Category Archives: President’s Report

President’s Report: June 2017

I wish it was under better circumstances that I am writing this report, unfortunately our President elect Russel has injured himself and will be out of action for a little while. On behalf of all the Greenwell’s members and all the local fly fishing clubs wish him a speedy recovery.

A group of members venture up to Talbingo on the 19th to the 22nd of May, Friday was fine and the trip to Denison found 30 cars in the carpark however the water was low and slow. Some fish had pushed up into the River but Friday night is when we saw a big drop of rain and the river became dirty but the fish started their annual run. By all reports there were 60 cars in the park on Saturday and 4 out of 5 fishermen where spin fishermen (interesting) bring back Fly Fishing Only that will take the pressure off the river?

Fly tying will start on the first Friday night after the closing weekend, now is the time to dust off your fly tying equipment so you are ready for another interesting session of tying with Les Hawkins. At the June meeting we will see what interest there is from all our new members and as in previous years the club will buy the materials to get you started.

The club is planning a trip to Khancoban on the 10th and 11th June, more information and names will be taken at the June meeting, this will be the Broken SAGE trophy week-end for teams.

Looking forward to seeing you in front of the log fire.

John Hawkins
Vice President

President’s Report: May 2017

Thanks to John Hawkins and the committee, for putting together a calendar of events for the next 6 months. A copy is available for all, and the white board will have provision for names to placed on it.

Our Pit proposal has been adjusted to reflect the information given by Alistair McBernie at last month’s meeting. We are waiting on letters of support from various persons and businesses to assist our submission to council. It looks promising from an interview with a council representative.

This month is the beginning of the spawning run for trout in the Eucumbene River and should be exciting, as the recent rains have helped to increase activity of the trout. Trout season closes on the June long weekend.

Russell Hook

President’s Report: April 2017

The “Pit” proposal is progressing slowly, due to other projects.

The recent Czech Nymphing course has concluded very successfully. The week-end on the Snowy creek was well attended with nearly all catching (or just missing) at least one fish. The educational value was profound, with the prepared information sheets a great reference source. Sincere appreciation to Des Walters for his enthusiastic presentation, knowledge and assistance. Thanks Des.

Another reminder of our combined competition trip against Wang Fly Fishing Club to be held in May 19th to 21st at Talbingo.

Russell Hook

Presidents Report: Jan/February 2017

Welcome to 2017.
Hope all members and family had a great Christmas celebration and I wish everyone a safe and happy new year.

Our meeting this month will have a presentation on a proposal for consideration. I look forward to a large attendance on 1st February. Remember that as daylight saving is still with us, we will have a BBQ and casting practice as usual before the meeting. This will begin about 6:15 to 6:30pm.

Whilst the weather has been rather hot, the northeast streams have been fishing quite well, particularly the Snowy and Lightning creeks. The Mitta has been OK but rather cloudy.

I would like to remind members of our Fly course beginning Fri-day, February 17th at 7:00pm, continuing Wednesday 22nd at 6:00pm and the weekend on Feb. 25th & 26th on the Mitta Mitta river at Boulder Lane. Please indicate your intention to assist at this month’s meeting when asked.

Russell Hook

President’s Report: August 2016

Initially I would like to thank Des and John for presiding over the July meetings and keeping the wheels turning during my absence. I would also like to acknowledge Stafford’s efforts in doing most of the organisation for our Annual Dinner.

In July we have been continuing with our usual win-ter Friday night fly tying sessions. It is great to see the numbers attending the beginners fly tying course being run by Les Hawkins and Steve McGrath. They all seem to be very keen and having an enjoyable time, thanks to the excellent guidance from our tutors. It is also great to see other members taking advantage of this time to catch up and chat, even though they are not participating in the fly tying.

We have our AGM coming up on the 3rd August, so I encourage all members to attend to ensure that we have a quorum and to enjoy the spread being prepared by Chicky.

