Category Archives: News

Coming Events

Sat-Sun 23-24 Jun – Lyall is taking us to Tuross Head. Opportunities for beach, rock, estuary and lake. We will be staying at Tuross Beach Holiday Park. Contact Lyall for accommodation booking.

Wed 27th Jun – monthly fly tying at Weston Club 7.30pm. oops I got that wrong when I said “June fly tying will be Shaun’s Crustacean Bugger” – Shaun is on for August (JM for July). Jason Q and Evan will be hosting fly tying and teaching us how to tie the Paraloop Emerger. Lyall was at Eucumbene recently and the trout were sipping just under the surface and an emerger would have been the fly of choice.

RecFish Alliance (NSW) June Newsletter

This has just arrived and can be viewed here.

Apart from repeating some items from the CFA newsletter there were only a couple items of keen interest to me:

Alvey Reels to stay in production after all

New Crown land management laws from July – not sure what the consequences of this are but it seems the state government have delegated management to local councils. I wonder if visibility and anglers’ voice will be impeded. More examination by a Burley Line cub reporter is needed, though the article does say:

A Community Engagement Strategy, which outlines requirements for engagement on key Crown land dealings such as licences, leases and sales, will also start on July 1.

“Communities throughout NSW will have the opportunity to be more involved in decisions on how Crown land is managed,” Mr Toole said.

NSW Council of Freshwater Angling June Newsletter

Arrived too late for Jun Burley Line but is available here.

One interesting item from Gaden Hatchery Tri-Annual report: “5,000 heat treated larger fingerlings” (rainbows) “were available and released into Googong Dam for potential increased survival rate with redfin.

The newsletter has two topical articles on the National Carp Control Program and the recent proposed legislation to protect brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park.

Photograph by members of Monaro Acclimatisation Society show the bottom photo shows stream bank damage and siltation in Mosquito Creek

Jun 2018 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 133)

Some very sad news as you’ll read in the newsletter.

I’ve written up a recent trip by Ian, Lyall and me to New Zealand and then we have my report from the Tumut trip. It becomes starkly clear why I have to go to NZ as it has become obvious that I have big problems catching Australian trout! I hope the Trout Strategy will go some way to improving the trout situation ‘here’ in NSW, otherwise it seems I might need to move to Victoria where things seem to be going gang busters. (My long weekend down the coast had only one ‘success’ when a pipi grabbed onto a treble hook – fingers crossed for better results when I go down with Lyall).

Meanwhile, Luke and Nathan have had some great success on the rivers (probably European nymphing!). It took some encouragement for them to write up their experiences as they didn’t want to show up some of the old-stagers.

Ash has also provided a contribution covering his successes with Murray Cod. Beautiful fish.

Many thanks to Jason Q and Luke for standing in for me last month – it is great to have such dedicated backup.

Hope you enjoy the read, but still looking forward to your contributions folks.


Places to Go – Mataura River, Southland NZ

The Mataura, especially around Gore, has been the happy stomping ground for many in the CAA.  For those who’ve not been, here is a few notes to tempt your bucket list.

(the photo above is the Mataura high upstream above Nokomai Station near Athol in Apr 2016. River is pretty low after a good flush the week before)


Snowy Hydro 2.0 – Feasibility Report

got the following from Steve Samuels (Pres MAS and significant angling representative for this region):


By now you will probably know that Snowy Hydro has released the Feasibility Report on the Pumped Hydro 2.0 Project which stipulates the project is feasible and will go ahead. A full copy of the Report can be found at:

The essence of the project is that water will be released from Tantangara Dam into Talbingo Dam via generators. Water will then be returned to Tantangara Dam from Talbingo Dam to repeat the cycle.

We know that there are redfin perch in Talbingo and none in Tantangara. From a fishing perspective we remain concerned that there exists a real risk that redfin perch will be transported through the system from Talbingo Dam into Tantangara Dam.

Included below is the relevant section from the Feasibility Report for you to study – it is a short but important read.

In the new year I will be asking you all to participate with the MAS in contacting Snowy Hydro to impress upon them the importance of keeping redfin out of Tantangara, but in the meantime please have a good festive season.


Steve Samuels


Monaro Acclimatisation Society Inc

Feasibility Report extract on redfin

5.4.4 Transport of undesirable aquatic species One of the key environmental risks for the operation of the Facilities (once the Project is completed) is the potential transfer of Redfin Perch (Perca fluviatilis) through the proposed tunnel from Talbingo Reservoir to Tantangara Reservoir. Redfin are a NSW-listed Class 1 noxious species under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW). Outputs from the NSW Department of Primary Industries ((DPI)) freshwater fisheries database confirm that a large resident Redfin perch population is present in Talbingo Reservoir. The same output has not detected any Redfin in the upper Murrumbidgee catchment upstream of the ACT border, which includes Tantangara Reservoir. Redfin are voracious predators known to prey predominantly on juvenile and adult forms of various fish species. Redfin are also known carriers of the Epizootic Haematopoietic Necrosis (EHN) Virus. This virus is lethal to Redfin but also to trout and native fish species.The introduction of Redfin to Tantangara could have significant consequences for the Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and Brown trout (Salmo trutta) fishery of Tantangara. Members of the fishing community have confirmed this distribution of Redfin and fishing advocacy groups have expressed concerns about the potential for transfer of Redfin as a result of the proposed development and consequent impact on the trout fishery and the impact on the local and regional economy that would arise from that. There are potential options for preventing the entrainment of Redfin into the proposed pipeline. Those with the most promise include physical screens, barrier nets and electrical barriers. The feasibility of © Snowy Hydro Limited 2017 Page 16 of 18 Snowy 2.0 Study Report – Chapter Seventeen – Environment, permits and approvals Commercial-in-Confidence these options will need to be considered in relation to their capability of preventing or minimising the movement of all life stages of Redfin during the EIS stage. Further investigations are planned to confirm the likelihood of Redfin survival through the proposed Project development including experimental studies to test the survival of all age classes of Redfin to the rates of pressure and shear stress that are likely to be generated during operation of the power/pump station. These will commence once the design of the Project has been finalised and the detailed hydraulic modelling of the Project has been completed.