VOLUME 27, ISSUE 10. July 2021

The first night having dinner at The Blue Duck Inn, during our trip to Big River (Upper Mitta Mitta River) in May 2021.

The first night having dinner at The Blue Duck Inn, during our trip to Big River (Upper Mitta Mitta River) in May 2021.

 
 

Next monthly meeting

Will be held at The Freeway Hotel, on Monday the 21st June 2021 (as the 14th June is the Queen's Birthday public holiday) kicking off at 7:00PM. We are back to our "normal" meeting room upstairs above the main bar area. Please see later in the Flyrodder for further details.

Our Meeting is held on the 2nd Monday of each month, unless it is a public holiday; in which case it will be delayed a week.

Our Members Badge Draw of $50 will be drawn at every monthly meeting, so please join in as you never know your luck, as you must be present, and financial for the current year to be eligible for the draw!!

We also have 2 x $25 vouchers from Compleat Flyfisher & Angler - Sydney and one $50 voucher from Fishing Station - Mona Vale in the raffle.

Our usual Meeting venue is The Freeway Hotel, located on the corner of Reserve Road, Artarmon and the Gore Hill Freeway. Else 115 Reserve Road, Artarmon for your GPS! Until then we will have our Zoom Virtual Meetings.
There is ample underground parking at the back through Dickson Avenue. Plus street parking in Dickson Avenue.

Please come early, have dinner, a drink and settle in for the meeting.

We always have interesting and informative guest speakers, so come and join us and enjoy the proceedings.

 

Next monthly fly tying 

Will be held on 28th June 2021. (Delayed a week as the Monthly Meeting was delayed due to the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday on the 14th June 2021)

We welcome all levels of fly tyers to these meetings as there is so much to be gained from experienced fly tyers who regularly attend and are always willing to share their knowledge, especially with less experienced fly tyers and those who have never tied before. Someone will take you under their "wing" to guide you through the process.

We welcome members who have never tied a fly previously, but who are contemplating doing so. Please even come along as an observer so that you can see "first hand" what is involved as we always have 12 spare vise sets for members to use and try out, should you not have your own equipment. Attending will greatly assist you in deciding how you would like to kick off and what vise will best suite your needs. So please come and attend the meeting.

WE WILL BE LED BY OUR MASTER FLY TIER, DAVE WILSON, WHO WILL SHOW US HOW TO TIE A WEED FLY AND A CHARTREUSE CLOUSER MINNOW FLY.

The Monthly Fly Tying, held normally the 3rd Monday of the month, commencing at 7:00pm at Henley Community Centre in the "Green Room" (previously called the Bar Room).

See further details below under the Fly Tying segment.

 

President's Report

Denis Hill on the Snowy River.

Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Well, the stream trout season is almost done, “Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent” well no, not really, we have the Dams for trout and the Salt Water for Luderick, Salmon, Tailor, Bream etc.

With decent rains over the last 12 months it’s been a pretty good season for trout in the streams and rivers and our members have been trying to make the most of it. I have had reports of Club members braving the cold to get in a few last hours on the stream. The Club’s trip to Big River while cold was very successful, I visited the Snowys with some Club mates and while cold there were plenty of fish about, but the most exciting reports I have heard are from the Oberon area. For the first time in a number of years Club members are reporting seeing and catching large numbers of small trout from the Oberon rivers and streams.

Prior to the series of droughts Oberon suffered in the recent decade, Club members regularly fished the area with great success, both privately and on Club trips. Now thanks to the last 12 months of decent rains and the concerted stocking efforts of the DPI and the CAS, the stage is once again set for some great fishing next season in the rivers and streams of the Oberon area. Similarly, thanks to the rains and the efforts of the DPI and the CAS we have the opportunity for some great trout fishing on the dams of the Wallerawang/Oberon area through winter and indeed all year round.