Our Annual Dinner for this year is to be held on Sat-urday 20th August at the Cactus Cantina, Siesta Quality Resort, Wagga Road, Lavington. This is the Club’s prem-ier social event of the year with the presentation of awards, great food and a raffle that is one of the Club’s major fund raisers. As previously advised our guest speaker should be Ross Brown from Brown Brothers Win-ery, who will give a presentation on his fly fishing experiences around the world. I encourage all members and partners to attend to make this a fantastic and successful night.

Coming up in September we look forward to the beginning of another fishing season with the opening of the Victorian Trout Season on the 3rd.

Firm Strikes
Jeff Baldock

President’s Report: July 2016

Firstly, I apologise for my absence at the July meetings as I will be away enjoying my grand-parent duties. I have two granddaughters’ first birthdays, one in late June and the other in early July and another granddaughter’s third birthday in mid July. I have left Des in charge to chair the meetings in my absence, as John will also be away.

We have been having a good roll-up at our Friday night fly tying sessions with some new members participating in the beginning fly tying course conducted by Les Hawking, some -replenishing their fly boxes, whilst others are enjoying the cosy atmosphere and catching up on the latest gossip. The starting time for these fly tying sessions is 7:00pm and they will continue throughout July and into early August.

We had a very successful Casserole Night on Saturday 18 June with 24 members and partners attending. My thanks go to all the cooks for supplying the very tasty casseroles, Bryan and Des for the bread and sweets, Hooky for the brain teaser, Hawky for his Christmas Island presentation and all who attended to help make it a most enjoyable night.

At the July meeting there will be a presentation by Bob Norris on his and John’s recent exciting trip to fish for bonefish at Christ-mas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Although their days were long the fishing was very rewarding with many bonefish and other various species being caught.

Coming up in August we have our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 3 August at the Clubrooms commencing at 7.30pm. Please consider submit-ting nominations for executive and committee positions so the Club continues to progress suc-cessfully.

Also in August, we have our Annual Din-ner on Saturday 20th. The venue is the same as last year, the Cactus Cantina at the Fiesta Resort in Lavington. Our guest speaker is Ross Brown from Brown Brothers Winery. Ross’s wife Judy will also be attending the dinner with Ross, as both are keen fly fishers.

I hope you all are enjoying the winter season and I look forward to hearing of all your fish-ing exploits at the July meeting.

Firm Strikes
Jeff Baldock

President’s Report

At the end of April we had our Broken Sage competition at Khancoban. Nine members made up the three teams that contested for the Broken Sage Trophy.

Congratulations to the Hearts team made up by Des Walters, Jeremy Conlan and Nick Maguire for their winning catch of two trout, both caught by Des at Geehi. The two other teams were equal runners up with one trout each, thanks to Alan Bond and John “Stormy” Tempest. Although not many fish were caught, a great social weekend was had by all with Fri-day night’s dinner at the Golf Club and a BBQ at the house on the Saturday night.

On 28th and 29th May we have our annual combined trip with the Wangaratta Flyfishers to Talbingo. There will be four representatives from Greenwells and 10 from Wangaratta, thus the odds will be against us for bragging rights at the Saturday night BBQ. We expect a full re-port at the June meeting.

On Friday 3 June we have Jim Baumgurtel visiting our club with his fly fishing and fly tying gear. The Flyfinz catalogue and a list of “What’s New” from Jim, has been distributed by Bryan so you can check out what you need before the night. The night will commence at 6.30pm.

Please note that the NSW and VIC Trout Seasons close on 13 June for trout streams although most pondages remain open so it is time to hone your lake fishing skills. It is also a good time to do some fly tying and replenish your fly boxes. Thus Friday night fly tying sessions will com-mence on 17th June.

Coming up on Saturday 18 June we have our annual Casserole Night. This is a family social event, so please invite your wives and partners. The night will commence at 6.30pm and for a cost of $15 per person you get to sample a variety of casseroles and finish off with some special sweets. Make sure you put this date down in your diaries so you don’t miss out on a special night.

I look forward to catch-ing up and hearing all of your fishing exploits at the June GM.

