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NSW DPI Fisheries – Angler Access Website

Readers of Newsletter Burley Line would be aware that NSWCFA has been working with NSW DPI Fisheries to improve the DPI Angler Access website. DPI has just formally (re)launched the site.

We’d encourage readers to have a look. NSWCFA have asked that some kind of feedback process be available – I don’t see it yet, but feel free to send any you have to Bill.

There is a nifty way to download a portion of the map as a ‘georeferenced’ pdf. You can then view this file in an app like Avenza Maps to see where you are GPS located in relation to the access point marker. Bill might even be able remember how it is done. 😀

Coming Events

Next Meeting

Wed 8th June 2022. Speaker to be advised. I would expect it will be face-to-face at Raiders and on Zoom starting 7:30PM. Details will be sent by email. Trophy holders please get them to John or bring to the June meeting.

Next Activities:

Wed 22nd Jun. Fly Tying via Zoom. Details will be sent via email.

No more fishing events this season. The Committee have sought members’ suggestions for 2022-2023 season.

News on our casting days and Saltwater Trophy events postponed due to COVID, will be advised in due course.

June 2022 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 179)

Reports here from our recent trip to Tumut – many thanks John for organising. Disparate reports here also from a very wet Lyle Knowles.

Jason M has headed north on long service leave, but managed to depart with one article submitted, plus a much appreciated effort organising enamel badges. Thanks Peter for spotting an interesting podcast and to Al McH (recently departed for points south of the border) for two reports – he has promised to keep us apprised of activities in Victoria, and also to possibly lead a CAA trip south. I’ve also included some fishing regulatory items.

The July meeting fast approaches where the ‘little green book’ closes and registration of catches for trophy consideration ceases. Those who were successful in earning a trophy last season have been asked to return the perpetual trophy. With Lyall away for a while, John is filling in. See him at the June (and July) meeting. Those who think they are in contention (probably not me this year) might think about, if they should win, whether they would wish to receive the small replica trophy presented for keeping. I chose not to last year (the mini-trophies are not inexpensive, and also present a dusting task back at home).

Have you got some stuff to share with other members via Burley Line? Not looking for War and Peace folks, just a couple of paragraphs and hopefully some pictures. If you are up for it, can you email to me before 23 June please? (The burley-line email address link is on our webpage

Reminder also that the committee are looking for your ideas for events … bring your suggestions forward so that the program better reflects what you want to happen. Even better if you volunteer to co-ordinate it, the task is not onerous – see this guidance. As Claude said, one big bonus for you is that you’d be able to set the date.

The Flyfisher’s Podcast

Our President is an avid podcast listener. He’s suggested that this series from The Flyfisher team is worthy of a look. According to their note “What we have in the pipeline is informative chats with some big-name characters that we can’t wait to air. If you’re Aussie and you flyfish, you’re going to love this commentary”.

The podcasts are being offered via a number of channels. Their website is only showing Episode 1 but perhaps it will become their main gateway.

I have included this in our “useful links” page.

CAA Affiliates with the NSW branch of the Australian National Sportfishing Association (ANSA NSW)

As has been discussed and forecast at CAA meetings, the club has affiliated with ANSA NSW. This brings a number of benefits including access to a group Public Liability Insurance and another voice in respect to recreational fishing. While the club as an organisation is affiliated, ANSA offers the opportunity for our members to also join as individuals the association (for a nominal fee) with benefits such as personal accident insurance and being able to register for the ANSA record book. More will be explained in a forthcoming Newsletter (and also on our website in due course).

Learn more about ANSA here.

Access to river banks

There is much myth and misconception about the legalities of angler access to river banks.

I was recently sent this link to a very interesting discussion on the law. The photos and drawing examples are very informative. Will put it onto CAA website in due course for continued visibility.

Fly Tying 24 Nov 2021 – Royal Wulf variant – Effective on the Cotter

Claude hosted on Wednesday 24 November demonstrating a Royal Wulff Variant.



Claude was particularly keen to tie some Royal Wulffs after seeing one of our new club members, Al, catch double digit (numbers of) rainbows on one Royal Wulff fly on a recent Cotter River outing. Not having time to go down the fancy white calf tail route (if you can find it) and wanting to do some quick ties, Claude decided to experiment with a not so complicated “Royal Like Wulff’ dry fly pattern, not using any calf tail or hackle and just going for a Elk Hair wing…and while he was there….he wondered if not having a tail matters? He tied a number of versions that were tested the following weekend. Well it was successful…with fish being caught on multiple variants – EH tail, Crystal flash tail, and no tail….the fish were not monsters but still fun to catch.




Dry fly hook of size that you feel comfortable tying

Dark thread – 8

Peacock herl or dub

Red thread, dub or floss

Elk Hair

The three flies tied by Claude on the night. (Ed: I’m ashamed to say mine are very poor and not available for viewing by the public )