Presidents Quill

First Cast November 2020


Welcome to Riffles for November 2020

Jeepers what a year! It has been said that the only guarantee in life is that everything changes, but we seem to have downloaded a decade’s worth of difficulties in a few short months. We’ve had Australia burning, a Royal Family defection, Covid 19 appearing, Lockdown One, Kobe Bryant’s shock passing, an impeachment of a US President, a March Stock Market crash, Black Lives Matter protests. Jeffrey Epstein ‘hung himself’ in custody, we found Murder Hornets, Beirut exploded, Kamala Harris was chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate and VP. Boris Johnson got Covid – but was saved by an Invercargill nurse, so did Trump but he recovered miraculously, US wildfires raged, and QAnon conspiracy madness ensued. Ruth Bader Ginsberg died, Trump didn’t, but sadly, Eddie van Halen, Little Richard, Neil Peart, Kenny Rogers and Peter Green did.

Here at home, following a global exemplar of Covid 19 management, Jacinda Ardern and the Labour party were re-elected in a landslide victory of historic proportions unseen since the Second World War.  At the time of penning Biden is ahead in the US with 264 seats – agonisingly short of the 270 needed to take the country. It ain’t over yet, folks!

AFAC has also undergone changes. Our esteemed president, Doug Snell, resigned, and has moved to Timaru with his wife and family. Doug has been a calm and firm hand on the tiller here at the club, and through all the above managed to keep delivering his trademark smile, good governance, and humour.

Thank you, Doug, for all you have done for this club, now and formerly, and for leaving our club in fine order. I join with all our members in wishing you and your family the very best of luck for the future, albeit with a warning for our southern brethren. Doug is an astonishingly gifted angler, and the rivers and lakes of the mainland have only known him as a visitor.
He will be a formidable local.

Doug is, at the time of writing, on the Reel Recovery retreat in Turangi, and we wish him and the group every success.

We also welcome Damon Scott to the AFAC committee, Damon is a fine angler, a great companion on a river, a knowledgeable angler and fly tier with a young family, and he is looking forward to working with us all.

I would also like to acknowledge the arrival of our new secretary, Richard Hall, who has stepped up very well indeed, filling the shoes of Morgan McCauley who has also served us

faithfully for many months. Thank you, Morgan, for your selfless service, we wish you every success in the future and hope to see you on the water.

We remind all that the Christmas function, again ably organized by lifetime member John Stevenson, will occur on the 14th December at 7pm at the Rod and Reel clubrooms in Newmarket. Bookings must be made, to confirm numbers attending.
Please book by paying $35 per person attending and using your NAME and the word XMAS as reference, for our esteemed Treasurer to decipher.

The party will see the draw of the raffle for the Neil Hirtzel rod and other prizes.

Membership Subs for the year were due on October 1st, so if you have not paid yet please do so as soon as possible. $55 per senior and $65 for family membership, please use NAME and the word SUBS, as reference for Brian.

Our Bank Account for both transactions is 03 1527 0105380 00

Upcoming trips are the Waioeka River on 27-29th December, and in February 19-21st, the Houhora Saltwater fly trip, led by our superb salt specialist, Justin Corric.

John has a great calendar planned for 2021 including the Tukituki River in April, where we will be hosted by the Hastings Anglers club. Details from John Stevenson.

Please remember to bring in your flies to Rod and Reel for the Fly-Tying Competition and also send in photos for the the annual photo competition.

November’s Club meeting is Monday 9th at Rod and Reel Newmarket, and I urge you to attend to meet your fellows and plan your summer.

Justin Corric and the fine folk from Rod and Reel will be talking about the

Nu Canoe deal for members that is truly world-beating, and they will take all manner of questions on gear and techniques, and even places to fish – if you push hard enough.

I remind the club that there is no meeting in January of 2021; hopefully, we will be too busy fishing.

Enjoy Riffles, and if this is your first time finding the magazine or AFAC, I would urge you to come along to Rod and Reel, 480 D Broadway, Newmarket on Monday the 9th November from 6.30pm. Meet your fellow anglers and pick up tips and locations and maybe plan that weekend away.

The Turangi House is taking bookings and new curtains throughout is on the agenda as soon as we can organise it.

I think that is it for my inaugural First Cast, and I hope I can live up the examples set for the presidents who preceded me. At some stage you will even get a vote!

Cheers and tight lines, all.

Peter Elliott

President, AFAC