The 2019-20 trout season has begun in Victoria.
Most rivers were running high, some fish were caught in the little and big snowy creeks and swampy plains.
The Gone Fishing Day will be held on the 20th of October at lake Mulwala, the club will be having fly casting and tying demonstrations and we will be running a sausage sizzle bbq. We would like to see as many club members there as possible to help out.
If anyone has any suggestions for club activities please let the committee know.
Friday nights at the club are going well with between 10-20 people turning up, there’s fly casting on the oval and fly tying in the club room.
Come down and get involved.
There will be a quest speaker from the CFA presenting a talk regards fishing and other recreational activities in the bush during the summer and bush fire season.
This talk will be a prelude to presentations to other organisations throughout the State.
I would like to say thank you to the outgoing committee for the job they have done over the past 12 months.
The Annual Dinner was a success with everyone having a great time. Guests from Wang Fly Fishing Club attended – secretary Ray Beavis and guest speaker Gary Scholz.
Gary gave a great presentation on his charity work in Peru. It was both entertaining and informative.
Everyone had a great night, from the meal to the raffles. Thanks to everyone in attendance. M.C. was Russell Hook (great job.)
The cooking was done by Dave Makin (food was excellent).
Thanks to the committee for making the night run smooth.
To our sponsors for their kind donations.
Thank you for your support.
To the non-committee members who helped thank you.
I’m looking forward to working with the members and the committee of the GFFC.
Another year draws to an end and our club’s annual general elections will be held at the next meeting, I would like to thank the club and this committee for another positive year. The outgoing committee members have continued to promote fly fishing through club activities like the Fly Fishing School, guest speakers at club meetings nights, work on the fishing pit with NSW fisheries, club fishing trips, fly tying days and social nights.
I would personally like to thank Des for being our treasurer once again, Stafford for an-other year as secretary keeping the minutes, Rob for his wealth of knowledge at the fly tying bench, Ike as the quartermaster, Russel for all his help and Les for all the work bring the library together, thank you job well done.
This committee has been one member short all year which has made it just a little harder on each of the members but I believe there are a number of new faces looking to join the committee this year which is fantastic for the club so I thank them for putting their hand up.
The club is in a stable financial position but will have a few new challenges next year like the new fishing pit opening, continuing pressure from increasing Council rates and the ground development at the Greenfield Park oval.
Les Perkins and Bryan Clyde have done a great job with the library and there are still a number of old magazines and books to be moved on if anyone is interested.
And just a quick reminder this meeting will be your last chance to book a seat at the annual dinner so please see Des with your money and he will take your order for the night so you don’t miss out. Some members have already donated to the raffle table which is fantastic, if you have a prize to donation see me at the meeting and I will be happy to record your donation which is very much appreciated by the club.
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.
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.