Welcome to April the year seems to be flying, soon we will be talking about spawning runs and closed seasons. The club trip to Mitta Mitta was very well attended with 13 members camping or day tripping, the weather was fantastic and the fishing was OK you just had to put a bit of work to get a fish. Nymphing was the best method and as for dry well the Mitta did it again with a great hatch on Friday night but no fish rising to them.
Just a reminder daylight saving finishes on April 7th so there will be no BBQ’s before meetings until it starts again in October there for Wednesday will be your last opportunity to come along and have a cast on the oval before the meeting starts and those gourmet sausages roll out about 6.30pm.
Our guest speaker for next month (May) will be Pablo Pessacq, he is here working at La Trobe university until May and is a fly fishing guide in Patagonia, entomologist and keen fly fisherman, he has kindly offered to talk the club and inspire a trip to Argentina – Patagonia (how do I get a leave pass from the boss?) Pablo called in to the club on Friday night and was welcomed by members, he stayed for Rob’s Fly tying lesson and swapped some interesting facts on flies and tactics so his talk next month should be an interesting one.
The club has a trip planned for Pretty Valley and Rocky Valley on the 6th and 7th April so there will be more information at the meeting and taking of names, the next trip will be Eucumbene in May around the 10th.
Look forward to seeing you
Well March is here and still no sign of a break in this hot weather, in fact the weather made us change our annual fly-fishing course run last weekend. A quick drive the week before found the Mitta still running dangerously high for beginners, and most of the other streams around Albury Wodonga very low. Corryong was decided as the location and a big thanks must go to Rob Bailey for running the course -he did a great job passing on his knowledge and skill to the students, plus the top line chefs for the weekend, Nick, Ike and Jeremy plus all the other members who put in a huge effort to make the course work.
Council is pushing ahead with the development of Greenfield Park as per the plans shown to the club months ago, the netball courts and new carparks are being done now, so we will try and keep on top of any actions that may affect the clubrooms and let you know.
Don’t forget the BBQ starts at 6pm on Wednesday night and casting practice on the oval, if you are having any problems with casting, set ups or the like this is a great time to sort out your problems.
The club saltwater trip is not moving that well so we may move it to a lake like Eildon, we will discuss it at the next meeting, while on the next meeting Les P will be give a talk on his experiences in USA so I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Welcome back for a new year, as you know we have had weeks with the temperature around 40°C or higher which it makes it a hard to choose between going fishing or sit under the air conditioner and the higher temperatures have seen fish kills in Western rivers.
It is pleasing to report good numbers turning up for the Friday night get together and I hope it will be the same for the first club activity planned for the February meeting. The activity will be a Back to Basic fly casting night run by Rob B, this will be a great opportunity to refresh and re-start your casting. We all cast a line but this simple training could identify some of those little bad habits that have crept into our casting over the years. Club-rooms will be opened around 6pm.
Rob is also in final stages of the new fly tying course due to start on Sunday 16th June, the day will start around 9am and finishing with a BBQ lunch, more details as we get closer to the dates.
The fly course is not looking good, if you know of anyone interested in doing the course please get them to contact Stafford ASAP or we will need to cancel for this year.
On a sad note, our thoughts are with all the people in and around Miena, Tasmania, the bush fires have been making their lives pretty tough and we hope they all get through this dangerous time.
Just a quick reminder for all the members who have not paid their memberships they are well and truly overdue.
For those who ordered new Club shirts and caps will be available at the club-rooms on Wednesday night, there are a few spares for members who missed the order so first in.
Christmas is just around the corner, so it is time for our Christmas drinks and nibble at the club-rooms, we will kick off around 6:00pm, food is free so please come along and enjoy one or two drinks and a great time. An added bonus is that when Hooky and myself where in New Zealand we found an international author wanting to somewhere to launch his latest fishing book, so we offered the Greenwell’s Christmas function and I am pleased to announce that there will be the world launch of his fantastic book during our Christmas function with all the fanfare that goes with such a special occasion.
Membership, please if you have not paid you membership as yet please do so as you are four months overdue, our fees are very small compared to other clubs so please make the Treasurers job a bit easier and pay so he is not chasing you up.
You have one last chance to order club shirts and peak caps, Des Walters has the order form just pay as you order or direct debit as we intend on fixing the order by the end of December.
Be warned we are going to be selling some of the 100’s of magazines in the library over the next few months, if you have missing numbers in any of your collections now would be the time to get a list of the missing ones there will be a lot of reading at very cheap prices what’s left will more than likely on of eBay or the like.
Just a quick reminder there is no official meeting in January but members will be here at 6:00pm, just bring your own BBQ meat etc.
Apologies for last month’s meeting activity confusion (someone mainly me) forgot to check the exact date day light saving started plus it was raining, so you now have another chance to bring your rod along at 6pm on Wednesday to try different weight lines on your rod. You will be surprised to see how up sizing or sometimes downsizing will change your rods action and it could save you money if you are think of changing your rod because it doesn’t seem to cast well or it could also be you need a bit of practice so Wednesday night is for you.
