As I sit here and think about what our club has on its plate this coming Cup weekend (although some of us have to work on Monday) there is a lot on. We have what is traditionally the Club’s retreat to Freeburgh. Camping at the caravan park operated by one of our sponsors, Freeburgh Cabins. Pat Sheridan also cooks a slab of beef on the spit for everyone to enjoy on the Sunday. To date I have not had the pleasure of enjoying this tradition, but it is definitely on my bucket list.
Also, the Club is hosting the Simon Gawesworth Rio Casting Day on Saturday. This should be a good day and will give those attending a chance to hear Simon talk and try all the different Rio Lines. There will also be prizes available to win on the day too. Andrew Connell, a longtime member of our club, will host the day and Andrew has indicated that there is a lot of interest from other clubs to attend. Fortunately, we will have a team of our members to help on the day with settng up and looking after the hungry crowd with one of our famous barbecues.
We had a great turnout at last month’s meeting to hear Renae Ayres form the Arthur Rylar Institute, talking about her research on King Parrot Creek. There was a lot of interest with what Renae had to say. Renae did mention aZer the meeting that she found our questions and our openness to be involved with her talk as she was delivering it very refreshing.
It is very encouraging to see the numbers increase on fly tying nights. These nights are a great opportunity to learn from very experienced fly tyers, practice some casting down on the pond or pop in for a chin wag. Speaking of the casting pond, Phil and the gang gave it a good clean last week and for anyone who has done it in the past, it is not an easy job. Thanks guys.
As mentioned last month, our auction night has been moved to the 5th Thursday night of November. This is a great opportunity to get rid of those things cluttering up the man cave or shed. Items like fly fishing gear, camping gear, etc. Auction nights are a lot of fun. There are bargains to be had and money to be made. The club receives 10% of the final bid, and the rest of the money goes to you.
Not long now until the end of the year, so our break up is looming and our shed clean up. Keep an eye out for dates.
For another month, tight lines,
When - 26 - 28 Jan 19
Staying at - Wash Tomorrow Caravan Park, Telanatuk East Road, Toolondo, VIC, 3401
(GPS:37`01’ 41.7”S, 141`57’ 49.1”E) ph: 03 5388 2231
Trip co ordinator - Pat Sheridan 0419 515 950
Trip classification – Watercraft Trip
Lake Toolondo is located in the Wimmera in between Hamilton and Horsham about 4.5 hours drive from Melbourne via the Western Highway.
This lake is capable of yielding some true monster trout and redfin. Trout have been recorded in excess of 8kg, averaging 1kg and redfin in excess of 4kg averaging 900g.
UPPER GOULBURN RIVER
When - 9 - 10 Feb 2019
Staying at - Skipworth Reserve camping ground
Trip co ordinator - John Smith
Trip classification – Streamcraft Trip
This was an annual Club trip for many years on the Australia Day Holiday long weekend in January. Many of the long term Club members have cut their fly fishing teeth on this trip over the years. New members are encouraged to attend this trip, as there are usually plenty of fish in the River. We will endeavour to buddy you up with a more experienced member to fish with, for at least part of the weekend if possible.