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.
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.
The Jamieson trip was a great success by all accounts. Thanks to Rob bailey for his extremely professional trip information. Rob is also trip captain for Talbingo, at Russ Davies’ property, ‘Kinder Cottage’. Please watch out for information coming at our general meeting this Wednesday.
Committee members had a meeting with Kerry May from Council re our ‘Pit’ proposal. The outcome is that it becomes a trout fishing facility under management between Council and Fisheries NSW. This becomes virtually what we set out to achieve, without the overall responsibility. I hope we may have Alistair McBurnie and/or Cam Westerway from DPI at our meeting on Wednesday. If possible, they can fill us in with details or their talk with council.
Jim Baumgurtel (Fly Finz) will be at our club rooms on Friday May 11th, to show case all his goodies. Bring along your saved up pocket money. We intend to have a BBQ before hand and if you would like, please let me know if you would like an early start in the afternoon daylight to try & test out any of his rods. A comprehensive list of products can be searched on his web site, “flyfinz catalogue”. Jim’s prices are very competitive and his service and knowledge is vast. A great opportunity to pick up some new gear.
Our Introduction to fly Fishing Course is over and was very successful. The weather was extremely testing, but I am sure those who took part enjoyed themselves. I sincerely thank John Hawkins, as education officer for his organisation and presentation skills. I also thank the many members who showed up during the theory nights and the weekend. To Pete & Rob, whose casting expertise ensured the success of the course, I give thanks.
A fly-fishing trip has been gazetted for later this month, March 24 & 25,. Please consider becoming a Trip Captain to organise this event. I have a prepared template to assist. This can be a day or a weekend event, staying at the picturesque caravan/camping site at Colac Colac.
This is an important side of our activities to engender enthusiasm and interest. To run an event is very easy and a great way to meet on the river with like-minded fishers to have fun and learn other aspects of fly-fishing.
The event will be cancelled if not enough interest is shown, Please consider!
At the meeting of March 7th, we will hear from Rob Bailey who will talk about the origins and history of Nymph Fishing, European method. An exciting talk given by one of our own members! Club will be open from 6:00pm on Wednesday for casting on the oval or adjacent area with sausage in bread ($2.00).
There are a few members who have not paid their subscriptions for 2017/18. Please check for the colour of your name in the Tippet Topics. Those in black are still outstanding!
Happy New Year to all!
It is with delight that I welcome Rob Bailey to our committee. Rob will bring a new level of expertise in the form of casting assistance and event ideas for club activities.
Albury Council has replied to our proposal for a casting, catch & release pond. The committee has formulated a response to their requests for further information and clarity on a couple of issues and now we wait for council to consider.
The heat has been taxing and river temperatures & flows have altered which means catches have been difficult. We can all hopefully look forward to a better year in 2018.
By the time you read this, you should have received a copy of a draft calendar of events for 2018. Please study and submit any ideas or improvements that you would like to include and consider being a trip organiser for any of the many fishing trips on offer. A template of information is available to be filled-in for any of the trips indicated.
February will be a busy month with the “Introduction to Fly Fishing Course” beginning Tuesday 20th, and Thursday 22nd. The weekend of 24th & 25th will be at Bowler Lane, camping at the Mitta Mitta River. Volunteer helpers are required to make this event a success. We have about 8 applicants so far which makes for a positive outcome for our club.
It has been proposed to hold casting skill and competition events on the oval during daylight saving times, before the general meeting nights. This is to help in-crease accuracy and precise landing of the fly. Come along and enjoy the activity.