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Program - Index Event timetable............................................................................................................. 4 - 5 Welcome from the Governor of Tasmania’s ................................................................. 5 Welcome from Fly Fish Australia................................................................................... 6 Facts about Tasmania.................................................................................................... 8 Welcome from the Minister for Inland Fisheries........................................................... 10 Origins of Tasmania’s Trout........................................................................................... 12 Some Interesting Tasmanian Animals............................................................................ 14 The Venues for the XV Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships............................. 20 The Competitors............................................................................................................ 30 Chairman’s Report - Commonwealth Fly Fishers........................................................... 47 Cover: Artwork by Trevor Hawkins. Fly Fish Australia and the organising committee sincerely thank Trevor for his beautiful work. Program production by Mike Stevens: Stevens Publishing. or 0418 129949.

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Event Timetable TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2012 12 noon — 5.00 p.m. Registration at The Donegal Room Country Club Villas 8.00 p.m. Draw and Captains meeting at the Donegal Room WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2012 7.00 a.m. Practice Day (own transport) 2.00 p.m. Back to Country Club Villas 2.45 p.m. Buses depart for Deloraine (46km – 35mins travel) 4.00 p.m. Parade starts (Deloraine Main Street) 5.00 p.m. Official Opening (Deloraine Soldiers Memorial Park) 6.00 p.m. Evening meal (Buffet – served in Park by River at Deloraine) 8.30 p.m. Captains briefing at the Donegal Room, Country Club Villas THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2012 6.45 a.m. Buses depart the CCV for fishing sectors 2, 3 and 4 7.00 a.m. Buses depart the CCV for fishing sectors 1 and 5 9.00 a.m. Commence fishing - 1st session 12 noon Finish fishing - 1st session 2.15 p.m. Commence fishing - 2nd session 5.15 p.m. Finish fishing – 2nd session 7.00 p.m. Evening meal served in Villa Italiana FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2012 6.45 a.m. Buses depart the CCV for fishing sectors 2, 3 and 4 7.00 a.m. Buses depart the CCV for fishing sectors 1 and 5 9.00 a.m. Commence fishing - 3rd session 12 noon Finish fishing - 3rd session 2.15 p.m. Commence fishing - 4th session 5.15 p.m. Finish fishing - 4th session 7.00 p.m. Evening meal served in Villa Italiana Page 4


SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2012 6.45 a.m. Buses depart the CCV for fishing sectors 2, 3 and 4 7.00 a.m. Buses depart the CCV for fishing sectors 1 and 5 9.00 a.m. Commence fishing - 5th session, 10.00 a.m. Start of Celebrity Fishing event at the Casino Lakes 12 noon Finish fishing - 5th session 12.30 a.m. Start of Fly Fishing Expo at the Country Club Hotel Complex 1.00 p.m. Completion of Celebrity Fishing event 3.00 p.m. Fly Dressing Competition – Fly Fishing Expo Federal Hotels 7.00 p.m. Gala Dinner (Casino Banquet Hall) Presentation of Prizes SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2012 Depart Country Club Villas Fishing sectors: 1: South Esk River. 2: Arthurs Lakes. 3: Woods Lake. 4: Little Pine Lagoon. 5: Meander River.

Welcome from the Governor of Tasmania I would like to extend a warm welcome to the participants of the XV Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships to Tasmania in 2012. Hosting the Commonwealth Championships here in Tasmania gives us the opportunity to personally extend the hand of friendship and strengthen the connections across the Commonwealth. I am very pleased, therefore, to welcome teams from Commonwealth countries including England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore,

South Africa, Malta, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Kiribati and India. The organisers of the event have ensured that the ‘Fishing in Friendship’ theme of the Commonwealth Championships is upheld during the event, providing participants with opportunities to socialise, to meet old friends and to make new ones. I congratulate Fly Fish Australia and the Commonwealth Fly Fishers on their hard work in organising the event, and thank all the sponsors and volunteers who have helped make it happen. Finally, I wish the teams a fair and friendly competition and trust that all those involved enjoy a memorable Championship event. The Honourable Peter Underwood AC Governor of Tasmania


