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Coming Events

Next Meeting:

Wed 11th Sep – 7:30PM at Raiders Weston Club. Speaker to be advised.

Next Events:

Wed 28th Aug – The topic of the use and how to make dubbing brushes has had to be postponed. Claude has selected a fly and more info will come out soon.

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.

Sunday 27th Oct – CAA are helping Men’s Link with fishing activity on LBG – we’ll be providing some angling expertise to assist the Men’s Link adults with mentoring youth proteges. More info from John or Rod.

Saturday 16th NovWaterbugblitz on the Cotter.

CAA Joins the National Waterbug Blitz

You may remember our news post about the National Waterbug Blitz and that Jaime was negotiating for CAA to join in.

He tells us we’re in. We’ll be partnering with a local Waterwatch group who have experience in the conduct of the survey.

Pencil in Sat 16 Nov. We’ll be getting access through the Tidbinbilla Road gate for easy access to the survey site around Vanity’s Crossing. More info from Jaime soon.

Meantime read about this national program here:

2019-08-12 Media Release – National Waterbug Blitz Launch

Joint Statement MAS and Snowy Hydro for Snowy Hydro 2.0

We’ve just received this from Steve Samuels and the MAS.

After discussing with Steve can I dismiss one misconception, it was said to me that the grown out fish would not be permitted to be stocked into Tantangara due to National Par rules on introduced species. 1. Trout are already stocked in KNP eg the Thredbo, besides which 2. Tantangara lake is owned by Snowy Hydro. I should also add that MAS are quite confident that engineering efforts to develop barriers to redfin escaping down the Bidgee or through the Portal will be successful.

You will be aware that the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project poses a threat to Tantangara Dam with the possibility that redfin will be pumped into it from Talbingo Dam. The Monaro Acclimatisation Society (MAS) began negotiations over this with Snowy Hydro the day the project was announced by former PM, Malcolm Turnbull.

The MAS has taken a pragmatic view on this issue. We knew that it would be impossible to stop the project due the high level of commitment from the Federal and State Governments. Instead we started negotiating with Snowy Hydro to see if we could formulate a recreational fishing offset that could be implemented to protect Tantangara if redfin did get in.

Our experience in NSW is that wherever redfin have invaded a trout fishery, the trout (especially the rainbow trout) fail to thrive. The redfin prey on the naturally spawned young as well as the small fingerlings we stock.

We are aware that in Victoria, the preference there is to stock larger trout in redfin affected waters and this has had good success. However, in NSW we are very limited in the number of larger trout we can grow out for stocking. Both our hatcheries are not capable of producing the large number required if we were to make an impact on redfin.

The MAS has presented the idea of building a trout grow-out facility which would consist of grow-out cages to get the trout from 50mm to about 200mm. These bigger trout would be used to stock Tantangara if redfin got in there, but in the meantime they could be used to stock other Snowy waters that have redfin such as Khancoban Dam, or they could be used to bolster our stocking of other Snowy waters.

The attached Joint Statement outlines our agreement with Snowy Hydro to work towards a recreational fishing offset that will compensate anglers for the threat to Tantangara Dam.

At this time the agreement is to investigate the possibilities, but the MAS is committed to providing the best outcome possible to maintain Tantangara as a trout fishery of significance and the MAS will be developing a plan to put forward to Snowy Hydro and other stakeholders such as NSW Fisheries, local communities and the Council.

The MAS will keep anglers advised of our negotiations and updates will be posted on our website.

For further information please contact MAS or Burley Line via the CAA website

Media release – Working with fishing community

August 2019 Burley Line (Newsletter Issue 146)

oops, third time lucky.  Peter also spotted that in “Coming Events” I had the wrong date for the meeting and somehow “Bondi Forest Lodge” appeared in the heading.  (Second attempt had the wrong edition 🙂

A slightly smaller edition, but particular thanks go to John (for a report on our recent Saltwater event) and Andrew sharing his observations of a trip to UK – with success angling.

After Luke produced the new look for the newsletter (hope you like it), he and I have been discussing the general content.  We are looking for some feedback please.  Specifically:

  • Are there any specific topics or items you’d like to see included in The Burley Line?
  • Are there any existing topics or items you’d like to see removed from The Burley Line?

Meanwhile, two items have come up within the Council of Freshwater Anglers.  CFA are looking for copies of historical angler’s diaries to support Uni Syd study into recreational fishing challenges.  We’ll be formally approached in due course, but members with diaries are asked to consider whether they might be prepared to participate.  There is a serious concern about Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council ceasing it’s operation due to not processing wholesale replacement of its members.  Without this council, the trust funds holding our NSW licence fees cannot be properly managed.  All holder of the NSW licence ought to be concerned that the angling community have lost their voice in the management of what is arguably our money – watch this space.


Volunteers needed for Platypus surveys in the ACT region

Late winter is the ideal time for spotting platypus as they spend more time feeding and the males are out and about preparing for the breeding season. Waterwatch is running 22 group surveys throughout August to help learn more about platypus populations on selected rivers in the ACT region. And we need your help!

No experience necessary. Surveys will be held on the following dates/times:

Please bring binoculars (optional), watch/phone, warm clothes & wear sturdy shoes.

RSVP essential. Please contact Woo O’Reilly on 02) 6207 2246 or

Citizen Science Supporting the Trout Strategy

Further to our recent post on trials of larger trout being stocked. I’ve received the following advice from DPI:

DPI Fisheries is releasing larger Rainbow Trout into selected waters to combat the negative effects of Redfin predation. We are requesting all information from recaptured tagged fish to be submitted via our online recapture form at This information helps determine growth rates and the sufficient size class capable of avoiding Redfin predation.

Here is a flyer with more information including the reward.

To see a full list of stocking sites in NSW, our interactive map can be accessed at:

Simply click on any of the green (River) or red (Impoundment) icons and the historical stocking data for each species will be displayed on a graph.

The waters where the tagged trout have been released are currently:

Khancoban Pondage
Oberon Dam
Lake Wallace (Wallerawang not Nimmitabel)
Lake Lyell
Carcoar Dam
Fish River
Duckmaloi River