March 2018 Meeting – Cod on the Fly

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We are very privileged to have Cameron McGregor and Dr. Katie Doyle, guides at River Escapes agree to come and present “All You Have Ever Wanted to Know About Catching Murray Cod on the Fly.”

Cam and Katie have a wealth of knowledge from years of studying, guiding and fishing for this iconic Australian species and we are sure that they will impart some of this to our members.

It should be a really great night and one not to be missed!

DATE: Wed March 28, 2018
TIME: 7:45 pm

For more information on Cam, Katie or River Escapes please visit
They are also running a hosted trip with Joshua Hutchins (Aussie Fly Fisher) in April.
For more info please visit: Aussie Fly Fisher

PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Hutchins

February Presentation – Managing Trout and Their Habitats

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Feb 28, 7:45pm
Dr John Morrongiello will be coming to the club to speak about the effects of climate change on trout in Victoria.

Australian brown trout hail from the cool rivers of southern England and were first brought to Tasmania some 150 years ago. Since then, they have successfully been stocked, and naturally spread, throughout the foreign rivers and streams of southern Australia. The fact that trout have historically thrived in Australian waters and now support a valuable recreational fishery is testament to their amazing ability to adapt to new environments. But what will the future hold, and what can we do to help our trout fisheries?

Southern Australia has recently experienced a period of prolonged drought that greatly impacted on our trout populations. Although many of our trout fisheries have recovered from this intense dry period, climate change will continue to pose a risk to trout’s future survival. I will discuss a range of options fisheries managers and anglers have available that could help ensure the future viability of our trout fisheries.

John is a keen flyfisher who lives in the Macedon Ranges. He is also a lecturer of Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Melbourne. John has broad research interests, ranging from understanding how fish respond to altered flow caused by drought or river regulation, to broad-scale assessments of long-term change in major commercial fisheries. John is particularly passionate about doing research that helps sustain viable recreational fisheries, and science education and community engagement.

Should be a really interesting talk, one not to miss!

Rotorua Annual Fishing Pilgrimage

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Hi Members,

I just returned from Rotorua last night, spent 5 days 4 nights on my annual fishing pilgrimage, fishing was great.

Browns ranged from 6.5lb to 11lb, Rainbows 3 to 5 lb. I got 2 or 3 browns per day, and 10 to 15 Rainbow’s each day in the Waiteti stream and stream mouth. I fished from 5am till 7am then 2 to 4pm and night sessions from 8pm till 10:30pm so it was casual fishing.

I stayed at the Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park, its worth a visit. The night fishing was with Lumo flies ( Craig’s night time, Alexandra and Dolly flies).

Day time using size 14 weighted hair and copper or black nymph either on indicator rig or sinking with figure 8 retrieve or Shrek with orange bead head and faster retrieve.


Andrew Lipkewycz

President’s Letter 2017

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Dear Members,

Let me start by thanking you all, as without our club members there is no club.

Thank you to Ted Whittam and Ben Le Vagueresse for running the very well attended casting tuition.

Many thanks to Tony Mockunas for the brilliant job teaching tying.

A massive thank you to the wonderful guest speakers who gave up their precious time to impart their knowledge.

Last but not least, a huge thank you to my fellow committee members for all their hard work and support throughout 2017.

There were so many highlights this year at the club, from special guest speakers, to club trips, fly tying and casting, it’s difficult to know where to start.

The year began with the AGM, where the CFFA committee was elected, followed by a great talk at the February GM from club member Stephan Toman on Victorian saltwater fly fishing for beginners in preparation for our day trip to Geelong.

Several members headed to the Swampy Plains, enjoying some great fishing and company.

March saw Jim from FlyFinz bring a whole pop-up tackle shop to the club rooms! Many members left that night very happy but with lighter wallets!

Ben took some members on a trip to find Murray Cod in a storm, with a great effort from club member Michael Kee getting his first cod on a fly.

May brought about an extended club trip to Ecumbene in the Snowy Mountains, in search of pre-spawning trout. The lack of rain saw much lower numbers of fish caught than last year, but it was a great chance to catch up with each other.

We were very fortunate to be graced by Josh Hutchins (Aussie Fly Fisher) who convinced us to try fishing for species other than trout.

The inaugural Knot Pull Competition was held and won by Warren using an Improved Blood Knot.

The most excellent David Anderson came to show us his new book and how to take better fly fishing photos.

The big event of the year was the hugely successful, Kids and Family Day. It was attended by over 150 kids, teens and parents.

Scottie X from Wilderness taught us how to fish mayflies, which was put brilliantly into practice at the following week club trip.

Another well attended lake day saw most members catch trout at our final club trip to Moorabool.

Look forward to seeing you all at the AGM on January 24.

Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.

Kind regards,
Chris Schrueder

Kids and Family Fly Fishing Day

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We are having a FREE Kids and Family Day on Sunday October 8th at Walter J Smith Reserve at Riddells Creek from 10 – 2pm.

It promises to be a great day with:

• Fly fishing
• Fly casting
• Fly tying
• A sausage sizzle
• A raffle with great prizes

If you have kids or teenagers who want to learn about fly fishing, then come on down!

