President’s Report: March 2024

A very warm welcome to new members Paul and Teddy Larkin.

I have vacated the front page with my report, and have given over the space with more worthy stories. 

Firstly, after nearly forty years dedicating his time to his business and forgoing his passion for fly fishing, Warwick Jones recently re-joined the Club and has recently caught his first trout in that period. Well done, Warwick.

And secondly, also worthy of a place on the front page, those members who volunteered for the Bunnings BBQ last Sunday. These included, Dave Makin, Stafford Simpson, Les Perkins, Jeff Kiely, John Hawkins, Des Walters, Michael Naissen, Tony Dawson, Rob Chick, Paul Sullivan, Peter Leddin, Zac Newsom and myself. Shown are members of the first shift. Details of the day will be presented to the general meeting. A special mention to Mauro who stepped in to take the reins from Russell who laid the foundations for us. 

The Club has received some financial positives with our first decent return from our term deposit in some time, and the reimbursement of fees from the Council of Victorian Fly-Fishing clubs (CVFFC). A special thankyou to the CVFFC. Recent Club activity has seen the Lake Mulwala Cod Trip in December. See Luke’s report in this newsletter. 

The other Club activity was the day trip to Lake Hume to target European Carp. John Hawkins will give a brief on this at the General Meeting. Des shows his prowess in tackling a large carp.

Des will give a summary on the recent FFA Rocky Valley fly fishing competition. 

Recent trips to Tasmania by Mauro and Wolfgang, Les and myself will also be a feature of this month’s general meeting. Les and Mauro will give a summary of their trip. 

We have advertised upcoming Club trips:

  • The Broken Sage trip to Khancoban on the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March.
  • This is based on fishing around the Khancoban Pondage, Swampy Plains and Indi Rivers and multiple streams. Details in the newsletter.
  • A trip to Eucumbene is planned for the weekend from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April. Don’t be put off you can only attend on the Saturday and Sunday. Names will need to be finalised by Wednesday 6 March to ensure accommodation can be arranged.
  • A trip to the Goulburn River is planned for the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May. Details will be forthcoming at the general meeting.
  • Also planned for August is the annual Central Victorian Lakes trip. This will also need to be finalised at an early date in order for accommodation to be arranged. 

As with all the trips, please put your name on the board if you are attending. Especially where accommodation is required. 

Midweek fly tying will resume later in the year. Remember, the start times of the General Meeting will start at 7.30pm which will be preceded by a barbeque before the meeting. 

Stay well.

Bryan Clyde: President