Last year the Committee encouraged you all to join the Wallerawang CAS as this group of dedicated individuals are the ones that are driving the stocking efforts that have given us such a bright future in the Oberon streams and rivers and the great dam fishing opportunity we have right now. Those of us who joined the Wallerawang CAS (about 35 of us) know about the trout stockings into the area’s dams over the last 12 months. This stocking included not only the regular stocking with Brown and Rainbow fry, but also larger grown out, yearling stock to help counter the redfin in some of the dams, Tiger trout fingerlings in Thompson Creek Dam and even some brood stock into Wallace.

Additionally, after several years dedicated effort, the Wallerawang CAS have managed to negotiate the access to, the outfitting of (a fishing dock, bridge, fencing, signage) and stocking of “The Foundations Mill Pond” in Portland. This Mill Pond project is the result of hundreds and hundreds of hours of the Wallerawang CAS members time particularly Ray Tang’s and delivers to all of us Sydney based anglers, another opportunity to fish for big trout only a couple of hours from home. With considerable foresight one of the first actions taken in the Mill Pond project was to stock the dam several years ago, so that today there are 4- and 5-pound fish cruising the edges.

This week the membership renewal forms for our Club went out to all members, while you are on the job renewing your membership, I ask you to also please consider joining or renewing membership with the Wallerawang CAS. You can see from the paragraphs above what a significant role the CAS has played and will continue to play in providing us with great trout fishing close to home, get in and support them by joining, the application form is attached below. Over the past 12 months Phil Burton has led the Club’s efforts in being actively involved with Ray Tang and the CAS, with other Club members on occasions getting up to the dams to help with stocking. I hope as Covid issues recedes into the distance we will be able to play a more active role in our support of the CAS. When you sign up or renew for the CAS, please copy Phil Burton philipburton@bigpond.com when you email back your application or if you snail mail back your application please email or text Phil and let him know. The Committee would like to know which of our members is in the CAS as we try and co-ordinate our Club’s support for the vital work of the CAS.

Once you have renewed your Club membership and joined the CAS, you can get out with a clear conscience and fish the salt, or duck up to Wallerawang and fish Thompson’s Creek, Wallace, Lyell or Oberon Dams, or the new Mill Pond (if its open).

For the CAS Rules click on Rules

For the New Member Application click on Application Form

Tight lines,

Denis Hill

President

 

From the Editor

Gavin at Smith's Lake with a nice bream.


Our new Website and Membership system went live on the 3rd May 2021 without a hitch.

The Membership System issued renewal notices to all our Members earlier in the week, and already many have renewed online, which is now a much more efficient and straight forward process than ever before.

The trout river season is about to close in just over a weeks time. But the lakes are there, and they have been stocking Oberon Dam and others, so these should present some good opportunities this winter and beyond.

Salt Water fishing is aways in play, and the prime Luderick season has commenced and we will be organising some outings for members. It's rock fishing and presents as a bit of a challenge, as there is only so many people you can handle in close proximity on the rocks to be a safe activity. We're waiting for the Narrabeen Lakes estuary mouth to be opened as the luderick fishing will fire up there then.

We had 18 members descend of Big River (Upper Mitta Mitta River at Anglers Rest) a week ago, but unfortunately the late May Victorian lockdown put a premature end to the trip as we all scampered back to NSW to beat the various deadlines!!! But good fish numbers were caught, we had a great time, and most of all we've found another great venue for years to come. So we did some productive research and also found some great accommodation options.

Reminder that at our Monthly Members Meeting we will hold a Buy, Sell & Swap segment, so look out for the designated table. Please feel free to bring any fly fishing gear that you wish to re-home. Further details in The Flyrodder.

We always need any fishing reports or fly fishing stories that I can include in our monthly Flyrodder; so please email me at gavin@vit.com.au 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!!!

Gavin van der Wagen

Editor

0411 877 546

gavin@vit.com.au

 

May meeting and guest speaker

Josh Hutchins, of Aussie Flyfisher

Presentation to Sydney Flyrodders Meeting: 10 May 2021

Topic: Aussie Fishing Travel options during Covid-19

Speaker: Josh Hutchins


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Josh is a former member of Sydney Flyrodder's, and regularly presents at our monthly meetings.

A video of his presentation can be viewed on the club's private members folder on YouTube.  

This presentation has been taken on video, and will be made available to members to view and re-view. These are also referenced on the Website and in the Flyrodder.

