The Fly Rodder – February 2018 – V24 I04

///The Fly Rodder – February 2018 – V24 I04

The Fly Rodder – February 2018 – V24 I04

By |2018-03-06T13:55:55+10:00February 4th, 2018|The Fly Rodder|0 Comments

“David Caddies outdoor Casting Techniques class which have been well attended and received”  Photo courtesy of Annie Skarratt.”


Club Notice
Presidents Report
From The Editor
Last Month’s Meeting Report
Next Month’s Speaker
Fly Fishing Festival
Casting Day Report
Salt Water Report
NZ Report
New Members
Upcoming Events
Fly Tying
Club Raffle & Draw
Sponsors & Supporters

“The solution to any problem – work, love, money, whatever – is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”

~by John Geirach~

Club Notice

Our next club meeting will be on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 7:00pm, normally the 2nd Monday of each month, unless it is a public holiday; in which case it will be delayed a week.



The Monthly Fly Tying, normally the 3rd Monday of the month, and therefore the next meeting will be held on Monday, 19th February 2018, commencing at 7:00pm at Henley Community Centre in the “Bar Room”. 

President’s Report

Happy New Year to you all.

I am writing this from the airport, as like many of our members, I am off to NZ for a bit of fushing. Looking forward to catching up with the guides again, and getting into some tough fish. Luckily I have been on the Brian Henderson casting weekend as well as a session down the park with David Caddies. So, as per usual we have a lot on this year, so get involved and enjoy being a part of the club and work on improving your skills!

Our next meeting is in February and we will be spending quite a bit of time on showing you around the new website and some hands on tuition as well. It would help a lot if you go to the website before the meeting, have a look around and bring any of your questions or comments to the meeting. The new website is already drawing in new members and is being used a lot more than the previous website. You will be able to book all your events and pay for them via the website, renew your membership and if you choose, tick the auto renewal box so that each year it will just be a set and forget renewal process.

We are about to set up some forums, so you can buy and sell gear and easily get in touch with other members. If this sounds good to you, we are looking for a moderator of the forums section. Please let me or Simon Spiers know if you want to take on this roll

Well, time to catch a plane. There is plenty of fishing opportunities around Sydney (join in with Phil Burton’s group) and in the fresh water streams, so join with your fellow members and get fishing!

Gary Bickford

From The Editor

Well we are well into 2018 and the start of a number of club events to North and South Islands in New Zealand. Conditions have been warm, dry and challenging, but there are always good fish to be had.

At our December Christmas Meeting and Dinner the Club recognised the outstanding contribution made by Andrew Corkish, year in and year out, and awarded him Life Membership of Sydney Fly Rodder’s. Congratulations Andrew for your dedicated and unwavering involvement, as Secretary and many other responsibilities. Not to mention the regular supply of your sought after scones; and long may that continue.

Gary has already covered the new website, and other new activities that have proven to be most successful and have added significant variety to our regular annual events. So 2018 will be another year packed full of events. To that end we are desperately trying to resolve our accommodation issues at Arundel Park and also continuing to seek new fishing locations within easy weekend access from Sydney.

We have just over 4 months remaining of the trout river season, but the saltwater venues are open all year around; so time to get planning your events for the year, and the new website is open for business in that regard.

We always need some fishing reports from members, so please email me at with your stories, tales and anecdotes to share with your fellow members. Your reports can be large or small, plus photos which always make it more appealing!!!

Enjoy your fishing over the coming months!

Gavin van der Wagen

December Meeting Report:

Guest Speaker Brett Wilson

We had an enjoyable Christmas meeting and dinner, with a most informative presentation by Brett Wilson. Brett is well known from his TV fishing shows and Shimano Ambassador fame, and his topic was “Fishing for Bread and Butter species.

We have so many waterways, estuaries and beaches around Sydney, so this was a very appropriate topic.

Brett shared many useful tips such as:
Crazy Charlie size 10 for Whiting – pink & brown Fast retrieve and don’t pause else they lose interest;

 Tan Crazy Charlie fly works well for bream;

 Clouser for Flathead;
Shrimp patterns will work well for all of these suspects.

These sessions are well worth attending as if you pick up a few tips will make it all worthwhile.

Some photos follow, courtesy of Murray Kelso.

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February Meeting

Unfortunately we haven’t managed to secure a Guest Speaker for our February Meeting, so we will take the opportunity to present to our members the current website, plus chat about the coming enhancements and also importantly to receive feedback and suggestions from our member on both the current and the plans ahead.

We see this as an exciting time ahead and the website is already drawing in new members and receiving a lot more interest from current members.

