Presidents Quill

First Cast october 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Riffles and the start of the new Fish & Game season! I hope you have been able to get out and wet a line.



1st of October is not only the start of the new season but also renewal time for your AFAC Membership for the 19/20 year. For those who make payment between now and the end of December 2019, you will receive a copy of New Zealand’s Best Trout Flies edited by our own Peter Chan. A wonderful book and a must have source of great local knowledge for any angler. Single member is $55.00 and family $65.00 please note your name and state subs with your internet banking payment.



This month, we have two speakers.

Firstly, Lyne Trudeau from Montreal Canada who is visiting NZ to see family and is to give us a short talk on the latest tying materials from UniProducts and will have some samples to give away. Some of you may recall Lyne talked to the Club a couple of years ago about Atlantic Salmon fishing in Canada.


Secondly, we have Dan Burt presenting as one of the founders of Strip Strike in Auckland a few years ago. Dan is an avid saltwater fly-fishing exponent and saltwater fly tier who will give us insights to local land-based spots around Auckland and useful techniques to take advantage over the coming summer months and beyond.

The October Club trip is to the Mangatutu River in the South Waikato and will be a day trip only. John Stevenson will have details on the website and is seeking registrations from those wanting to attend. Please do check out the website and contact John through the booking system or email

The “Mangatoot” for those who don’t know it, is a wonderful stony bottomed stream that feeds into the Waipa system. Easily waded and crossed as it meanders through open farmland. The stream holds both brown and rainbow trout up some considerable size and all with a solid amount of go in them.

Some of the older members may remember Willy Gailer as a former club member. Willy passed away in 2004 and now his family has very kindly donated Willy’s multiple fly boxes, flies and fly-tying materials to AFAC as a fund raiser.

We will have the large number of items on display and run a silent auction during the evening, so please bring some cash on the night and enjoy some treasure.

Please do remember to submit entries to the Rod & Reel fly tying trophy competition –

  1. Dry fly: Deer Hair Cicada ,
  2. Nymph: Simon’s Ugly,
  3. For the first time, a saltwater fly, Clouser Deep Minnow,
  4. Plus, a fly of your choice.


All submissions are to be handed in to Rod & Reel by November club night. Stephen Kerr and I will judge the entries – and no, I won’t be entering this year!

The winning entry will receive a $50/- voucher from Rod & Reel, and the second prize is a free fly-tying lesson.

The Club Christmas function and prizegiving is scheduled for 9th December meeting. Please return all cups and trophies no later than the November meeting so the cups can be attended to for this year’s winners.

We will have the usual sausage sizzle free of charge from 6.30 P.M. on and there’ll be a gold coin system in pay for beverages.

Don’t forget to bring along some cash for the raffles and we look forward to seeing you on the 14th October at Rod & Reel, Newmarket.

Tight lines!


Doug Snell

President, AFAC