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Welcome from the hosts - Fly Fish Australia On behalf of the Board and Members of Fly Fish Australia it gives me the greatest of pleasure to welcome all participants and guests to Launceston, Tasmania for this the XV Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships. This is the third occasion that Australia has hosted the event. The first was in 1988 at Bronte Park, Tasmania at which event the much prized ‘Friendship Trophy’ was born upon an idea of Jason Garrett Snr. The second was in 1999 at Ballarat, Victoria following the 1999 World Fly Fishing Championships in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales. This event will showcase the pleasure of fly fishing in this glorious part of Australia and will also give all of our angling friends the opportunity to experience the hospitality of the people and the wonders of Tasmania. There have been many people and organisations involved in making this event possible. I wish to extend our sincere gratitude for their enthusiastic support to The Honourable Peter Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania; the Government of Tasmania and in particular Deputy Premier and Minister for Inland Fisheries Bryan Green, the Inland Fisheries Service, Events Tasmania and Meander Valley Council. To our many sponsors whose logos appear Page 6

throughout this commemorative program we thank you for your financial and in-kind support and I encourage all participants to do everything possible to support those sponsors. We also extend our thanks to the communities of the Meander Valley and Central Highlands who have provided their time and support for these Championships. Events such as this do not simply happen. We have been blessed with a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers led by our International Organiser, Malcolm Crosse and supported by his wife Kaylene, both of whom are Life Members of Fly Fish Australia. The organising committee have worked tirelessly preparing for and delivering this event for the enjoyment of all. We thank you. Fly Fish Australia is an organisation built upon friendship and camaraderie in the quest to improve our angling skills. It is in that spirit that we extend the hand of friendship to all our fly fishing friends throughout the Commonwealth and trust you will enjoy many wonderful experiences and take with you many fond memories of your time with us. ‘Tight Lines’ Craig Coltman - NATIONAL PRESIDENT Fly Fish Australia Incorporated - Hosts of the XV Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships – Tasmania, Australia 2012


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HAND MADE in TASMANIA Ideal gift to take

This superb book by Steven French displays and acknowle dges the creative works of many talented and skilled so artisans living and working across Tasmania. Ronnie Burns

More and more we seek the handmade and one-of-akind pieces. These hold-tigh tradition and have been made t to in harmony with our surround Joanna Gair, Paper Maker ings.

You can get a good pay-pack et, but at the end of the day it is all about lifestyle. Being a basket weaver gives me the opportunity to step back, look at—and appreciate the environment that we have here in Tasmania. Debbie Reynolds, Basket Weaver

I love the challenge that creating a perhaps causing us to re-assess teapot presents, the way in which we hold, pour or sip. Dawn Oakford, Ceramic Artist



I see myself making and designing musical instruments for the life, as this is an art in which rest of my you never stop learning. The challenge is to make each instrument better than the last. Daniel Brauchli, Luthier

HaNd madE in TaSm aNIa

This book is a celebration of 39 Tasmanian home. artisans—creative people who take the time to do a good job. It is an insight into why people make things by hand, what inspires them and how they came to be doing what they are doing. You will find knife makers to trout net artists and HaNd madE many more. in TaSmaNIa The book gives you a beautiful look at some of Tasmania’s most creative people. It would make a lovely gift to take home with you. $35.

