Presidents Quill

First Cast march 2020


Welcome to the March 2020 edition of Riffles.

The extended dry summer has put quite a lot of pressure on some waterways and lakes making some fishing challenging and other venues like Lake Rotorua go off as fish seek the cooler water of spring streams.This month, we are fortunate to have Andrew Burden from Flytackle NZ come to present to the Club. Many of you will know of Andrew from his daily video updates on the Tongariro shown on Facebook. Andrew is an accomplished fly-fishing guide and is intimately familiar with fishing options throughout the Central Plateau and will share his thoughts on locations and techniques along with some of his favourite gear options!

Some of you may be aware that long-time Club member, Laurence Oliver passed away on Monday 3rd March. Laurence had been very unwell for some time but demonstrated a fearless determination to keep enjoying life and the company of others.
Our thoughts are with Laurence’s family.


This month’s Club trip is being held on the estuary flats at the bottom of Victoria Avenue, Remuera on Sunday morning 15th March. So, look out for details in your email. Do come and give the saltwater option a try out if you haven’t had the experience and you just might get to enjoy a fresh snapper or two!

Reel Recovery held its annual retreat over the last weekend in February for a group of 13 men with cancer. The weekend went very well and was supported by a number of AFAC members acting as river buddies to the participants. The donations from AFAC are greatly appreciated by Reel Recovery NZ and go a long way to making the retreats possible.

The Committee has decided to dispense with maintaining the Club library since there has been little demand from members to use the material. The books and DVDs will be available for purchase at very modest amounts from this month’s meeting onward. So do remember to bring some cash to the meeting.

The Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship is being held from Taupo from 17th to 22nd March, so keep an eye out in social media for updates of the New Zealand Teams’ progress. AFAC members, Tim Rich and Mark Clasper are competing plus several other members are assisting with the organisation, so we wish them well.

We look forward to seeing you on the 9th March at Rod & Reel, Newmarket.

Doug Snell
President, AFAC