The Fly Rodder –March 2018 – V24 I05

///The Fly Rodder –March 2018 – V24 I05

The Fly Rodder –March 2018 – V24 I05

By |2018-03-13T13:08:06+10:00March 12th, 2018|The Fly Rodder|0 Comments

“Fishing in Southland on a secret river”  Photo courtesy of Murray Kelso.”


Club Notice
Presidents Report
From The Editor
Last Month’s Meeting Report
Next Month’s Speaker
Taihape Trip Report
Sth Island NZ Trip
David Caddies Casting Days
Salt Water Social Report
Rod Building Aug
New Members
Upcoming Events
Fly Tying
Club Raffle & Draw
Sponsors & Supporters

“A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.”

~by Arnold Gingrich~

Club Notice

Our next club meeting will be on Monday, 12th March 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 March 2018, commencing at 7:00pm at Henley Community Centre in the “Bar Room”. 

President’s Report

Now that the days are getting cooler, the trout trips are well and truly underway.  We had a fabulous time in NZ, as did the groups who travelled to the South Island. Come along next Monday to the club’s meeting and here all about tips and techniques to successfully fish in NZ.
We have the NSW Confederation of Freshwater Anglers event coming up in May. This is a great event and it will be my third year attending. It is a ‘competitive’ event between fly fishing clubs in NSW. Currently the locals at Oberon hold the trophy but we will be trying our best to get it back to Sydney. The event is skills based and is made up of several different events….fly tying, fly casting (accuracy and distance), photography, and of course fishing – both lakes and rivers. The event is held at the BlackGold cabins at Wallerawang. It would be great if we could put in two teams this year…so if you want a bit of competitive fun (but we also want to win!) then why don’t you join us in the fun weekend. Give me a call if you want more details, there will be a flyer issued pretty soon. The event will be held on the 4-6 May.
Several of our members attended the First Annual Australian Fly Fishing Festival held at Penrith which was organised by our good friend Juan Luis del Carmen. Despite the heat, some 40C or thereabouts, the event was a great success. Lots of folks to teach various techniques for specific casting, Spey, salt water fishing and stalls with flies, lines, rods etc. The event made a profit which will enable it to be held again next year. Perhaps we should set up a stall and encourage a few more of our members to attend.
Well, that’s all for now. Check out the website and book yourself into some of events we have coming up this year.
Gary Bickford

From The Editor

The year is flying by and we have already completed a number of club trips already.

The Mitta Mitta trip is about to get underway, and we are busy trying to nail down the Jindabyne trip around April. In late July we will commence our rod building activity in which John Baricevic will again generously give up some of his time to lead this activity for the club. This is your opportunity to build a top shelf rod for around a third of the price. John will ensure that you have a finished product of the highest quality. The group will be limited to 10, so get your registration in early to avoid being disappointed.

There are many other activities on the way or under consideration, so please use our new website to get the latest on what is happening.

We always need some fishing reports from members, so please email me at or CLICK HERE to start writing 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

February Meeting Report:

Guest Speaker Simon Speirs

Our “New Website Sub Committee”, consisting of Simon Speirs (who managed the process), James Webber and our website developer Sam Webber presented the new website to our attending members and sought their feedback and comment.

The overall feedback was most positive and well received by the members. This was supported by the fact that many members were viewing the website plus in the short 2 month life of the new website, we had 8 new members join our club through the website. This is most encouraging as our prime objectives for the new website was to provide information, event bookings and forums for current members and also to attract new members to grow the club membership. Regarding new members we were aiming to draw across a wide demographic of young, older, male, and female; and this seems to be working to date.

The signs are most encouraging and we will be adding more function along the way.

We are also using our Facebook Account, and this will also draw in new members.

So we encourage our membership to have a good “play” with the website and look forward to your feedback.

March Meeting

We will be presenting on our recent club trips to New Zealand, North Island at Taihape and South Island near Gore and Riversdale. Various members will be giving an account of their experiences and sharing techniques and tips that worked for them; or not worked whichever the case.

Following this section are trip reports on the club trips.

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 three new members join the club in February;

Joe Bourne
Ewan Duckworth &
David Chitty

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.

SFR Monthly Meeting

July 8 , 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Monthly Fly Tying

July 15 , 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

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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August 6 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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SFR Monthly Meeting

August 12 , 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Next Months Fly Tying

Foxee Redd Minnow


Our leading tier for March is Dave Wilson. We will be tying one of Bob Clouser’s flies – the Foxee Redd Minnow.

The Foxee is a Clouser Minnow variant using fox tail/hair. The Foxee uses the same tying technique as the standard “Clouser”. (properly named the Clouser Deep Minnow)

Bob says the Foxee is his go-to carp fly. Tied more sparsely no respectable Aussie bream, Flat head, or even bass/trout would ignore it.

It may come as a surprise that the eyes on all Clousers, tied by Bob Clouser, are positioned a full one third hook shank from the eye. Some appear to be tied almost in the middle of the shank! Look at the attached photo. Most commercial and amateur tied Clousers crowd the head and are not as streamlined as the original.

It will be a night of foxing around at Hunters Hill Community Centre (the old Henley Bowling Club) on March 19! See you there….

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 March 2018, commencing at 7:00pm, at Henley Community Centre Crown Street, Henley (just beside Gladesville Bridge). Turn into Crown Street, off Victoria Road, and look for the lane way entrance signs on the left.

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 February Meeting Badge Draw of $200 was not won.

So it will increase to $250 for the March Meeting.

We will be raffling minor prizes from our principal sponsor Sydney Fly Outfitters & Guiding. 
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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