and named Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus. Native only to Australian waters, this is a truly Aussie fish. They live up to their nickname and drive anglers insane with their pickiness and tenacity. Two different species of permit also swim these waters and they too display plenty of ‘bastard-like’ behaviour. This film is great fun as we watch these skilled anglers chase these glorious bastards.

Watch The Trailer »

The movie Gigas follows two anglers, in the middle of the Brazilian jungle, as they chase a prehistoric fish that the natives call Pirarucú. This mythical creature is the Arapaima, one of world’s largest freshwater fish, but catching one on fly has its ups and downs. Follow Stephan Dombaj and Matt Harris as they attempt the seemingly impossible.

Watch The Trailer »

Update – Calling all Budding Citizen Scientists

Further to the post below, our own entymologist Jaime has put in a bid on behalf of CAA in collaboration with CSIRO. He’ll have more advice soon on how it will progress.

National Waterbug Blitz & Mayfly Muster

Got this today from the National Waterbug Blitz. More information in the Introductory Factsheet

We would like to introduce you to National Waterbug Blitz, Australia’s first nationwide waterway monitoring event, funded by an Inspiring Australia grant. This Spring, Australians are encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ and investigate how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what aquatic macroinvertebrates they contain. The type and number of waterbugs found in a waterway can tell us a lot about how healthy that waterway is. We are running training sessions all over Australia from August to November, with recreational fishing groups, fly fishers, Landcare, Natural Resource Management agencies and schools – anyone can participate. Please see attached Information Sheet and visit our website for video tutorials to see what’s involved.

To identify and record waterbugs, the Waterbug App has been specifically designed for this project. It’s a great, easy to use tool and replaces traditional data sheets in the field. It’s free to download, and you can choose to do a detailed Waterbug Survey or a quick Mayfly Muster. See more here about the app.

If you haven’t got the time to do a full Waterbug Survey (takes about half a day), consider just looking for mayflies as part of the Mayfly Muster. Mayflies tend to “opt out” when water quality and habitat conditions in a river become degraded (mainly around towns and cities). By finding the spot where the mayflies stop we can establish which parts of a river need our help the most. If you are a fly fishing enthusiast, you can also use the Mayfly Muster to record when mayflies are emerging, and in areas where other people use the app you can check on old data to see when “the hatch” is most likely.

If you would like more information about training sessions, please email or call us on 0421 769 336. EOIs for sessions for this Spring are open till 12th July.

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The National Waterbug Blitz Project is a collaboration between The Waterbug Company, Federation University Australia’s Centre for e-Research & Digital Innovation, along with Waterwatch Victoria, The Code Sharman, EnviroComm Connections Pty Ltd and NSW Waterwatch, and is funded through a Citizen Science Grant from the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program.

Talk – Fly Fishing for Murray Cod

For those who didn’t get it directly from Nathan:


Join us in store on Friday the 26th of July, from 6:00 – 8:00pm as Aussie Fly Fisher’s Canberra & Snowy Mountains Guide, Mickey Finn talks Fly Fishing for Murray Cod.

In Store Evening with Mickey Finn talking Fly Fishing for Murray Cod.
Mickey will be sharing his vast knowledge of the how, why & when of Fly Fishing for the iconic Australian Native, the Murray Cod.

He will also present the short film ‘GOODOO’ which featured at last years RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, in which he played a vital role. He’ll provide commentary of the details that went into making it as well.

If your interested in catching your first Cod on Fly, or that magical metre plus fish of a lifetime…this is one night you don’t want to miss!

WHEN – Friday the 26th of July, 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE – Compleat Angler Canberra, 16 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick, ACT.
A FREE BBQ and Drinks Provided on the Night
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for further information.

Comments Sought on Angling Good Practice

The draft activity good practice guide for Angling has just been released for public comment. Members of the outdoors community can have their say about this activity good practice guide by visiting

The draft good practice guide is available to download or readable online via the yoursay website. Feedback submissions can be lodged via the websites submission forms. These include ‘general impressions’, as well the opportunity to provide detailed and ‘specific feedback’ on any piece of content or section.

Feedback submissions for Angling will close on 7 Aug.

Have your say by:

• Getting involved in the public consultation and download the Angling draft GPG at

• Providing feedback on the Angling draft at
To find out more about the Australian Adventure Activity Standard and Good Practice Guides visit

Their privacy policy is available at

More on the Local Macquarie Perch Recovery Effort

In the July Burley Line Peter provided some notes on the recent workshop he and Roger attended. There are now some additional notes from the Rivers of Carbon organisation (including more science says Peter). Lots of photos of the good work being done in respect to habitat as well as the workshop itself. They even got a few snaps of Peter 🙂

The article provides links to even more information on the recovery program.

Coming Events

Next Meeting:

Wed 14th Aug – 7:30PM at Raiders Weston Club. This is our AGM where our trophies will be awarded and Committee elected (think about putting your hand up to help shape the club). I’ve no doubts there’ll be lucky door prizes, raffles and nibblies.

Next Events:

Wed 24th Jul – The original plan was for exploring dubbing brush but this has been postponed to August. Instead John will lead with the Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph Evaluation Fly.

To be Advised Aug – the now traditional planning meeting/wider club fishing event at Bondi Forest Lodge is being reviewed … watch this space.

Longer Term Planning:

Sundays 15th, 22nd and 28th Sep – our annual free fly casting lessons to the public on the lawns of Old Parliament House. The final weekend will be optional time on water at Googong Dam. More details closer to the date.

Sunday 27th Oct – CAA are helping Men’s Link with fishing activity on LBG – we’ll be providing some angling expertise to assist the Men’s Link adults with mentoring youth proteges. More info from John or Rod.

Closing Roads in Lower Cotter Catchment

Some of may have spotted an article in the Canberra Times.

“At the moment there’s two dead ends in the southern part of the catchment that have been hot spots for anti-social activity,” Mr Daines said. “This will just move them back to the main road. It won’t limit people’s access to the catchment.”

We can relax. Enquiries through Access Canberra provided a reassuring response from Nick Daines, Manager, Lower Cotter Catchment

When we were planning the changes, we wanted to make sure people could still access Vanity’s Crossing …keeping the general public on side, especially recreational fishers, is important to us.

The gate I was referring to in the article is on the eastern side of the crossing (which we find people don’t park at very often as it is already a long walk to get to the crossing). So that gate will move around 1km up the road to the intersection of Pipeline Road. However, the gate on the western side, which most people park at as its only a few hundred metres walk to Vanity’s Crossing, will remain where it is. So still plenty of access for fishing.

Citizen Science Supporting the Trout Strategy

Further to our recent post on trials of larger trout being stocked. I’ve received the following advice from DPI:

DPI Fisheries is releasing larger Rainbow Trout into selected waters to combat the negative effects of Redfin predation. We are requesting all information from recaptured tagged fish to be submitted via our online recapture form at This information helps determine growth rates and the sufficient size class capable of avoiding Redfin predation.

Here is a flyer with more information including the reward.

To see a full list of stocking sites in NSW, our interactive map can be accessed at:

Simply click on any of the green (River) or red (Impoundment) icons and the historical stocking data for each species will be displayed on a graph.

The waters where the tagged trout have been released are currently:

Khancoban Pondage
Oberon Dam
Lake Wallace (Wallerawang not Nimmitabel)
Lake Lyell
Carcoar Dam
Fish River
Duckmaloi River