The club will have an order form on Wednesday night for club shirts and caps, remember to bring some money along to place your order shirts will be $35 and Caps $15
Bryan Clyde and myself ventured off to the Wangaratta Fly Fishing Club Annual Dinner on the 26th October. We had a very pleasant night with good company and of course we walked away with some good prizes from their raffle table, it is a very good night so next year I hope some more members will make the effort to come along and support our fellow club.
By the November meeting Les Perkins should be back from the USA and have some nice stories to tell of his trip and fishing efforts.
Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday night.
At the September meeting we had our first in house club garage sale which proved to be a success many items changed hands and there were plenty of bargains on sale, it was a great way to move some of those unwanted items everyone has in their fishing cave on to new homes.
The committee finalised the club calendars which will be on display at the next meeting so make sure you have your diary on hand to record those important dates.
By now the New South Wales season should be open and I guess you will all be out wetting a line, while on the topic of lines at the next meeting which will be a BBQ starting at 6:00pm and the daylight saving activity will be up sizing or down sizing your fly line to see how it effects your rod. Please bring your rod along so you can try the different lines that will be on hand, it will be a cheap way to see how your rod performs with different line weights you may find that your rod is a different beast just by changing the line. The committee is planning more of formal casting events before our summer meetings so please support the instructors and make the effort to bring your gear along and have a practice.
I also ask that any member thinking of an activity that the club may be interested in mention it to a committee member so we can look at making it an club activity.
The Victorian trout session started on the weekend and I hope everyone got the chance to get out and go for a fish, I think the best fishing could be before Christmas but let’s see what the season bring.
The club held its AGM last month and as a result there where some small changes to the committee, can I thank the outgoing committee members Bob Melville and Robert Chick for their fantastic work over the years, new committee member Les Perkins has taken on the role of Librarian and there has been a few changes to existing positions so refer to the committee index in Tippet Topics for the new roles.
August was a big month for the club with our AGM and our annual dinner, the dinner saw a different approach from years gone by in that we moved from a formal restaurant meal to a self-catered dinner at our club-rooms.
The dinner went well and the raffle table was another outstanding success, as a club we thank all the donations from our sponsors in and around Albury and Melbourne.
The club will be holding its first in house garage sale at the next meeting so I remind members to bring those unwanted fishing items for sale and please be at the club by 7pm to display your goods.
I also remind members to have a think about possible club trips and locations for the next meeting so we can formalise the club calendar for 2018-2019.
Our Annual General Meeting is this month, Wednesday August 1st. This will be your opportunity to elect, or be elected to, the committee for the coming year.
Also, August 18th is our annual dinner with partners/family. This event incorporates our major raffle with a vast assortment of great prizes on offer. Please make a selection from the menu, (located in this months Newsletter), and let Des Walters know after payment. Your participation is required for the success and enjoyment within our club. The moderate cost of $30.00 per person is testament to the value that the committee has on keeping interest and fellowship alive to encourage all members to participate in club activities.
During the year we finally achieved an outcome on our proposal to council for trout water at Wonga Wetlands Gravel Pit. The extent of success will be known in the next year or two.
The Introduction to fly-fishing course was a huge success, with several new members joining our club. Thanks to those who helped make this possible.
Many to thanks all committee members for their valuable assistance during the last year.
Update on our ‘Pit Proposal’. It looks like we have achieved most of what we applied for. Alistair McBurnie from DPI continues to liaise with council in regard to the ‘Pit’. We will probably become involved to assist Fisheries NSW with the monitoring fish size and numbers. This is a great outcome and a wonderful result for our club. DPI have also requested that they be able to use our name (Logo) when applying for funding for the expansion of the car-park.
Next month, the 1st August is our Annual General Meeting. All positions of the committee will become vacant, and elections for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee members will take place. Please consider standing for election.
The Annual dinner on August 18th will be at the club rooms at a cost of $30.00 per person.
As we missed out on the Casserole dinner in June, I suggest we make it July 21st . Please let someone on the committee know. This will be at $10.00 per person, with a discount if you supply a casserole or desert.
Ben Nieuwerth has a large amount of fly tying gear to offer to the club and members. Ben will bring it along on Wednesday night, the club to have first claim and then the remainder to be fairly offered to members.
An email from Albury City Council was received last week as a final sign-off to our submission for a trout pond at the gravel pit. It turns out to be nearly everything we proposed for with out any responsibility. The area will become a public facility for non-bait fishing with barbless hooks and no access for any watercraft, and no entry into the water. Thanks to Alistair McBurnie and the DPI who explained to council what we were suggesting as a use for the pit.
Many thanks to Russ Davies for his kind donation of Kinder Cottage. Also, thanks to Rob Bailey for the trip information to Talbingo.
I would like to acknowledge the generous donation of a 6X3 gazebo from Bob Melville. This will be a great asset to our equipment.
The meeting on Wednesday 6th June will be an educational talk on leaders and everything you wanted to know about them. The topic will cover dry, wet, sinking, floating leaders and how to tie them for all occasions.
From June 12, designated rivers and streams in NSW, the season is closed for catching trout. This heralds the start of fly tying in our club-rooms. As techniques improve, so does the need for new flies evolve. Come along on Friday nights and learn from expert tyers whilst experiencing great social interaction and fellowship.