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July 2020 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 157)

Many thanks to Rod for his notes.  I’m conscious that some people actually work for a living and I appreciate folks such as him spending the time to contribute to Burley Line.

End of season for trout stream fishing and some members report here on their experiences – some interesting reading from Evan, Claude&BJ and Peter.  What a beauty from Jaime – and then he backed up with a good string of Cod (the man is a veritable angling machine).  Things are relaxing a bit with initial recommencement of CAA angling events with the June Chill at Black Mountain Peninsula – as you’ll see, the President led from the front – but unfortunately our Saltwater event has had to be cancelled, and our meetings will continue to be virtual for the time being.  The unique value of Zoom was demonstrated by the June meeting where, all that way from NZ, Declan Wong spoke on ‘What you should do prior to, and what to expect when, fly fishing in NZ – A guides perspective’.  An enjoyable question/answer session – Claude has provided a summary here.  Finally, another early member of CAA has passed away.

We are getting close to our July meeting … remember, that’s when Lyall closes the ‘little green book’ and the registration of fish for possible trophy consideration closes.  If you have fish to register, you best contact Lyall  and book in a physical meeting or other arrangement in case our club meeting has to continue with Zoom.  My quick glance earlier this month revealed very few entries.

Some good news on the Facebook front – Shaun has volunteered to be the lead Editor.  If you are registered on Facebook, you should consider “liking and following” the CAA Facebook page.  Shaun has lots of contacts and so, while much will align with stuff you’ll see in the Newsletter or CAA Website News Blog, you may well see it on FB first.  I’m adding a column here in Burley Line as a ‘catch up’ for those of you who don’t want to sign up for Facebook.

DPI Developments in Support of Snowy Trout

DPI Fisheries has been criticised for not displaying action in respect to the Trout Strategy that had been developed with much angler input a year or so ago. On 18 June 2020 they conducted an extended Zoom presentation covering these matters, specifically the innovations being implemented at Gaden Hatchery and especially the research activities being conducted across the state. It was a very informative session and well received.

For those who didn’t go, or those who would like a reminder of the slide packs/information, these have been disseminated and available here. The titles are not entirely descriptive of the contents. The first one focusses on research, the second the efforts more broadly.

The Contentious Issue of NSW Handling of Crown Land – Prepare to Have a Say

The handling of the various publicly ‘owned’ land (eg TSRs, Crown Reserves and Crown Roads) has been a continuing issue for anglers within NSW.  The loss of access to waters due to the sale of TSRs etc has been considerable. The transparency of Government consideration has reduced over the years and it is only through dedicated monitoring by a few (eg President MAS Steve Samuels) that plans have been identified and, where necessary, objected to. (Steve has had some great wins in the Snowy Monaro).

The ever vigilant NSWCFA (thanks Ray Tang) has spotted this exposure document in respect to Crown Land.  I’d encourage all readers here to examine the draft for education and consideration.  When the formal public consideration period commences I’d encourage strong individual participation.  No doubts NSWCFA Executive will put a consolidated position into the process as well.

Coming Events

Next Meeting:

Wed 8th Jul. Normal time of 7:30 via Zoom. Details to be confirmed.

Next Events:

Sat-Sun 11-12th July. Saltwater event. Unfortunately cancelled due to COVID

Wed 22nd July. Fly tying. To be confirmed via Zoom or face to face.

Wed 12th August. Annual General Meeting – to be advised if Raiders is accepting groups like ours.

Native Fish Recovery Strategy

You might recall anglers were asked to contribute to the development of a new Native Fish Recovery Strategy.

We’ve been advised today that on Friday 19 June Murray-Darling Basin Ministers endorsed the Strategy, “which provides guidance and practical actions that governments, communities and the private sector can take to strengthen the health of native fish”.

The document is available on the Murray Darling Basin Authority website.

Fly Tying 24 June 2020 – Cormorant Fly

Apologies, JQ has asked that I amend the instructions.


Our FNQ branch member, JQ, volunteered to lead us on the Cormorant fly. Hmm, looks like it might be hard to cast but should catch lots of fish!

Basic Tools: Bobbin, whip finisher, sharp scissors.


Hook – Any nymph/ lake hook size 12-18

Thread: 8/0 black or, **any colour depending on what colour people want their fly to be. And maybe a fluro yellow, orange, pink, red acting as a ‘hotspot’ or cheeks. Keep the thread small as the fly is pretty small. 6/0 is ok, but still pretty thick.

Body: Tinsel – Gold, silver, red, copper, blue, green (med) – Whatever colour people like for a body. Any colour thread even!

Body Rib: Small/ med wire – or stripped peacock quill.

Wing: Marabou or rabbit zonka – colour of people’s choice

Cheeks: Jungle cock or medium sized tinsel for cheeks.. Goose biots are very good too. We can even use fluro thread..

Varnish, nail polish or UV resin.. no preference. And BeesWax for thread

Notes/ Tips from JQ:
Below are some notes & tips from my experiences. – You might find them useful
1. We often buy tying gear because a recipe insists on something** but we can easily substitute that ‘something’ with an equivalent or like product. Our gear becomes more consolidated, reducing gear that we may only use a couple of times. Our money will go much further allowing you to spend more elsewhere! I will go through some flies where you will use these materials again and again
2. Buy a hank of Flashabou tinsel (Code: 6998) or, Polarflash (Code: 2015) rather than bobbins of tinsel.. Works out much cheaper and you get heaps of colours in your hank of tinsel.. You can use it for cheeks but it is pretty narrow. Buying hanks of flashabou etc. allows you the opportunity to use it in your wooly buggers, humongous, shreks etc, even collars, nymph cases, ribbing etc
3. SPOTLIGHT or Craft stores have Goose Biots and they have like a pack of 10 with 2x red, 2x blue, 2x yellow, 2x white and 2x green? If not, get on to and checkout Rob’s Hareline range
4. Colours/ variants are endless for this fly. If you haven’t got the exact materials we can substitute it and it’ll still be a fish-catcher. We can go through some variants on the night
5. EP Streamer Brush is also very handy – Orange in particular is very productive in local lakes. Check out Craig Dawson write up in the book Australian Trout Flies ‘revisited’. And then the streamer brush is good for cod flies, salt and many other flies
6. UV resin is great for instant completion to your flies, but has a nice price tag and a UV light is required. Most of the time $5.00 Sally Hansens is more than fine and is as robust. Sally Hansens does smell and so do some UV resins. The choice is yours!
7. Jungle cock is difficult to obtain these days (limited supply), suppliers have plastic printed ones. Or we can use tinsel or biots
8. Fish these anywhere in your team of flies. Swing them, Tweak them

The real ones

For Those Who Care About Mac Perch

Got this from UMDR and Cooma Waterwatch:

UMDR needs 10 mins of your time to fill out the community fish knowledge survey by Monday 15th June.

Local Land Services is leading a team with a long term vision to recover populations of the Endangered Macquarie Perch in South East NSW. The upper Murrumbidgee has the longest length of river where the fish remain Australia wide, yet the fish face critical challenges here. With the help of the local community and of a committed team of scientists and practitioners we have a chance to work towards a long term plan to Bring Back the Mac. A quick online ‘baseline community knowledge survey’ has been put together that we hope you will participate in.
This is a survey of community knowledge of the Macquarie Perch, its habitat needs and its threats. If you prefer a paper version, please get in touch with or Georgeanna Story at Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare on You can find the survey here or follow the link on the Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Website.

(Ed: it is quite short and simple – no need to leave your name)