Wed 8th May – 7:30PM at Raiders Weston Club. Speaker will be Associate Professor Chris Fulton from the Research School of Biology at the ANU will be telling us about the endangered high country Murray crayfish.
Thu 16th May – ACT Fly Fishers have kindly invited all CAA members to their monster fly fishing gear auction night from 7:30 pm at the Deakin Soccer Club at 3 Grose Street in Deakin. The idea is to bring along your pre-loved but good fly fishing gear on the evening and have them auctioned off to provide you with dollars in your pocket and provide beginning fly fishers (or you) with nice rods, reels, lines and all manner of gear. ACTFF will keep ten percent of the sale price which is next to nothing. Just like previous auctions it promises to be a fun night.
Fri 17th – Sun 19th May – Stefan is hosting our annual trip to Tumut. More information has been sent out via email.
Wed 22nd May – Fly tying – usual time of 7:30PM at Raiders Weston Club. Fly will be advised.
Late breaking news from Antia at UMDR about a free seminar on the mysteries of this cute furry creature. Also a chance to join some citizen science. Check out the flyer below.
The road access to the Eucumbene River at Denison is gated off but people with mobility problems can seek permission, and if necessary, the special key.
Luke (our Facebook manager) has spotted the DPI announcement of this year’s request process. Well done mate.
For those who aren’t following the CAA Facebook page, here is a link to the relevant post.
This issue has seen the return of some ‘tips from members for members’ – many thanks JQ for your contribution – even if the photo is a bit scary. A little humour has come in from Luke (who has recently resurrected our Facebook page – much appreciated mate). Ian is away and took time out to send a short report – Peter and I are looking forward to joining in the fun. With winter coming, and many of us driving diesels, I’ve copied in here some notes I’ve extracted (with permission) from ACTFF. A disappointing report is also here from MAS – this will impact on local stocking. A highlight of this issue is the report from Claude and BJ on their recent trip to NZ – just check out the cover photo to tempt you into reading the full report.
Maestro v Magician on the Mackenzie
Claude and BJ revealed to a number of us “NZ old hands” that they had engineered a week in Twizel. Much animated discussions on how and where followed.
BJ offered some hints to entice you to read the full report (or perhaps more likely to have a chat over a beer at a future meeting):
“Claude’s tricky F-Fly switcharoo calling a rainbow from the deep, the in-plain-sight 2 rod-lengths away staring competition with a 65cm brown (that he lost when he blinked) on the tarn, and the ‘no-strike’ strike technique that worked once and failed once. The Maestro was as much a magician as Declan and never (ever) failed to pull a rainbow (or 3) out of a lie.”
Meanwhile, here is the full report:
Claude subsequently sent me this stunning photo. He tells me “the location was Lake Pukaki at the delta. If the weather is good it’s great fishing in the shallows with small nymphs polaroiding and where the Tasman river braids flow into the lake”
Got this today from the DPI, it is unfortunate that it clashes with our monthly meeting:
We’re calling on anglers to join us for an informal get together from 4pm on Wednesday 10th April at Gaden Trout Hatchery to discuss the NSW trout strategy.
This is a great opportunity to meet DPI staff and for anglers to hear about new and ongoing research, enhancements to hatcheries, stocking and management arrangements and DPI/ angler communication. The event will begin with presentations from management and research staff after which anglers can tour the facilities and see demonstrations on research techniques such as tagging and electrofishing and participate in further discussions. The event will conclude by 6:30pm followed by light refreshments and you can join in at anytime throughout the afternoon. Please RSVP to Gaden Trout Hatchery on 6451 3400.
Claude volunteered to host fly tying on Wednesday 27 March tying the Grab All emerger.
Detailed instructions may be available from Claude or Lyall, though the fly is a Chris Bassono design and can be found in a standard text book.
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 email@example.com.
Fly Fish Australia National Fly Fishing Championships
I received an update on the Ozfish Unlimited AUSTRALIA FLY FISHING FESTIVAL.
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.