Commemorative Poster

XV Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships

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Specially designed and produced in a limited number for this event. Beautifully illustrated by Australian angling artist, Trevor Hawkins. The poster is printed on quality paper and shows some of Tasmania’s unique native animals, plus our superb acclimatised trout. $10 Books and posters available at the Expo or at Essential Fly Fisher


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Some facts about Tasmania Tasmania today Tasmania is an Australian island and state. It is 240 kilometres (150 miles) south of the continent. Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world. The State has a population of around 508 000, of whom almost half reside in the greater Hobart precinct. The main island covers 62,409 square kilometres (24,096 sq miles). Tasmania is promoted as the natural state and almost 37% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. The island is 364 kilometres (226 miles) long from its northernmost to its southernmost points, and 306 kilometres (190 miles) from west to east. The state capital and largest city is Hobart. Other major population centres include Launceston in the north and Devonport and Burnie in the northwest. The subantarctic Macquarie Island is also under the administration of the state. Aboriginal settlement At the end of the last ice-age about 9000 years ago the indigenous people were cut off from the mainland and lived in isolation on the islands of what would later be known as Tasmania. There is little evidence that they consumed scale fish for food, but relied on shellfish, crustaceans, possibly seaweed and small Tasmanian marsupials. They were a distinct nation of between 3000 and 7000 in number prior to British settlement. First European discovery 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to discover the island that would later bear his name. On 24 November 1642 Tasman, commanding two ships, sighted Page 8

the west coast. He named his discovery Van Diemens Land, after his superior in Batavia. Tasman sailed south, then east, to the other side of the island and anchored off a spot now called Blackmans Bay. He found evidence of human habitation but made no contact with the Aborigines. On 3 December 1642 he planted a flag to claim formal possession of the land. However he never returned, nor did the Dutch ever make any settlement. British settlement 1803 Captain Cook claimed Australia for Britain in 1777 and then by proclamation, Van Diemen’s Land was included in 1788. It was still another 15 years before the British colonists moved to settle on the island though. Prompted that their claim may be usurped by the French, the British sent a party, including convicts, from Sydney and landed at Risdon Cove in the River Derwent estuary 7 September 1803. European settlement of Van Diemens Land was then underway and there was no real regard for the aboriginals who were the traditional inhabitants. As the European settlers took possession of more and more parcels of land the Aborigines were gradually hounded and killed. The last full-blooded Aborigine, a woman called Truganini, died in 1876, although this was also claimed by Fanny Cochrane Smith who died in 1905. Mixed-blood Aborigines survived and today account for more than three percent of the population of Tasmania. There has been formal acknowledgement of the injustice done to the Aborigines and Tasmania has led Australia in efforts at reconciliation.


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End of convict transportation 1853 Van Diemens Land was valuable to the British for timber and for whaling. They also decided that it was remote enough to be used as a penal colony for hardened criminals. Over a fifty-year period 74,000 convicts were shipped to the island and held on Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast and Port Arthur in the south east. The ruins of Port Arthur are well visited by tourists and a stark reminder of troubled times. Convict transportation to Van Diemens Land ended in 1853.

Welcome from the Minister for Inland Fisheries As Deputy Premier and Minister for Inland Fisheries in the Tasmanian Government, as well as a keen trout fisherman, it is with great pleasure that I welcome the participants of the 2012 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships to Tasmania. I am very pleased that Tasmania’s trout fishery is recognised internationally for its unique qualities, and that this has resulted in the selection by the Commonwealth Fly Fishers Association to host the Championships here. With good rains over the past two seasons, the fishery is in prime condition and I sincerely hope that it lives up to its excellent fishing reputation during the competition. Hosting the Championships gives us the opportunity to extend the hand of friendship to our fly fishing friends around the world and to strengthen the connections between the Commonwealth countries. Knowing that ‘Fishing in Friendship’ is a motto of the Commonwealth Championships, the organisers and sponsors of this event have sought to create plenty of opportunities for Page 10

Renaming Tasmania 1856 In an effort to distance itself from its convict past in 1854 the Legislative Council wrote to Queen Victoria requesting that the name of the colony be changed to Tasmania in recognition of Abel Tasman, the first European to have discovered the island some 200 years earlier. On 1 January 1856 the change of name to Tasmania was formalised.