So it's well worth your while to join the monthly meetings. We will be "Live" at The Freeway Hotel, in our usual "Pre-Covid" room upstairs above the main bar.

The Monthly Badge Draw of $50 was won by Paul van Eck.

 

June meeting and guest speaker

Phil Burton on a river somewhere

Our guest speaker for this month will be our club member Phil Burton.

Phil will be chatting about "What's happening out in the Central West"

Phil is our co-ordinator/manager of our involvement with the Wallerawang chapter of the CAS (Central Acclimitisation Society). He is heavily involved there and representing the club who has around 35 club members who are also members of Wallerawang CAS. Phil works closely with the Secretary of Wallerawang CAS, Ray Tang; so closely that as I write this segment I understand (from a very reliable source) that they are currently having a fish together out there. No better way to suss out the effectiveness of the fruits of their labour!!

Phil will therefore be chatting about all that's happening over the Blue Mountains Great Divide

We are back at The Freeway Hotel, in our usual meeting room upstairs. As per "Pre-Covid".

The meeting will commence at 7:00pm, but please come along a little earlier, have a meal and drink and catch up before things kick off.

The Freeway Hotel, is located on the corner of Reserve Road, Artarmon and the Gore Hill Freeway. Else 115 Reserve Road, Artarmon for your GPS!

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

Looking forward to catching up at the meeting.

 

The Trip to the Big River (Upper Mitta River) in May

A newbie’s initiation – Rob Cummins

On Day 2 we headed up to Middle Creek, where we fished below the little bridge. It was again tight water with ravines, rocks and trees galore. I dispensed with the nymph and wool indicator, which had given me so much grief the day before and simplified matters with just a high vis Royal Wulff. Grant was Euro nymphing and soon landed a little brown.

Ten minutes later, I was floating my Wulff down a riffle and barely three metres to my side, a little rainbow felt sorry for me and ate my fly. A few strips later, and he was in my net. I wish I was able to tell him, but that tiny little trout gave me immensely more satisfaction than a 4½ lb brown I caught last year on a lure. And a key lesson (thanks DC!) – you don’t have to cast a mile to catch fish. We continued moving up the creek, but I don’t recall Grant catching any other fish that day. I certainly didn’t, but was riding high regardless.

Although I have been an avid and moderately successful fisho for most of my life, I had never taken up the fine art of fly fishing. As a brand new member and armed with a few YouTube videos, a single Sunday session of Professor Caddies’ tutelage and a bit of practice down the driveway, I plucked up the courage to make a total goose of myself amongst a bunch of seasoned fly anglers and make the pilgrimage to the Big River. My primary objective was to learn some basic streamcraft and practice my skills – I really wasn’t expecting to catch any fish at this stage…

After the dizzying but stunning drive down the Omeo “Highway”, and checking in at The Willows, (the alternate accommodation up the road from the Blue Duck), I headed back down to the Duck to join the lads for a yarn, a brew and some hearty pub grub. It was here that I had my first major stroke of luck by being teamed up for the next day with Grant Flawith. Grant and I immediately struck a chord and finished up fishing together all week. We discovered that we had many similarities in our likes, dislikes and life stories, including that our wives went to the same primary and high schools – at the same time!

Our first day was spent on the Bundara River, just a short walk from our accommodation. It was a stunning little stream, with enough rocks and trees to trip up an expert, let alone a useless novice like me. I spent a good deal of the day recovering flies from trees and riffles, clearing tangles and retying my nymph and wool indicator rig. Fortunately, I knew my knots so it was all good practice. Meanwhile Grant and I were having a great laugh at all sorts of stuff, and his experience and guidance were the perfect foil to my incompetence and shattered ego! The day’s tally was Grant 3, Me 0, but I had learned a stack of stuff and we had a hoot of a day.

Grant with a little brown

On Day 2 we headed up to Middle Creek, where we fished below the little bridge. It was again tight water with ravines, rocks and trees galore. I dispensed with the nymph and wool indicator, which had given me so much grief the day before and simplified matters with just a high vis Royal Wulff. Grant was Euro nymphing and soon landed a little brown.

