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Vale Dr Bryan Pratt

It is with sadness that we have received news of Bryan’s passing.

Bryan was a long term member and ongoing supporter of Canberra Anglers. He served as president about 50 years ago and spoke about our second decade during our 60th anniversary dinner. CAA granted life membership in 2013 – a photo of him receiving the certificate is in the Sep 2013 Burley Line . A tribute piece is in the Canberra Times.

Bryan was a noted raconteur and his stories and ready advice will be sorely missed.

CAA Native Fish Scoring – Update

(I was having some troubles with our web page uploading new material – now fixed)

You will recall that we use a calculator to determine the relative merits of Native freshwater fish for our Natives trophy – the argument being that different species are inherently different in length and so Murray Cod would potentially win the trophy every time.  The calculator basically gives a score between 1% for a fish that is exactly legal size and 100% for a fish that matches the ANSA record for that species.

Of course, new records are made all the time, indeed a new record was set for Murray Cod during 2017-18 – accordingly our calculator is periodically updated.  The 2018-19 Calculator is now in our “Club Process” section and can be reached directly here

Silent Auction – Fishing Gear Storage Shelf – Update

An anonymous donor has crafted this impressive item and donated it to CAA as a fundraiser. NEW BONUSto start the fitting out (for real use or just for decoration) there will be a very pretty traditional wooden landing net included.

Store your favourite fishing and tying equipment in your study or garage. Stores up to four rod tubes. MDF construction ready for undercoating and painting to the colour that matches your décor. If you want to varnish the cabinet you will need to do a little sanding.

  • Biscuit and glue construction -> no nails or screws.
  • French cleat mounting bracket -> screw the bracket to the wall and then ‘simply’ lift and hang the cabinet.


  • 700 mm x 300 mm x 900 mm (w) x (d) x (h)
  • Shelf heights: 155 mm, 160 mm, 125 mm, 195 mm
  • Rod tube storage diameter = 80 mm

Email your bids to Burley Line Editor see our home page, or come to the AGM on 8 Aug to see it ‘live’ and join the silent auction.

(Note that Lyall has populated the shelf with angling items for demonstration purposes and aren’t part if the auction 😁)

Fly Fish Australia Fundraiser

The 2018 Commonwealth Team will be holding two fundraising events 3-5 August. One in the Snowy mountains and one in Tasmania. For further information and to secure your spot please contact