El Presidente’s Report

Well we are finally back at it after the holiday break. I hope the Christmas and New Year was a happy and relaxed time for you and your family and that Santi was good to you. Mind you a heap of new fishing gear probably would not have improved your catch rate over the last couple of months, as the reports I am getting are very poor indeed. Our club trip to the King River was very well attended and all had a most enjoyable day however not one fish was caught. I actually got a couple of days off before Christmas and I fished the Ovens River twice with the same result as the club trip. That is the first time I have fished the Ovens with no result. Disgusted I tried the top of the Buffalo River and managed two very small browns. Never mind our Tasmanian trip is only two days away.
Regardless of how you are fishing there is still plenty of activities to keep you on the go. There is an Eildon day trip scheduled for 22nd February captained by Sean Bowyer, a Kiewa, Falls Creek and Blue Duck weekend planned for 1st and 2nd March captained by Mick Porter, The Fly Life Forum at Khancoban for 8th, 9th and 10th of March and our Beginners fly fishing course culminating on 22nd and 23rd March at Bowlers
Lane. Meantime we have our normal general meeting on Wednesday 5th February when we have a special
guest speaker, Clinton from OZ N Beyond Sport Fishing. Clinton will talk about salt-water sight flyfishing
for some of our most iconic species and at the end of his talk he will tie a couple of his favorite salt water
flies. You really don’t want to miss this one.
In April, when the weather has cooled a little, we intend to have another working bee. This is just an
advanced warning to get you all thinking about it. We want to install a concrete mowing strip around the
outside of the club rooms and the steelwork on the front verandah needs repainting. Definitely all welcome.
The committee has been investigating alternative venues for our annual dinner. It was put forward that the
relatively small turnout at our last dinner may have been partly due to member dissatisfaction with the meal
or the cost (or both). Phil and Tony have checked out alternative venues and they believe the Lavington
Sports Club may be good alternative. We would like you to give this some thought and at the next meeting
Phil or Tony will present the details they have established and you will be asked to vote on staying at the
Commercial club or shifting to the Lavington Sports Club for this year’s annual dinner.
Seven of our members will be missing at the next meeting as we will be fishing in Tasmania so no we will
not give you another thought unless we happen to hook a few then of course it will be brag time.
That’s it from me for now. More when I get that big one in Tassi.

Jan Feb 2014