Ten minutes later, I was floating my Wulff down a riffle and barely three metres to my side, a little rainbow felt sorry for me and ate my fly. A few strips later, and he was in my net. I wish I was able to tell him, but that tiny little trout gave me immensely more satisfaction than a 4½ lb brown I caught last year on a lure. And a key lesson (thanks DC!) – you don’t have to cast a mile to catch fish. We continued moving up the creek, but I don’t recall Grant catching any other fish that day. I certainly didn’t, but was riding high regardless.

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Topic 1: Buy, sell or swap

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Club Monthly Casting Practice Report

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Club Monthly Casting Next Month

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Monthly Fly Tying Meeting Report

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Monthly Fly Tying Notice

OUR NEXT MONTHLY FLY TYING WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, THE 28TH JUNE 2021, COMMENCING 7:00PM.

We welcome all levels of fly tyers to these meetings as there is so much to be gained from the experienced fly tyers who regularly attend.

We especially welcome new members and members who have never tied a fly previously, but who are contemplating doing so. Please even come along as an observer so you can see first hand exactly what is involved as we have 12 spare vise sets available for our members use, should they not have their own. Attending will greatly assist you in deciding how you would like to kick off and what vise will best suite your needs and budget. So please come and join us at the meeting.

Dave Wilson will once again be leading the fly tying with a Weed Fly, as it's the prime Luderick season now, and a chartreuse Clouser which will work on just about any salt water fish. So a couple of great salt water flies.

Our Monthly Fly Tying Meeting, is normally held on the 3rd Monday of the month, commencing 7:00pm, at the Henley Community Centre, in the Green Room (previously called the Bar Room), off Crown Street, Henley (just beside the 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 lamps. Kits are available for beginners. There is no charge for this event.

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

The following are the remaining Fly Tying dates for 2021:

Monday, 28th June 2021

Monday, 19th July 2021

Monday, 16th August 2021

Monday, 20th September 2021

Monday, 18th October 2021

Monday, 15th November 2021.

Fly Tying July 2018: photo courtesy of Dave Wilson

 

New Members

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Sydney Flyrodders Facebook

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Sydney Flyrodders WhatsApp

We have an Exclusive Group on WhatsApp for our Members, which is a great way to communicate informally to share ideas, seek advice and also to plan and seek interest for impromptu/planned fishing trips.

I can highly recommend this to members. The recent Bass trip to Lake St Clair was organised in this manner, and if you weren't in this Group you wouldn't have known anything about it.

Should you wish to be included in this group, then please email me to request inclusion, quoting your mobile number; which I should have but just to double check. You will need to download the WhatsApp first if you aren't already on it.

Please contact me for inclusion.

Gavin van der Wagen

Editor, Flyrodder

gavin@vit.com.au

 

Monthly Meeting Club Raffle and Badge Draw

The Badge Draw of $50 will be drawn at our monthly Members Meeting.

The May 2021 Meeting Badge Draw was won by Paul van Eck along with a number of raffle prizes!!!.

Plus we have 2 x $25 vouchers each month from Compleat Flyfisher & Angler - Sydney & one $50 voucher from Fishing Station - Mona Vale 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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DVDs in our Library Reviewed

We have some new DVD's in the library. Members can borrow them by coming to the Monthly Members Meeting and Andrew Corkish can assist with what is available in the library, including books etc.

Strip Strike - Fraser Island: Black Torpedoes

More of a promotional video for Hervey Bay Sportfishing, this DVD shows permit, trevally, spanish mackeral, long tailed mackeral and marlin being caught on the flats around Fraser Island. Good footage of our own Peter Morse fighting a long tailed trevally on an 11 weight, followed by his explanation of targeting marlin are the highlights of this video. The elevator muzak was a little taxing, and I found it hard to maintain focus until the marlin section towards the end.