Firm Strikes
Jeff Baldock

Presidents Report: May 2016

President’s Report
Firstly, I would like to thank Luke Pearce for his enjoyable and impressive presentation on the plight of the Southern Pigmy Perch and the Macquarie Perch in NSW inland waters, at our April Meeting. Luke has been studying these threatened native species for NSW Fisheries and re-cording the impact that carp and redfin have had on these fish. Carp by removing native vege-tation and degrading habitat and redfin by their predacious appetite for smaller fishes, includ-ing pigmy perch and young Macs.

Our thanks also to Andrew Summers from Mayfly Tackle for visiting our Clubrooms on Friday 8th. Andrew brought along some fly rods made by Kanak and Innovator with some Scientific Angler fly lines for us to trial whilst there was still sufficient light. He then gave us an in-formative presentation on the features of the fly fishing products distributed by Mayfly Tackle including the Scientific Anglers fly lines, Korkers wading boots and Ross reels. Andrew also do-nated a Scientific Angler fly line to the Club for raffling off at our Beef and Reef night. It was a great night and we should look at inviting Andrew up more regularly or at least annually. On the following Saturday morning I took Andrew fishing up the Mitta River and was joined by Mauro. Andrew then proceeded to impress us with his european style nymphing technique by catching and releasing about ten trout, using one of the Kanak fly rods. Mauro also did well by catching about five trout using the traditional across and down method and I made a showing by catching two. Not bad, about seventeen fish, for a few hours fishing.

On Saturday 9th we had our Beef and Reef social night at the Clubrooms with 24 members/partners attending. The night began with a delicious smoked trout pate and biscuits, thanks to Kay Bennetts. We then had a prawn entree followed by a scrumptious steak, cooked to perfec-tion by Russell Hook, with a garden salad and chatt potatoes as a main course, and finished off with cheesecake for sweets. There was a frustrating brain teasing quiz won by John Hawkins’s table and the main prize in the raffle was won by Ben Nieuwerth. Our thanks go to Bryan Clyde, John Hawkins, Russell Hook and everyone that helped to make it a very enjoyable and entertaining night.

As this is going to print before our Broken Sage trip at Khancoban, I can only comment on what has been planned and look forward to hearing all the results at the May meeting. Currently, we have nine names down for the competition with seven staying in the house at Khancoban. From recent reports it should be a great weekend with excellent fishing in the lake and in the Swampy at Geehi.

Coming up we have a Combined Trip with the Wangaratta Fly fishers to Talbingo on the week-end of the 28th and 29th May. Accommodation will be at the Kinder Cottage at a cost of $20 per person per night. This is generally a great trip and gives us an opportunity to catch up and share our fishing with the Wangaratta club. Although there is no competition, there will be bragging rights at the BBQ on Saturday night. Please ensure your names are up on the board at the meeting to make sure you do not miss-out.

I look forward to catching up, and hearing all of your fishing exploits at the May GM.

Firm Strikes
Jeff Baldock

President’s Report: March 2016

Firstly, I would like to thank John Hawkins for running last month’s meeting during my absence. Thanks also to Des Walters for his presentation on Czech nymphing, from all reports it was well received with plenty of interest from the members.

Andrew Briggs from the NECMA was also at the meeting and provided a presentation and update on the Little Snowy Creek Rehabilitation Project. We are currently arranging a site visit with Andrew to select a reach for the Club to adopt for further improvement.

The reason for my absence from the meeting was that I was on my annual pilgrimage to fish the central highland waters of Tasmania around Miena with Bryan Clyde. It was a very successful trip thanks to hospitality and generosity provided to us by Doug and Liz Lang and Peter Hill. Whilst there we caught up with Charles Peck and he has generously agreed to provide the Club with a few of his best flies for displaying in the Clubrooms. He is going to give them to Doug Lang for bringing over to the Club when they are ready. There was also a Club trip to the Snowy Creek on Saturday 20th. Sorry, I could not attend this trip, but I hope you all had a successful day and we are all looking forward to your reports at the March GM.

It was disappointing that the scheduled Wine and Cheese event had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers. Maybe we can change the timing or format for this event next year to create more interest, as it was a very successful event last year.

It was also very generous of Les Hawkins to donate a dozen of his best flies for displaying at the Clubrooms. Thanks Les and we all wish you the best and a speedy recovery following your operation earlier this month. We also wish Kath Humphris all the best and a speedy recovery, and look forward to see both of you out fishing again soon.

