World Fly Fishing Championships, Norway 2013 Summary

It is disappointing to travel this far and get such poor fishing. For the Aussies, the planning starts more than 18 months before the event and you can’t help but feel a little deflated once everything is over. A ninth place finish was not what we had hoped for and although a ‘podium’ finish might seem a long way off, it is certainly achievable. There were many lessons learned from this year’s event.

New Reports by Christopher Bassano from the World Fly Fishing Championships

Please find eleven reports from Christopher Bassano.
First Report
I thought I would send you all a quick email from Europe as I had promised I would. As you will know, the team arrived in Norway this morning for two weeks of practice before the official competition week.Unfortunately, I have been unable to join them in Mosjoen as I have been unwell and in hospital since Saturday. It turned out that I had a bad case of gastro and my antibiotics seem to be doing the job. As I am currently in Wales, I will join the team in the evening of the 4th of August.

 Coastal Marine Boat Show Bonananza

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival 2013 – Australian Tour

Be inspired this autumn as RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, the world's most extensive fishing film festival, hits theatres on the Australian leg of its 2013 worldwide tour.

In its 8th year, RISE is on a quest to revel in the diverse world of fly fishing, to connect anglers through shared experience, and to create public awareness of fly fishing's new vibrant emergence. The festival allows the fishing community to share their passion for the sport by attending film screenings across the country. It's the biggest kick-off to the fishing season there is!

Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival

After a very successful first year the annual Tasmanian Family Fishing Festival will be on again on Saturday the 8th of June. The waters of Georges Bay, St Helens will be host to this great family event and what follows is a quick overview of the fish species to target this year as well as a few tips and hints on where and how to catch them.
The flyer for the Festival is available here and more information is available in the Tasmanian Fishing and Boating News April/May edition.

Australian Fly Fishing Museum Now Open

Here is an update.
We held the opening dinner Friday 3 May and it was a huge success.
Rex hunt emceed the night and Tamie Fraser was the guest speaker. We reckon Tamie told the best joke - sorry Rex. A Nick Taransky rod was auctioned for $7250 - perhaps a record for an Australian bamboo rod. It was donated by Nick and had a lovely Ross reel attached and that was donated by Andrew Braithwaite.

Flyfishing World Championships Fundraiser

Next week we will have some tackle to give away, so stay tuned.
Chance to bag some cricket and fishing gear.
I am a member of the Van Dieman Fly Fishers Club and for many years we have had representatives in Australian and World teams.
This year we have four members in the Australian team going to fish the World Championships in Norway.
A fund raiser is being held 1 June and you are invited to attend.
There are some great prizes. See the flyer attached.
Kind regards, Mike Stevens

Australian Fly Fishing Museum Opens May 4th

The Australian Fly Fishing Museum and Clarendon
Clarendon House is one of the most important properties of the National Trust (Tasmania). It was built by James Cox in the 1830s and is an architectural and heritage icon with many unique features. Situated in Tasmania’s northern Midlands, the western side of the property is flanked by the South Esk River and across the river can be seen Symmons Plains. What has this got to do with a fly fishing museum? Fly fishing in Australia is predominately fly fishing for trout and it was James Arndell Youl* from across the river at Symmons Plains who was primarily responsible for the successful acclimatisation of trout in the southern hemisphere.

MEDIA RELEASE - 2013 PIRTEK FISHING CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The fifth Pirtek Fishing Challenge was held on Sunday, 24 March with 7500 anglers from all over Australia competing in the one-day event from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. The Challenge is a catch and release tournament with anglers photographing their prized catch of the day and then uploading the photo for judging. This year there were 20 target species spread across the nation and seven prizes up for grabs for each target species - a total of 140 prizes.

Pirtek Challenge

Well what can i say apart from it rained,.. the fish stayed inside out of the rain. But there were three members of Tassiepaddlers that didnt let the weather or the catching of no fish worry them. These members were Chipz,Spork and Simmo. All i can say it was great company and fantastic time together on and off the water. We got into a harty breakky before the Pirtek Challenge started.

Tom Jenkins Memorial Bluefin Competition

Thursday 25 Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April 2013
This is the final schedule and entry form for the upcoming Tom Jenkins Memorial Bluefin comp to be held at The Tuna Club of Tasmania’s home base, Pirates Bay.
Note- Dinner and mega auction to be held at the Lufra on Friday night and a second briefing for those only wishing to fish 2 days!

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