The FlyfishingDVD.com Number 1: Trout

Monster Trout on the Arthur River: So how do you tie a Fuzzle Bugger and what do you do with it? Peter Morse begins with the tying the fly, then takes it to the Arthur River of Tasmania, explaining why he chose that fly, how he fishes it, on what tackle and where. As a world-class flyfisher and educator, it would take a lot to exhilarate Peter, so it was good to see him dancing around excitedly, having just landed 'the biggest trout he's ever caught'. Watch the video to find out how big.

Small Streams of the Snowys: Very technical and practical advice from Peter Morse and Steve Williamson about dry fly. The information would suit both the newbie and the experienced and covers what to fish, how to fish it and where to place the fly in the stream. I found this VERY informative, and would recommend it to those about to attend the streams masterclass.

Tasmania's Highland Lakes: A good showing of fishing the highland lakes followed by a neat demonstration of tying a Bead Headed Pheasant Tailed Nymph.

New Zealand’s South Island: More good footage and education of what to fish and how to fish it.

Best of Wildfish Series

Peter Morse, world-renown educator and founding member of our club, was a pioneer in the publication of fly fishing videos and could be credited with breaking down the 'flyfishing is just for trout' mentality. Each of the eight DVDs in this series is divided into chapters on techniques, places and experiences. Just listening to his explanation of what he's doing and why he's doing it, is a lesson well-learnt by any fisher, at any level of ability.

Volume 1: Taupo Rainbows (NZ), Nhulunbuy (NT), Hinchinbrook (Qld)

Volume 2: Fraser Coast (Qld), Snowy Mountains (NSW/Vic), Arnhem Land (NT)

Volume 3: Territory Sojourn (NT), Highland Trout (Tas), Coral Coast (Qld)

Volume 4: Blue Mountains (NSW), South Burnett (Qld), Lake Keepit (NSW)

Volume 5: Haggerstone Island (Qld), Tasmanian Trout, Northern Rivers (NSW)

Volume 6: Floodplains to the Sea (NT), Tasmanian Saltwater, Hervey Bay (Qld)

Volume 7: South Island Rivers (NZ), Build Up to the Wet (NT), Farmers and Fish (NSW)

Volume 8: Mountains and Rivers (Qld), Bauxite and Barra (Qld), Flinders Island (Tas)

A Casting Approach to Flyfishing to Catch Fish, Not just to Cast.

Joe Humphreys

A very practical casting lesson from the famous Joe Humphreys, clearly demonstrating methods for casting under trees, around trees, under logs, no backcast, on your knees or from a deck chair. The first half is clearly a recording of his normal casting lesson and is targeted at people who have basic casting skills. In uncomplicated language he proves that underbrush is no impediment to a good tuck cast, roll cast, fan cast or others. The second half is an indoor lesson to absolute beginner children with practice rods and would suit anyone new to casting whilst the last ten minutes is him casting in tight streams talking about why he chose that particular cast and how it benefits.

Essential Skills: Streamer Fishing on Rivers

Oliver Edwards

Don your tweed and fill your hip flask for this Yorkshire DVD showing tackle and streamer selection, how to present them and how to retrieve them in fast currents. Beautifully filmed, this information is directly usable in Australia's high country and New Zealand. Oliver also shows how to tie a Waggy Tail Sculpin streamer (looks like a juvenile flathead for the Aussies) and a Snappy Poodle.

Modern Nymphing: European Inspired Techniques

Devin Olsen & Lance Egan

Czech nymphing, French nymphing, Spanish nymphing, Polish nymphing? No wonder the EU is danger of breaking up. Over years these methods have been melded into a single Euro Nymphing technique, using long, light weight rods and very long leaders. This DVD shows how to create a nymphing rig and how to fish it, in shallow and deep water, in fast and slow water. If you're heading to the Thredbo River, watch this first.

Modern Nymphing Elevated: Beyond the Basics

Devin Olsen & Lance Egan

A lot of standing in a stream and talking. Borrow this one in conjunction with the other one, and watch the other one first.  If you are Euro-nymphing and you haven't watched this then you are missing out.

Basic Fly Tying: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started.

Marvin Nolte

More for the beginning tyer, these easy-to-follow demonstrations will result in a range of classic flies: Woolly Bugger, Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams, Compara Dun/Sparkle Dun and Marabou Muddler.