The Quamby Fly Fishers Club is holding its 6th Annual Open Day at the Meander Hall on Sunday June 22 from 10am to 3 pm.  A warm invitation is extended to anyone currently involved in fishing or those who would like to get involved in this wonderful pastime.
The Club's name may suggest that it might be a bit elitist and interested only in fly fishing.  However, Club President, Grant Flowers, stresses that this is not the case and that members use a whole range of fishing methods, including spinning, soft plastics and bait, depending on the conditions.
Mr Flowers went on to say "The Club is keen to promote responsible fishing including the concept of catch-and-release.  This does not preclude taking home a feed of trout for tea but it does encourage the idea of not killing everything that is caught and maintaining a sustainable fishery into the future."
People attending the Open Day will be able to obtain information from experienced Club members about all things fishing at any level from the rank beginner to the experienced angler.  Several members have competed in fly fishing championships at international, national and state level so they have a wealth of knowledge to draw on.  Demonstrations and advice will cover fly tying and entomology, casting, knots, gear selection, spinning, cleaning and filleting, where and when to fish, etc.  There will also be ample time for practice of some of these activities under expert tuition.
A feature of the day will be the attendance of Josh Flowers, the 18 year old Club member who won the Australian Fly Fishing Championships last year.  Josh is keen to help people with casting and fly tying or just talk fishing.  Proceeds from the Open Day will go towards Josh's expenses when he represents Australia at the World Fly Fishing Championships in Bosnia in 2015.
Another opportunity not to be missed will be to learn some tricks of the trade from Club member and commercial fly tier, Trevor Berne, who will discuss the insects that trout feed on.
President Grant Flowers concluded by saying "There will be something for everyone so please come along, make the most of the opportunity, and at the same time support our own Australian Champion.  If possible please advise one of the contacts below if you are coming but otherwise feel free to just turn up on the day."
  • When: Sunday June 22
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Venue: Meander Memorial Hall, Meander
  • Cost: Entry - gold coin donation
  • Lunch: BBQ - gold coin donation
  • Inquiries: Grant Flowers 0407 555 291, Chris King 0407 687 033
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