participants to socialise and have fun—as well as fish competitively in the competition. Hence, in addition to the fly fishing competition, the program includes a celebrity fishing event and a fly fishing expo as well as a formal dinner and fly tying competition. From a marketing viewpoint, the event gives us an opportunity to showcase our wild trout fishery and to build awareness of what Tasmania has to offer anglers on the world stage. The State Government has recognised the significance of this and is wholeheartedly supporting Fly Fish Australia in organising the event. Besides raising the profile of the fishery amongst international anglers, it is sure to provide an immediate benefit for local businesses in regional areas by increasing visitation during February. I would like to take this opportunity to wish competitors the best of luck in the fly fishing competition. I would also encourage them to stay longer in Tasmania or return again to fish and holiday here in future years, and enjoy the many wonderful tourism attractions on offer. Bryan Green – Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries


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Origins of Tasmania’s Trout Trout are not native to Tasmania, nor anywhere else in the southern hemisphere. Brown trout were introduced from England and rainbows from North America. The early settlers to Tasmania realised that their new home – with its cool climate and abundant lakes and rivers – was ideally suited to the fish from their homeland. In 1861, six Salmon Commissioners were appointed to oversee the acclimatisation of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) into Tasmania. The Salmon Commission built the Salmon Ponds hatchery on the Plenty River, a tributary of the Derwent River, to receive salmon eggs sent from England. After a number of failed attempts to transport live eggs, the first successful shipment arrived at the Ponds in April 1864 and the first trout were hatched 4 May. The eggs had been carefully packed between layers of moss, crushed ice and charcoal in small perforated boxes and shipped aboard the Norfolk. A small number of brown trout (Salmo trutta) eggs were included, and were hatched and raised alongside the salmon. The salmon, however, which are a migratory fish did not establish in Tasmania, but the trout formed sustainable populations and quickly spread throughout the State’s lakes and rivers. These fish formed the foundation of Tasmania’s renowned trout fishery. Brown trout ova from the Ponds were later used to establish hatcheries throughout Australia and New Zealand. The introduction of rainbow trout is less well known and there are a number of Page 12

A wild Tasmanian brown trout

conflicting stories. It is with reasonable certainty that it was around 1897 or 1898 and they came from New Zealand, where they were introduced from North America. Likewise brook trout, or char, were also obtained via New Zealand around 1883. Today, the Salmon Ponds continues to operate, but as a display area rather than a serious hatchery. The Inland Fisheries Service recently constructed a modern hatchery just a few kilometres away at its headquarters at New Norfolk to supplement Tasmania’s recreational fishery. Eggs collected from wild trout, are hatched and raised until the fish are between the size of a match (called fry) and a finger (fingerlings). These fish are then released into lakes and dams around Tasmania, continuing to boost natural stocks for the recreational fishery. The Salmon Ponds was originally designed as a display hatchery and it has remained open to the public. Set amidst mature European trees, the historic buildings and ponds, Angling Museum and Anglers Hall of Fame, are a worthy attraction for Tasmanian families, tourists and angling enthusiasts.


Untouched. Unspoilt. Unbelievable. In 1864, a handful of British trout was released into the Tasmanian wilderness. Their eggs had been carefully packed between layers of moss, crushed ice and charcoal and shipped from England aboard the Norfolk. These fish formed the foundation of Tasmania’s renowned wild trout fishery, and their direct descendants are now waiting for you to entice them onto your line. During the 2012 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, Tasmania gets the opportunity to showcase its world-class wild trout fishery – a fishery that offers premium fish, pristine waters, unspoilt environment and an unbelievable choice of fishing experiences. Trout Fish Tasmania – since 1864 ‘FISHING IN FRIENDSHIP’

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Animals you might see in Tasmania Mammals of Tasmania

