Presidents Quill


Welcome to the July 2020 edition of Riffles.

We will be starting the evening at the usual 7.00 pm at Rod and Reel so do come along earlier to enjoy a sausage and a drink before the evening proceeding commence.

The winter season is properly with us and with that comes excursions to some of our bigger rivers. This month, we have an article on safe wading lifted from the latest Department of Conservation newsletter that will give you all a reminder on what precautions we need to make to stay safe and dry when wading!

This month, we are fortunate to have Alan Bulmer as our guest speaker for the club meeting. Alan will be familiar to some of you through his website

Alan’s website holds a goldmine of salt and freshwater flyfishing information that is presented beautifully and is a wonderful resource to those wanting to learn.

Alan is going to talk to us about fishing the saltwater flats and will get us thinking about what preparation is needed for the coming season.

Our July club trip is to the Tauranga-Taupo River with us staying at Kereru Lodge. John Stevenson will provide an update at the meeting. Past trips have proved a highlight for those attending since the TT is such a wonderful river for anglers of all abilities.

The new Taupō District fishing season kicked off from 1 July. The fishing this year has been exceptional with anglers reporting plenty of large well-conditioned fish and indications suggest there are plenty more to come. You can get ready for the start of the new season by purchasing your 2020-2021 licence now –

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 club meeting. Anyone who has seen Neil’s craftsmanship will know just how good his rods are.

This month will be your last opportunity to pick through the Club’s remaining library books. So do bring along some gold coins and enjoy a bargain or two!

The club AGM is to be held on 10th August 2020. Advance notice of the meeting out to members shortly. If you have any remits or general business that you wish to put to the meeting, then please put your thoughts together to submit in time.

In the meantime, do take care and I look forward to seeing you at Rod and Reel prior to 7.00 P.M. on 13th July



Doug Snell

President, AFAC