NOTE: Children will need to be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Fly Fishing Photography with David Anderson – Coming Soon!

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At our August GM, David Anderson, a recently retired rock & roll and celebrity photographer, (regularly published in FlyLife Magazine) will be showing us his brilliant work and give us tips to make our fishing photos better.

Just in case you don’t know much about the lanky yank we like to call DA, check out his Bio below.

He will probably sledge some hipsters along the way. Should be a great night!

Date: Wednesday August 23, 2017
Time: 7:45 pm

David was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up in America after his father, a geologist, moved the family to Boston in 1965 to attend Harvard and thence to Champaign, Illinois two years later where he taught at the University of Illinois.

David’s first serious fly fishing experiences were on one of his dad’s summer field trips to Wyoming at the age of eleven or twelve when one of the professors loaned him a rod and reel and showed him the basics of trout fishing with a fly on the Wind River. It’s been a serious addiction and never far from the front of his mind for over forty years.

The photography thing started during a trip to Egypt in the early eighties when his mother, a Middle Eastern news correspondent, loaned him a Nikon, a couple of rolls of monochrome film and just enough instruction to make it a lifelong pursuit.

David returned to Australia at age twenty in 1984, flyrod in hand, on a six-week holiday where he found people of a like mind, very interesting long-lost relatives and excellent trout fishing not far from Sydney on the Turon River and somehow never got back to the United States.

After a few years working in Sydney music stores as a guitar salesman by day, and part-time rock and roll photographer by night, David started full-time photography in 1989 and was soon working for several record companies, music magazines and local bands like The Screaming Jets, Silverchair and many others.

By 1995 David’s career had expanded to include work for most mainstream Australian magazines and many others from around the world and he was soon working all over and shooting anyone willing to stand still including the Queen Elizabeth II, The Rolling Stones, Pink, U2 and John Farnham, as well as a large collection of local movie and TV stars and many of Hollywood’s finest. This work can be viewed at

Fly fishing photography was, of course, always there, but with the launch of Flylife Magazine in 1995 there were new opportunities to shoot both locally, in Tasmania or in New Zealand.
With encouragement from editor Rob Sloane and a lot of help from good mate and fellow photographer/writer Peter Morse, David wrote his first article ‘Cryptic Creeks’ on small streams of the snowy mountains in 2005 and many more have since followed.

Nowadays, David lives a quieter life in Albury, NSW very close to the trout-infested 4×4 paradise that is the Victorian high country with his wife and three children, and writes and photographs for Flylife Magazine and his own small-stream fly fishing blog

Calder Migration Delivers Mixed Results

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Each year in May & June trout from Lake Eucumbene in the Snowy Mountains migrate from the depths of the lake up the river for their annual spawn run. Fish will travel many kilometres in search of suitable gravel beds for females to release their eggs which are fertilized by the males.

The contingent split into smaller groups over the trip and fished some amazing pieces of water which included the Eucumbene River, Three Mile Dam, the Thredbo River, Tantangara Reservoir & the Swampy Plain River.

The majority of fish caught were migrating Brown Trout from the lakes as well as resident Rainbow Trout and even an elusive Brook Trout.

The fishing this year was arguably harder than previous years mainly due to the lack of rain which triggers the fish to start their run. Regardless of the numbers caught this was a fantastic trip filled with comradery and a shared passion for fly fishing.


North Island Trip Report – Tony Mockunas

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Fellow members, I was not able to photograph all the fish as it’s not always practical to photograph the release of one when in freezing water up to your chest.

I caught about 40 fish, in excellent condition that gave great accounts of themselves and the best fight lasted 20 minutes roughly on the 8lber.

Next best was around a good 15 minutes with plenty of 10 minute battles.

All caught on Loomis Eastfork 5 weight bar one fish on 6 weight Loomis until a guide came away, and it was abandoned for the 5 weight again.

The 6 wt will be ok for repair.

If I go again I shall be taking Neoprene waders as I froze with undies on, merino long johns and 2 pairs of tracksuit pants and then the waders, that water is so cold!

I believe in releasing them mostly and keeping only a few and this is the most fish killed by me for years.

I might add that when you spot 15 fish working off a bank and take a few they are quickly replaced.

The biggest fish taken so far was by my mate at 9lb, and then he got an 8lb Rainbow yesterday as well.

We saw a lot of double figure fish in another lake but they had been worked over already prior to us arriving.

Best fish sighted by both of us was a giant Rainbow of around 15 lb and about 75cm length estimated.

I trust you are all ok.



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The most awesome Joshua Hutchins is coming back to present at the Calder Fly Fishing Association June General Meeting.
Josh will be showing us some amazing pics from his latest adventures – travelling and guiding across the globe.
He will be talking all things trout, Murray Cod, plus exotic locations. One GM not to be missed!
Patagonia have also donated some great prizes for the raffle!
For those who haven’t had the pleasure, check him out on Instagram @aussieflyfisher
Date: Wednesday June 28
Time: 7:45pm