Presidents Quill

FIRST CAST September 2020

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of Riffles.


Who would have thought that after our AGM we would be thrust back into a Level 3 Covid-19 lockdown? With Auckland remaining at Level 2.5, it is too uncertain for us to have our usual Club meeting without knowing that the controls may or may not be relaxed before 14th September.

Level 2.5 restricts social gatherings to no more than 10 people. A usual turn-out for a club meeting would compromise Rod and Reel’s health and safety obligations also.
So, reluctantly, we will need to cancel the September meeting and look forward to the 12th October.Rob Vaz was to be our speaker for September and at this stage is tentatively lined up for October. Rob is Based in Hamilton and has huge experience around the region and is a great photographer too. Check out Rob’s website Rob plans to give out some tips and tricks, local fishing opportunities and answer any queries you may have.

I noted last month that Morgan McCauley was not standing for re-election as Club Secretary. We were not able to formally elect a new secretary at the AGM however, in the interim, Richard Hall has put himself forward to take up the role. So, thank you Richard and welcome to the Committee.

You will have received an email regarding this month’s club trip and initial details for October and November trips. If you are interested in attending any of the trips organised by John Stevenson, then please do let him know to secure your place. 18-20 September will see a trip to the Tongariro River as outlined in John’s trip advice.

Covid-19 lockdowns and the uncertainty they create, has seen the Kai Iwi Lakes Fishing competition for 2-4 October cancelled.

Do note the media release in this edition from the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) regarding re-emerging proposals supporting commercial farming of trout. As anglers, we must remain engaged and vigilant on this issue. Keep an eye out for any calls for support and voice your views on the matter.

Neil Hirtzel has kindly donated a handcrafted 9ft 4-piece, 6 weight fly rod for AFAC to raffle.Tickets will be available at club nights until we have sold 100 tickets @ $5.00 each.

The rod will be available to view at the October club meeting.


In the meantime, do take care.

NB:Please note that the club meeting on the 12th October has been cancelled while we are still in Covid-19 – level 2.5

Tight lines!

Doug Snell

President, AFAC