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Coming Events

Next Meeting:

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.

Next Events:

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.

Disabled Access to Eucumbene River at Denison

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.

Apr 2019 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 142)

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.


New Zealand – Claude and BJ – updated

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

Gaden Trout Hatchery Open afternoon – Discussion on Trout Strategy

Got this today from the DPI, it is unfortunate that it clashes with our monthly meeting:

Dear Stakeholders

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.

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

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


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.