Presidents Quill

First Cast December 2019


Welcome to the last edition of Riffles for 2019.

The December gathering will be our first Christmas dinner and prize giving at Rod and Reel, Newmarket.

The move to a more central location since July has been well received and the club is enjoying an upswing in the number of members attending, as well as new members joining us. The club’s continued success relies on the support of its members, so thank you for that.

Rene Vaz of Manic Tackle Project is presenting a whole range of new product that is or soon will be available through Rod and Reel. So just in case you thought you had everything you need, Rene has conspired with the likes of Simms, Scott, Lamson, Airflo, and Primal to produce kit that you just must have or at least give your plus one on the night insight to a Christmas present or two or three…

A reminder too please, to have your AFAC membership cards updated once you have paid your subs. You will need to present this to Rod & reel to enjoy the benefit of their generous discount programme to AFAC members. Many of you are well known to the Rod & Reel staff but some less so, which makes it a challenge for staff to respond in the way they would like to members. Sadly, there have been a few incidents of less than gracious demands made on Rod & Reel that we certainly want to avoid.

Stephen Kerr has tied a box full of his magical creations that will be the raffle for December, so please do bring along some gold coins.

We intended to run the Annual Fly-Casting Competition hosted by John Rumpf at the last meeting but due to poor weather, it wasn’t feasible. Accordingly, we will organise a summer event in February 2020 at a venue that is relaxed and with loads of space combined with a BBQ. So do keep an eye out for advice on date and venue.

The Committee is keen to run in-house induction programmes in early 2020 aimed at people new to fly fishing or those seeking a refresh and seeking guidance on what gear, basic skills and know how so they can get involved in fly fishing with confidence. The sessions will be followed up by an on-river skills session such as we ran on the Puniu earlier this year.

The Committee is also lining up some exciting speakers for early next year to both inform and entertain, with a view to align with the monthly trip.

We also welcome any suggestions from you as members on what you would like to have covered at Club nights so we can provide best value and keep you learning.

If you can’t make it to the last club night of 2019 then I do wish you and yours a very happy and safe Christmas break and look forward to seeing you in 2020.

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

Tight lines!

Doug Snell

President, AFAC