Coming up in March we have a scheduled trip to Geehi on the 5th/6th and we have our annual Fly Fishing Course on 11th, 14th and 19th & 20th. We will need to decide if the Geehi trip is proceeding and on a Trip Captain at the March meeting if there is sufficient interest. The Fly Fishing Course is one of the Club’s major fundraisers so we will need all hands on deck to ensure
its success. There will be some assistance required on Monday 14th for the practical fly casting session but the main assistance will be required at the course weekend on the 19th and 20th at Bowlers Lane on the Mitta Mitta River. Please make yourselves available at these sessions to help spread the workload. More details will be advised at the March GM.

In April we have a scheduled Beef & Reef social night on Saturday 9th and our Broken Sage competition at Khancoban on Saturday 30th. Accommodation for the weekend has been booked for the Friday and Saturday nights at an approximate cost of $25/person/night. Please put your names down for these events as we need to know numbers for catering purposes. I have also tentatively arrange for Andrew from Mayfly Tackle to visit our Club during April.

I look forward to catch up and hearing of your all your fishing exploits at the March GM.

Firm Strikes
Jeff Baldock

President’s Report: September 2015

Well, another season is looming with the opening of the 2015/16 trout season in Victoria on Saturday 5th September. We all hope that the rivers and streams are not flowing too high and make for excellent fishing.

We had our Club’s Annual Dinner on Saturday 22nd August at the Siesta Resort in Lavington with over thirty attending. It was a splendid night with excellent food, a great atmosphere, an impressive and entertaining guest speaker and plenty of raffle prizes to share around. I would like to thank Stafford for his efforts in arranging the venue, Russell Hook for being the MC, John Hawkins for supplying the smoked trout, the remainder of the Committee for helping set up the room and Chris, Ray and Gary from the Wangaratta Fly Fishing Club who attended and supported this event. Thanks also to our guest speaker David Anderson for his enlightening presentation on photography and how he endeavours to make every photograph tell a story. David’s portfolio is very impressive with his photos of many national and international celebrities from his involvement with WHO and other magazine. I would also like to congratulate Steve and his staff at the Siesta Resort for their help in making our Annual Dinner a successful night.

Club Award winners on the night were as follows:-

  • Des Walters won the President’s Trophy for advanced fly tiers;
  • Russell Hook won the Arthur Smith Fly-Tying Trophy for novice fly tiers;
  • Des Walters also won the Les Chick Memorial Trophy for excellence in presentation of fly fishing equipment or accessories with his excellent presentation of self tied salmon flies;
  • Kay Bennetts won the Alan Semmler Memorial Photography Award;
  • Russell Hook was awarded the Tony Butler Award for his continuing help and support to the Club throughout the year.
  • The Norm Crago Memorial Trophy was not awarded this year.

The guest speaker for our September General Meeting is Cameron McGregor. Cameron has a B. Environmental Management and Ecology (La Trobe University), is a PFIGA Fishing Guide and an Ex-Club member. He provides a variety of nature-based tours and education opportunities which showcase the natural beauty of the Victorian High Country and surrounding areas. Cameron will be delivering a presentation on fly fishing for cod and other freshwater native fish in our area.

The suggested up and coming events for September are:- a day trip to the Nariel River on Saturday 12th; and another day trip to the Kiewa Rivers on Saturday 26th. These events are tentative and the actual location, date and time will need to be confirmed at the September GM.

The suggested events for October are:- an overnight trip to Talbingo on the Weekend 10th & 11th; this coincides with an overnight trip to Lake Fyans (Western Vic) for the Fyans Fly-In hosted by the Sunshine Fly Casting Club from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th; an overnight trip to Creswick (central Vic) for the Wastrel Trophy hosted by the Ballarat Fly Fishers Club on the Weekend 17th & 18th; and, a day trip to the Mitta River and/or the Snowy Creek on Saturday 24th. These events are also tentative and open to members input before being confirmed at the September GM.

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday night.

Firm Strikes, Jeff Baldock

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