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Compleat Angler Canberra – Update

(Key update – more fly related stock has arrived from Hardy and …. my memory fails me but another well known brand 🤔 Airflo?)

Nathan is back in town and has been recruited as the fulltime manager of the new Compleat Angler Canberra. It is in the previous WetSpot shop at 16 Wollongong St, Fyshwick (their sign will be replaced by a Compleat Angler soon). The shop is also selling Hobie kayaks etc and offering servicing for kayak owners.

One thing has changed. The shop will be supporting CAA for raffles etc, but individual discounts via club membership won’t be offered. Instead individuals will be getting bonus credits with each purchase through an individual loyalty plan. Nathan can explain fully when you drop in. The credit amount depends on what you buy but my recent experience was that mine was around 10%.

Survey for fishers in the Snowy Monaro region

NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers has brought to our attention this survey.  It is being conducted to inform Snowy-Monaro Regional Council about recreational anglers and their engagement with their sport in the region.  You are encouraged to take part.  This is a real chance for you to have your say and influence Council.  It took me 10 minutes.

Click here.

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.

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.


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.


CFA Annual Interclub Flyfishing Meet 3-5 May 2019 – Program and Other Info

The NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers annual Interclub Flyfishing Meet is being held at Black Gold Motel, Wallerawang on 3-5 May 2019 (weekend before Mothers’ Day).

CAA is an affiliate of NSWCFA and so is eligible to enter a team into this meet. It is a relaxed social get together but incorporates an inter club team competition with a mix of judged fishing, fly casting, fly tying and fish photography rounds. CAA have not attended in the past as it has clashed with other events but Stefan hopes to encourage members for this season. More info below: