Newsletter August 2014

Greetings fellow fly flickers.
The start of a new Club year and your new committee looks forward to working out a program of interesting trips and speakers for 2015.
The reports from the Howqua and other streams – our usual fishing haunts don’t appear to be promising. We’ll……….

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Newsletter July 2014

Greetings fellow fly flickers.
Easy to see why we hibernate at this time of the year – might have to find a second pair of thermals for the winter chase of the salmon when Terry sends out the word that they have settled in one area of the peninsula. Then we can our winter saltwater skills.
Not too many sleeps to the Annual Dinner……….

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Newsletter June 2014

Greetings fellow fly flickers.
Winter is upon us and the streams are closed for spawning and stream recovery. Time to think of next season and new flies – so watch this space for new dates for fly tying sessions.
A big thanks to the guys who turned at Two Bays to help Graeme Hay…….

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Newsletter May 2014

Hi fellow fly flickers.
Just back home after a pleasant Sunday morning with Peter Wilson who ran a very informative morning of casting instruction at Mt Eliza Regional Park. Boy he makes it look easy!
All those in attendance……

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Annual Dinner 2014

Forty members were present at Frankston International for the 16th Annual Dinner of MPFF Inc.
In the traditions of the Cub a huge array of prizes were displayed and ticket sales were brisk for the monster raffle.
President Russ welcomed our guests including Gavin Hurley and his wife and all present enjoyed a delightful buffet meal and good company.

President Russ presents Life Membership to David Johnson.

President Russ presents Life Membership to David Johnson.

The John McKay Memorial Award 2014 Club Member of the Year was presented to Ian Herron. Ian took on the office of Secretary at the last AGM and has ensured all members are kept up to date via email, website and monthly newsletters.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the night was the granting on the Club’s first Life Membership to David Johnston. David is a foundation member who served as President for 5 years and has been a committee member for almost all of the past sixteen years. Well deserved recognition of all the outstanding service given to the Club. Congratulations Dave!

NEWSLETTER APRIL 2014

Greetings fellow fly flickers.
School holidays, Easter, Anzac Day, footy, picking grapes – well for me anyway – and trying to get in a little fly fishing. It must be autumn! Well at least day and night has been returned to its proper time!
The Annual Dinner is fast approaching……….

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Newsletter March 2014

Greetings fellow fly flickers.
Just back from a Club Trip and one question asked was – “How come we don’t get more members to Club outings?” Your committee is trying to meet all of your needs in fly fishing if it is possible.
So Ian will be …….

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Eildon - The Good, The Bad & The Elderly...

Eildon Region Club Trip

The weather was great as five intrepid MPFF’rs headed up to the Eildon Pondage all arriving about midday on Friday 14th. There was much cursing as our group of campers tried to drive pegs into soil the consistency of dried concrete. After setting up camp everyone headed off in all directions to find some fishy water. What a”bummer” – the pondage at its peak and the Goulburn running a banker – never been seen that high before, by any of the team! We made a few attempts to fish the pondage and then retired to camp to formulate a battle plan for Saturday accompanied by a cold beverage.

Eildon pondage close to full. March 2014.

Eildon pondage close to full. March 2014.

Saturday dawned another beautiful day and it was off to Big River. Sam, Terry, Frank and Pete were first to arrive – Steve and Russ “tail end charlies” so they moved on down river and the battle began. Terry caught 3 on the Taponga, Steve caught 3 on Big River whilst Russ caught one and dropped one – all before lunch. After lunch not a fish was sighted anywhere!

Peter casting at Eildon Pondage.

Peter casting at Eildon Pondage.

Saturday night “huey” turned on a thunder and lightning show to be believed and to finish it off torrents of rain and a huge water run-off through the campsite. As luck would have it our small group had gathered in the camp kitchen undercover with ample provisions to wait out the flood.

Sunday saw most rivers on the rise and dirty water was abundant. Steve and Russ fished the Steavenson after looking at a number of spots on the return home—but in the end coffee and a pie at Marysville seemed the best option.

Eildon - The Good, The Bad & The Elderly...

Eildon – The Good, The Bad & The Elderly…

Wendouree Two Fly

Lake Wendouree Two Fly Competition

 

Lake Wendouree Two Fly Competition: 29-30 March 2014

reprinted from  Philip Weigall ‘s blog on Flystream

Incorporating the Jim Thomas Memorial Trophy, this event is being run by the Ballarat Flyfishers Club. It’s a catch-and-release competition too, which is great to see. The Lake Wendouree Two Fly celebrates the historical significance of Lake Wendouree and its trout fishery to the Ballarat Flyfishers, the City of Ballarat and the lake’s contribution to Victoria’s flyfishing history and traditions.

The competition will be held over 2 days (29th /30th March), and it incorporate a gala dinner and raffle, with auction proceeds to support those BFFC members competing in international events.

Anthony McGrath came third in last year's comp. with this great fish.

Anthony McGrath came third in last year’s comp. with this great fish.

The cost of entering the event will be $50 per flyfisher. This includes entry to the event, a 2 course dinner at the Saturday night Gala event and breakfast on Sunday morning. The number of flyfishers able to enter the event will be limited to 80 to ensure the quality of the fishing and to provide access to adequate fishing areas on the lake. As well as the Jim Thomas Memorial Trophy, the winner gets a Stalker Glide 6 weight fly rod valued at $500.

Despite the recent hot dry weather, I had a look at Lake Wendouree yesterday and it’s in great condition full and clear. By the end of March, flyfishing conditions should be excellent.

Wendouree is in great shape and should fish well in late March.

To register for the Two Fly contact Chris Doody on 0428 304 004 or email chrisdoody@bigpond.com. Remember, there’s a limit of 80 competitors so be quick.

Devilbend Casting Day

In windy but otherwise pleasant conditions fourteen members attended our first casting day at Devilbend Reserve.

Some of the team in our new Event Shelter

Some of the team in our new Event Shelter

All members assisted in providing tuition to approximately 15 people including a number of juniors. Sam set up a casting area with hoops to cast at and was particularly patient with a number of juniors who were present at family BBQ’s and found their way to our display. Bob tied a number of indicators for use on members rods and we were glad he brought fly tying equipment to make some more after we had exhausted his initial supply of a dozen. There was great interest from a select group of people who had been specifically invited as a result of website enquiries and it looks as though we will pick up between 4 – 6 new members for our efforts today.

Casting Area at Devilbend

Casting Area at Devilbend

The day concluded around 1.00 pm with everybody partaking of a BBQ sausage sizzle and  cool drink.

Overall, members unanimously rated the day as successful both from a club promotion perspective as well as the enjoyment and camaraderie of getting together for the first club event for the year.

Looking forward to the next one in May!

More photos from the day on the Gallery page.