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Fly Tying Demo at Compleat Angler – 21 Jun

CAA member Evan, in his ‘Createafly’ persona, will be giving a demonstration at the shop 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

All the info including images is here but suffice to say:

The flies look interesting. Wet flies suitable for winter Trout fishing

BYO vice to tie along with Evan.

Free sausage sizzle if you get peckish.

What more do you need to tempt you!

The night will be free to attend, however the store insist that you call in advance to book on 6239 1323.

Coming Events

Next Meeting:

Wed 10th Jul – 7:30PM at Raiders Weston Club. Speaker to be advised.

Next Events:

Fri 14th – Sun 16th Jun – ‘Jun Chill’ at Angler’s Reach. More details from Lyall.

Wed 26th Jun – Fly tying – John will advise.

Fri 12th – Sun 14th Jul – Saltwater – the only chance to win the Saltwater Trophy. More details from Rod.

Longer Term Planning:

Sundays 15th, 22nd and 28th Sep – our annual free fly casting lessons to the public on the lawns of Old Parliament House. The final weekend will be optional time on water at Googong Dam. More details closer to the date.

Gin Clear Rise Movie Festival – 14 Aug

It’s back in town 14 Aug, 7-9PM Capitol Cinemas Manuka. For those who didn’t get the promo email:

Oh yeah! It is coming back – RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, the most extensive fly fishing festival in the world, will be back in Australian cinemas starting in August 2019 and traveling through the country for 2 months. In its 14th year, RISE is on a mission to celebrate our fly fishing lifestyle by bringing you engaging stories, from around the globe, of big fish and the inspiring characters that chase them. It’s the only way to kick-off the new fishing season!

Check out for all tour information, videos, photos and more.

Learn More »

Festival Feature Films:

Collaborative project from Gin-Clear Media and Machado Outdoor, Distant Bays is the festival feature film. It details an exploratory trip to Lago Strobel, in the Patagonian region of Argentina. Generally exploratory trips are a struggle but not this one. The crew luck into an unbelievable spell of settled weather and the lake, which ordinarily is whipped to foam by the roaring forties, becomes as placid as a millpond. Five days of remarkable sight fishing for trophy rainbow trout ensue.

Watch The Trailer »

Glorious Bastards is set in the beautiful, untouched waters of the Wessels Islands, Northern Territory. A group of South African and Aussie fly fishers venture there to tangle with a curious fish nicknamed the Blue Bastard. Aussie fly fishers have long known about these fish, but the Blue Bastard was only formally identified as a new species in 2015 and named Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus. Native only to Australian waters, this is a truly Aussie fish. They live up to their nickname and drive anglers insane with their pickiness and tenacity. Two different species of permit also swim these waters and they too display plenty of ‘bastard-like’ behaviour. This film is great fun as we watch these skilled anglers chase these glorious bastards.

Watch The Trailer »

The movie Gigas follows two anglers, in the middle of the Brazilian jungle, as they chase a prehistoric fish that the natives call Pirarucú. This mythical creature is the Arapaima, one of world’s largest freshwater fish, but catching one on fly has its ups and downs. Follow Stephan Dombaj and Matt Harris as they attempt the seemingly impossible.

Watch The Trailer »

June 2019 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 144)

Luke’s latest post on CAA Facebook reminds me that I forgot to mention stream trout season closure real soon now. Oops🙄

An eclectic mix this month.

Thanks Shaun for the gear review on modestly priced wading boot studs – I’ve still got to order mine. There is also some interesting news from MAS and CFA. Many thanks to Stefan for a thoughtful report on the Tumut trip. The photos from Lyall, and particularly by Thomas, are brilliant. Lyall is a trusted provider of material for Burley Line but I look forward to more from Thomas to grace our photo of the month to add to this month’s.

There’s an article here following on from Jaime’s great idea suggesting the coffee and shop trip to the Grand Opening of the Compleat Angler Canberra – the photos show a bunch of happy shoppers in amongst extensive stock. Well done and good luck to Nathan in this new endeavour.

Lyall was kind enough to pen some notes on the recent FFA National Championship held at Tumut. I noted that JQ had been too busy with work (and I’m aware family) to get in his report on this event for this issue. I look forward to some words on his experience with the FFA event next month.


Anglers Access Website

DPI have been (slowly) developing a website to provide information to anglers of access to waters across NSW. Check it out the prototype:

NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers has been pursuing DPI for advice in its further advancement. Seems to me that despite lots of dots on the map, the underlying information remains quite thin.

Any comments placed on this CAA News Blog post via ‘reply’ will be forwarded to CFA. (Don’t forget to annotate your reply with a name that you are happy to have published on the Internet)

Sale at Anglers Art – Update

Update from Lyall:

There are still amazing bargains to be had at The Angler’s Art in Phillip. (Pratt’s Tackle Box has closed its doors for the last time).

At The Angler’s Art in Phillip they have put together grab bags of fly tying material at fifty percent off the usual prices and all fly lines have been consolidated at Phillip at bargain prices. You will regret it if you don’t get these bargains NOW.

You might like to pop in for a bargain or see it as supporting Doris.

Gaden Trout Hatchery – Tri Annual Report – Jan-May 2019

We received from MAS two reports from Gaden. The routine Tri-annual and a special report on the fish kill at the hatchery.

Steve Samuels remarked “Happy to say the hatchery met all our stocking targets, so a big thank you to them for their hard work during this awful event.

The fish kill report shows the effort taken by hatchery staff. I understand they denuded all stocks of bagged ice in Jindabyne at the time. The infrastructure projects referred to look very encouraging.

Gaden Report Jan-april

fish kill report- gaden

Trout Strategy Update

In consultation with stakeholders, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has prepared a snapshot of the NSW Trout Strategy (attached) to ensure the enduring future of the recreational trout fishery.

Following on from the NSW Trout Strategy Workshops which were held mid-last year, NSW DPI will be conducting further informal workshops. The first of these meeting was held at Gaden Trout Hatchery on the 10th of April and we will now be holding further workshops in the New England and Central Tableland areas. This is a great opportunity to meet DPI staff and for anglers to hear about new and ongoing great 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 see demonstrations on research techniques such as tagging, electrofishing and participate in further discussions.

Workshops will be held at the

L.P. Dutton Trout Hatchery (Point Lookout Road, Ebor NSW) on the 25th May 2019 from 2:30pm- 4:30pm

Black Gold Motel Wallerawang (Lithgow,) on the 15th June 2019 – from 2:30pm to 3:30pm and then on Lake Wallace 3:30pm to 4:30pm for fish stocking and scientific display

Registration is required in order to help with workshop seating and catering purposes. To register your interest at either of the two events above contact Jo Merritt via email

or phone at the Hume Fisheries Office on 02 6051 7760.

If you have any feed back or questions on the on the Trout Strategy Snapshot feel free to email

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