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Coming Events

16th Feb – First event of the year. Lake fishing and BBQ on Lake Burley Griffin at Black Mountain peninsula. Meet at 8:30 AM or come later. BYO bbq.

27th Feb 2019 – Fly tying at Raiders Weston starting at 7:30 PM. John will take us through a Marc Petijean fly (Google him). More info soon.

13th Mar 2019 – Mar meeting of the year – as usual at Raiders Weston starting at 7:30 PM. Speaker to be advised.

23rd Mar 2019 – (evening) fishing for natives in Yerrabi. Jason Q will provide more info soon.

Second annual Australia Fly Fishing Festival – Saturday 6th April at Penrith

I recently got some background info on the festival:

On behalf of Juan del Carmen, internationally recognised fly fisher, can I please ask you to convey to your fly fishing club members, and everyone else, that the second annual Australia Fly Fishing Festival will be on Saturday 6th April in Penrith.

Last year we had 170 participants, from absolute beginners to internationally qualified instructors, and from as far away as Maleny in Queensland. This year we have moved the date to April, for cooler weather, and to give people more notice.

I will send a program to each club in early March, but for now, just reminding your members that the festival is on, and that it is still all free, would be appreciated.

Information will be uploaded to Facebook ( as it comes to hand, and whilst attendance is free and registration is not required, I would appreciate people registering through Eventbrite at

Feb 2019 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 140)

This edition has commenced with a very thoughtful piece from our President (who later pointed me to a comprehensive article available here.  In this vein, Leon spotted a significant fish kill in Pejar Dam.  This has been reported to DPI through Steve Samuels.  We await results from water testing that DPI are intending to carry out.

Only limited reporting on angling – has it been just too hot for people to get out and about?  Meanwhile a couple of reports of fish stocking in the local area.


CAA Program Addition

We omitted to include in our program the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers annual Interclub Flyfishing Meet 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 in due course from Stefan

Latest Snowy Hydro 2.0 Issue

Seems Snowy 2.0 is seeking to avoid one required step in the approval chain. They are seeking to get exemption from a review of its value for money.

I wonder if the departure of Malcolm Turnbull will also have an impact.

For those who need a broad description of the project, you might read this from the ABC.

For those new to this matter, trout anglers are concerned about the potential to impact on trout in Lake Tantangara (and possibly elsewhere). This includes to potential for redfin to be pumped up to Tantangara from Talbingo and predate on trout. Monaro Acclimatisation Society is negotiating remedial action with Snowy Hydro.

More here.

Trout Strategy Workshops Consultation Report

wow – after 3 odd months, some progress.  Attendees got the following email plus the report at bottom.

Please find attached the consultation report arising from the trout strategy workshop meetings and on line survey held during May / June.

The workshops provided a great opportunity to meet with the trout fishing community of NSW.  We very much appreciate the input provided by participants at the workshops.

The workshops and broader consultation provided a wealth of feedback about the current state of the trout fishery in NSW, the range of threats to the sustainability of the fishery and proposed strategies for addressing future challenges.

The next step is to draft a trout strategy based on this public feedback.  We look forward to working with you in future to determine how best to manage the various challenges facing the industry to ensure a sustainable future for this important fishery.

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Jo Merritt, Hume Fisheries Office, Department of Primary Industries on 6051 7760 or email

NSW DPI Fisheries_Trout Report_Aug 2018