Presidents Quill

First Cast april 2019


I wrote last month’s First Cast while sitting on the new decking at Turangi house and as I said last month, it is a great improvement and I am sure many an ale will be consumed on it. Also, to be discussed at committee level is the need for new spouting as even with the morning dew, it has a leak onto our new deck. Mark is going to investigate this for us. According to Doug booking have been great and now the lodge is our prime source of income.

Our guest speaker for March was David McLellan and for those members who attended we were treated to a master fly fisher imparting his wealth of knowledge through stories of how he developed as a fly fisher. I urge members to buy his book as he has done a great job in taking the mystery out of our sport and looking at flies and methods from the fish’s point of view and not from the accepted norm.

This month we have Brian Young who is a guide and has been a competition fly fisher. In keeping with our club’s new interest in salt water fly fishing I remember speaking to Brian that I had been out in the brine with Hirtzel and caught Snapper while jigging. Brian advised me he had been guiding and had a great day fly fishing for Snapper with most fish caught much larger than we had encountered. As our club trip is in salt water this month, please come to the meeting to be enlightened as we can all learn.

As mentioned above our club trip is on the 28th of April and our meeting place is the end of Victoria Ave Remuera meeting at 8.00am to catch the tide. Mark Worthington has been fishing this area with success on Snapper and Kahawai. As this is a single day trip, bring something to eat and drink.

John Stevenson reported that the Waipa trip had Nigel Juby helping and it would have been great to have been on it. Louise Stuart has written her experiences of this trip so thanks to her.

I do look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

John Rumpf