Tasmania has many unique mammals found nowhere else in the world. Some, like the Tasmanian devil and extinct Tasmanian tiger are well-known. Others, such as the eastern quoll, Tasmanian

pademelon and bettong are less well-known, but equally fascinating. There are many species which have become, or are on the verge of extinction on mainland Australia. The lack of introduced predators and

Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus harrisii The Tasmanian devil cannot be mistaken for any other marsupial. Its spine-chilling screeches, black colour, and reputed bad-temper, led the early European settlers to call it The Devil. Although only the size of a small dog, it can sound and look incredibly fierce. It is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. It has a thickset, squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. The fur is mostly black, but white markings often occur on the rump and chest. Body size also varies greatly, depending on the diet and habitat. Males are usually larger than females. Large males weigh up to 12 kg, and stand about 30 cm high at the shoulder. Devils once occurred on mainland Australia, but it is believed the devil became extinct on the mainland some 400 years ago – before European settlement. Today the devil is a Tasmanian icon. But it hasn’t always held this status. Tasmanian devils were considered a nuisance by early European settlers of Hobart Town, who complained of raids on poultry yards. In 1930 the Van Diemen’s Land Co. introduced a bounty scheme to remove devils, as well as Tasmanian tigers and wild dogs, from their northwest properties: 2/6 (25 cents) for male devils and 3/6 (35 cents) for females. Page 14

the relatively large amount of intact habitat on the island, make Tasmania a final refuge - a last chance - for many species. There are 33 native terrestrial and 41 marine mammals which are known to occur in Tasmania.

For more than a century, devils were trapped and poisoned. They became very rare, seemingly headed for extinction. But the population gradually increased after they were protected by law in June 1941. Devil numbers have dropped dramatically since the 1996 identification of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) - a fatal condition in Tasmanian devils, characterised by cancers around the mouth and head. Despite the marked decline in numbers in the past 10 years, very low populations of Tasmanian devils are persisting and they remain widespread in Tasmania from the coast to the mountains. They live in coastal heath, open dry sclerophyll forest, and mixed sclerophyll-rainforest - in fact, almost anywhere they can hide and find shelter by day and food at night. The devil is an opportunistic feeder. Powerful jaws and teeth enable it to completely devour its prey - bones, fur and all. Wallabies and various small mammals and birds are eaten either as carrion or prey. Reptiles, amphibians, insects and even sea squirts have been found in the stomachs of wild devils. Carcasses of sheep and cattle provide food in farming areas. Devils are famous for their rowdy communal feeding at carcasses - the noise and displays being used to establish dominance amongst the pack. It is nocturnal and during the day it usually hides in a den, or dense bush. It roams


considerable distances, up to 16 km, along well-defined trails in search of food. It usually ambles slowly with a characteristic gait but can gallop quickly with both hind feet together. Although not territorial, devils have a home range. The famous gape or yawn of the devil that looks so threatening, can be misleading. This display is performed more from fear and uncertainty than from aggression. The devil makes a variety of fierce noises, from harsh coughs and snarls to high pitched screeches. Many of these spectacular behaviours are bluff and part of a ritual to minimise harmful fighting when feeding communally at a large carcass. It is classified as specially protected in Tasmania. Platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus The platypus, with its duck bill and webbed feet, is a unique Australian animal. It and echidnas, both found in Tasmania, are the only monotremes or egg-laying mammals to be found on earth. The monotremes have lower body temperatures than other mammals and have legs which extend out, then vertically below them, resulting in a gait that resembles a reptilian waddle rather than a straight-line gait. These features, together with their egg-laying, are more like that of a lizard than a mammal. Platypus are readily identified by their streamlined body, webbed feet, broad tail and characteristic muzzle or bill which is rubbery and contains no true teeth. Since platypus dive repeatedly for food, they generally are only sighted (the top of their head, back and tail) when they briefly return to the surface to breathe. An adult platypus varies from 45 to 60 cm in length, with females generally smaller than males. They have two layers of fur - a dense waterproof outer coat and a grey woolly underfur for insulation. The tail fur is coarse and bristly. The webbed fore-paw is used for

