Presidents Quill

First Cast February 2019


Welcome to 2019 and I trust everyone had a happy and safe Xmas and New Year. I also hope you had a chance to wet a line and were had a few fish to boot. My Xmas was a very quiet one as the engine warning light came on in my car and as a result, I have bought a new one.

At the beginning of December I was privileged to travel to Tasmania with the NZ fly fishing team one year out from the World Fly Fishing Championships. It is fantastic to fish with New Zealand’s finest fly fishers and to fish the lakes and rivers that I had not fished for many years. It was great to introduce the Kiwi team to so many of my friends that I had not had contact with since I came to NZ. I think the NZ team is in a position to do very well in 2019 with the experience they had gained from this trip.

For those that attended our annual dinner it again a great success and full marks should go to Ron Holmes for his great organizational skills. Thanks, Ron, for a job well done. Johannes Krill was guest speaker and did a fantastic job of showing how lucky we are to live in New Zealand. Johannes’s talk involved a country by country account of the fly fishing available across Europe, the rules and the cost involved.

Ian Rodger has done a Stirling job in making the Puniu hut available to club members again and he is publishing in Riffles the rules and contact details involved for members to take advantage of the great fishing in this river.

Mark Worthington has organized a combination lock for the front door of the club lodge at Turangi. The reason for this is that keys have been missing from the lock box and for anyone staying there, the combination is the same as that from the lock box. Mark is also obtaining quotes to replace the decking at the back of the house as the existing wood work in dangerous.

Following our clubs name change and the rented interest in Salt Water, our guest speaker is Neil Hirtzel who will be enlightening us to his experience on Christmas Island. This location is on my bucket list as most of my friends have been and I would love to know as much as I can about the fishing there.

Our club trip for Feb. has been put back due to a lack of accommodation at Rotorua. John Stevenson has organized accommodation at Rainbow Springs for the 1st and 2nd of March. This location gives members the option of fishing either the river or the lake. John mentioned to me that Rotorua Anglers Club have a get together on every Friday night at their club rooms. I have attended this night a number of times and if you can attend, it is always fantastic to catch up with likeminded anglers who know the area and where the fish are and how to catch them.

See you at the club on Monday night and for those interested in improving your casting, as it is still daylight savings, I will be on the hill from 6.30 with a couple of outfits to help you.

John Rumpf