So please come to this meeting as we look forward to your thoughts and feedback; which is a key ingredient to making this an important and effective communications tool for our club.

Meeting commences at 7:00pm at the Freeway Hotel, on the corner of the Gore Hill Freeway and Reserve Road Artarmon; or 115 Reserve Road for your GPS.

There is ample underground parking at the back through Dickson Avenue. Plus street parking in Dickson Avenue.

Come to the meeting, have dinner, a drink and settle in for what undoubtedly will be another great meeting.

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New Members

We had six new members join the club in December/January;

Madeline (Maddie) Chew Lee
Fred Bryson
David Gresham
Bill Talbot
Dean Corkery &
Shane Catford

Welcome to the Sydney Flyrodders’ Club.

We look forward to meeting you at our monthly members meetings and also to taking part in the events that we schedule each year.

Upcoming Club Events

Upcoming Salt Water Social Evenings around Sydney

This summer we will hold a series of short local events with the hope that people will be able to get out for a few hours of fishing and socialising.

They are informal but provide a local outing for members to gather and meet others as well as the opportunity to pick up tips and tricks for all things flyfishing. It is up to you, come to brush up your casting, swap a fly or two or drop by for a drink.

The next will be at Hen and Chicken bay Five Dock. Sunday afternoon February 18 around 1700.

I have to work that day so won’t be arriving till 1830 or so but will probably stay till dark for the best breaming.

It is daylight saving at that time and you can stay on as long as you like.

Bring a beer or two and a few nibbles to keep you going.  

Bring rod, 5/6 weight is good, but whatever you want to cast.

Use an old tapered leader and some 6lb line for tippet. 

I have caught bream, mullet, flathead and trevally here, so a bit of bread to get them going is good.

If you tie, bring some extra to swap, sell or share. 

Wear some shoes for wading. A head torch is handy if you plan to stay out late.

There will be a prize for a memorable effort, biggest fish, best tangle, muddiest face plant or fancy fly.

Wymston Parade runs right next to the bay and there is a large flat to fish and generally good parking.

Low tide is at 1512.

I fished this area a lot about 15 years ago and have caught plenty of bream here as well as other species. The best time is generally on dark with at least half tide.

Some tips.

Flies: Crazy Charlies/ Gotcha and small Clousers. Bread flies. Try a small popper for whiting. A prawn imitation is a good option.

Bream like a super slow retrieve. Go super slow and strip strike. If you miss, let it sit and count to ten.

Bream will nip at the bit of the fly that moves so if you are tying or buying look for a fly with the hook point in the fluff. A 6 or 8 Crazy Charley with a flash body and rabbit fur beard into the hook point is good. Rubber legs could be good.

You sometimes see the swirl of a flathead around the rocks and weed, you can drop a fly on them. Clousers are good and flathead aren’t to fussy, don’t over dress them and make them hard to cast.

Burley up some mullet with some bread for light stick fun.

These bays are heavily contaminated from years of industrial pollution, so its catch and release.

LAKE AND DAM TUITION – 26th to 28th July

July 26 , 8:00 am - July 28 , 5:00 pm


July 30 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 20, 2019


August 6 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 20, 2019


August 13 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 20, 2019

SFR Monthly Meeting

August 19 , 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Monthly Fly Tying

August 19 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 31, 2019

Next Months Fly Tying


We will be tying the Klinkhammer. Its a bit tricky and you need to take your time….come along and give it a try.
Gary Bickford is our guest tyer this month

Beginners are most welcome, and we encourage you to take part, as the experienced hands are willing helpers and there is a wealth of experience that you can draw upon.

The next Monthly Fly Tying Meeting will be held on Monday, 19th February 2018, commencing at 7:00pm, at Henley Community Centre Crown Street, Henley (just beside Gladesville Bridge)

Bring your own kits and lamp. Kits are available for beginners. $8 covers tying materials.

Henley Community Centre, off Crown St, Henley


Club Raffle & Badge Draw

The December Meeting Badge Draw of $150 was not won.

So it will increase to $200 for the February Meeting.

Plus we have 2 x $50 vouchers each month from Compleat Angler to be drawn.

Remember that to win the badge draw, you have to be a fully financial club member, present at the meeting on the night, to win.

So, come along and enjoy our monthly Meeting, held on the 2nd Monday of the month, at the Freeway Hotel, corner of Reserve Road and the Gore Hill Freeway, Artarmon. The facilities are great and for those who haven’t attended a meeting here yet, the meeting room has two split levels and this is ideal for presentations, both verbal and audio/video. So come earlier, order a meal, and sit back and enjoy the meeting with another excellent guest speaker.

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