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Coming Events

Wed 28th Feb – Claude will be leading fly tying with variants of the Royal Humpy. Usual start time of 7:30 at Raiders Weston Club

Wed 14th Mar – meeting at usual time of 7:30 at Raiders Weston Club.  Speaker to be advised.

Fri 16th to Sun 18th Mar – JQ taking us to Tom Groggin. More via email. 

Wed 28th Mar – Fly tying to be advised. Usual start time of 7:30 at Raiders Weston Club 

Draft ACT Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy and Action Plans

Draft ACT Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy and Action Plans have been issued and comments are sought by 11 March.
It is 249 pages long! Many thanks to our cousins over at Canberra Fishing Club (specifically Anthony Heiser) who have produced a short article and 19 page summary on their website at
The Strategy outlines how the ACT Government proposes to conserve and manage ACT’s waterways including action plans for seven threatened aquatic species:
• Two-spined Blackfish
• Macquarie Perch
• Murray River Crayfish
• Silver Perch
• Trout Cod
• Murrumbidgee Bossiaea
• Tuggeranong Lignum

February 2018 Burley Line (Newsletter issue 129)

Hope everyone had an excellent and safe festive season.

Feb 2018 is again a bumper issue.  I had thought the quiet period over Christmas/New Year might lead to a lack of material, but reports on club activities late in the year, interesting news from MAS and other angling bodies plus much-appreciated contributions from CAA members means that there’s a lot of good reading here.  Lots of good news stories about fish landed, but also (sadly) the impending winding up of CRFA.  So much good work especially in the area of habitat restoral, but unfortunately insufficient capability to continue in this vein.  Hopefully interclub communications will be sustained in its absence.


Comments Sought – Victorian Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan

Their draft Freshwater Fisheries Management Plan is now out for public comment!

The plan promotes a statewide approach to building better freshwater fisheries and celebrates record fish stockings, partnerships for improving fish habitat and an actively engaged recreational fishing community.

It brings all fish, water and land management elements together for 14 of our most popular recreational fish species such as trout, redfin, Murray cod, golden perch and bass.

The plan is a collaboration between fishers, Traditional Owners and stakeholders to:
· Improve fish habitat to help boost fish populations naturally
· Use recreational angler catch and effort data to help track the performance of fisheries
· Accelerate the recovery of threatened species, including Macquarie perch
· Expand the breeding and stocking program of native fish
· Create the next generation of responsible anglers
· Promote our best recreational fisheries as tourism destinations.

The plan complements our record $46 million investment into Target One Million, which includes $9 million from fishing licence fees, to get one million Victorians fishing by 2020.

To view the plan and make a submission by 22 March 2018, visit:

Fly Tying – 28 Feb 2018 – Royal Humpy

Claude has stepped up to instruct on his variants of the Royal Humpy style fly.

Claude has recently tied and tried a couple of versions of the Royal Humpy dry fly on one of Canberra’s local rivers. It proved successful for him and one of his fishing mates…who was considerably more skilled and consequently successful. A number of the fish were caught during blind casts rather than to rises. His mate has caught fish using it on a couple of occasions so hopefully the fish catchability of the fly was not a fluke!

The interweb tells us: “the Humpy trout fly comes in a range of patterns and colours: green, peacock, red and yellow. It represents a beetle or large flying insect and is a good all-purpose fly to prospect waters with. It is a useful indicator fly in the larger sizes. They are great summer time dry flies and produce fish consistently.”

Another site advised: “if you fish mountain streams that are bordered by forest, the trout will be used to seeing a multitude of terrestrial insects that continually rain from the trees.  Ants, beetles and bees are often the staple trout foods in this situation.  The Humpy is a great searching pattern.”

The traditional humpy, deer/elk hair and red thread takes Claude about 20-30 minutes to tie (he’s still a bit slow) so it may be a bit long to tie on one of our nights. The foam back, red dubbing body and aero wing  (below) takes about 5-10 minutes less. The royal humpy can be tied in a variety of body colours using dubbing or thread.


  • Hook: 10-16 Dry Fly Hook (longer shank unless you’re a super tier) – I prefer 12 or 14
  • Thread: Uni 6/0 or 8/0 Black Thread.
  • Tail: Elk, Deer or Moose (hopefully one that doesn’t flare too much).
  • Wing: White Calf Tail or Aero Wing (I use pink AW just because that’s what I have).
  • Shell Back: Traditional (Elk hair), Foam – Brown foam. I have seen one website that recommends thin Computer Packing Foam.
  • Thorax: Numerous options: Traditional – Red Floss, Alternatives –Red Hares Ear, yellow, or any other bright coloured dubbings,  Peacock Hurl, wool.
  • Hackle: Brown Hackle Feathers.

Fly Fish Australia Raffle

Australia has been chosen to host the World Fly Fishing Championships in December 2019.  Fly Fish Australia has started organising the event which will be  based in Launceston.  In order to raise funds Fly Fish Australia is running a raffle with three fantastic fly fishing prizes:

  • 1st Prize Three night’s accommodation at Driftwater Lodge in Tasmania’s Meander Valley, two day’s guided fly fishing, all meals, pre-dinner drinks and a bottle of Tasmanian wine each day.  Value $3,0008
  • 2nd Prize Two night’s accommodation at Thousand Lakes Lodge including all meals. Value $850
  • 3rd Prize $600 gift voucher to spend on fly fishing gear at The Essential Fly Fisher in Launceston

Raffle tickets are $10 each and will be on sale until 31 March 2018.  Only 2,000 tickets will ‎be on sale and can be purchased at

One way or another, a number of CAA members will be at the 2019 World Championships.  Please support this fund raiser to help make the championship a success.

Wow … and check out their promotional video – excellent introduction to Tasmania as a ‘trout in fly’ destination

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 2.2o 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.

Gaden Hatchery Quarterly Report

We had earlier posted much of this information but now here is the official report.

Gaden Trout Hatchery Report June-oct 2017

For those unaware, Gaden Hatchery is generally the single source for DPI and MAS stocking of trout in this region.  The situation last year was pretty parlous with few fishing running up from Lake Jindabyne.  Gaden used to provide monthly reports, but to reduce administrative workload, they are now less frequent.  The latest report passed to us by Steve Samuels is very positive.  Not only were the runs, especially the browns, larger (Gaden was able to remove the fish trap much earlier allowing fish to run up the river and spawn naturally), but the number of stocked fish detected was very low meaning the ‘naturally bred’ fish were very much in the preponderance.  The inclusion of Eucumbene fish into the Gaden stock sounds like a good idea for genetic diversity.  Keep your eye out for the tagged ex-brood stock fish in Jindabyne.

All unwanted 2+ 3+ rainbow  trout broodstock (230 individuals) have been released into Lake Jindabyne with an elastomer implant (pink) inserted near the left eye.