swimming, and on land, the skin, which extends beyond the long claws, is folded back to enable the animal to walk or burrow. The webbing on the hind foot does not extend beyond the bases of the claws and this foot is used mainly for steering and to tread water. The tail acts as a powerful rudder when swimming and also aids the animal when diving. The male has a spur on the inner side of each hind limb, which is connected to a poisonous gland used to inflict wounds on natural enemies and other males. The poison is capable of inflicting a very painful injury to humans. Platypus only open their eyes above water and are particularly good at detecting movement on the river bank. Their hearing is also acute, with a range of hearing similar to the frequencies that humans can detect, but with sensitivity to lower frequency sounds that we can’t hear. Underwater platypus rely on touch and a special sixth sense called electroreception. Monotremes are the only mammals to have developed electro-reception. The platypus is protected throughout Australia. Echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus Echidnas, or spiny ant eaters as they are sometimes known, are common and widespread and can live anywhere that there is a supply of ants. Echidnas are 30 to 45 cm in length and weigh between 2 and 5 kg with Tasmanian animals being larger than their Australian mainland counterparts. The body, with the exception of the underside, face and legs, is covered with cream coloured spines. These spines, which reach 5 cm in length, are in fact modified hairs. Insulation is provided by fur between the spines which ranges in colour from honey to a dark reddish-brown and even black. The echidna is particularly common in dry open country on the east coast. It is also found on open heathlands and in forests and can sometimes be seen slowly wandering along roadsides in its characteristic rolling gait. It is shy and moves slowly and carefully, but can usually be approached by treading softly. It


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the roof of the mouth and on the back of the tongue and licked up. Despite their covering of spines they do have natural predators such as eagles and Tasmanian devils. They were a favourite food of Aboriginal people and early white settlers although they are now wholly protected. Eastern Quoll, Dasyurus viverrinus Male eastern quolls are about the size of a small domestic cat averaging 60 cm in length and 1.3 kg in weight; females are slightly smaller. They have thick, soft fur that is coloured fawn, brown or black. Small white spots cover the body except for the bushy tail which may have a white tip. Compared to the

is solitary for most of the year but at mating time several males may follow a female. In the warmer parts of Australia it is completely nocturnal, while echidnas in southern Australia and Tasmania are often active during the day, particularly during winter. If disturbed, echidnas will usually lower the head, and with vigorous digging, sink rapidly into the ground leaving only the spines exposed. On hard surfaces they will curl into a ball - presenting defensive spines in every direction. The echidna is adapted for very rapid digging, having short limbs and powerful claws. The claws on the hind feet are elongated and curve backwards; to enable cleaning and grooming between the spines. Surprisingly, echidnas are good swimmers. Male echidnas, like their relative the platypus, have a spur on each hindfoot. However, their spurs are blunt and the venom gland is not functional. The diet of echidnas is largely made up of ants and termites, although, they will eat other invertebrates especially grubs, larvae and worms. The strong forepaws are used to open up the ant or termite nest and a rapidly moving 15 cm tongue covered with a layer of sticky mucous, hence the name Tachyglossus meaning ‘fast tongue’ gathers any insects to be found. The jaws are narrow and toothless so food is crushed between hard pads which lie in Page 16

related spotted-tail quoll, the eastern quoll is slightly built with a pointed muzzle. The eastern quoll (or native cat, as it is sometimes called) has two colour phases ginger-brown or black, both with white spots on the body but not the tail. Eastern quolls once occurred on mainland Australia, but is widespread and locally common in Tasmania. It is found in a variety of habitats including rainforest, heathland, alpine areas and scrub. However, it seems to prefer dry grassland and forest mosaics which are bounded by agricultural land. The eastern quoll is largely solitary. It hunts and scavenges, feeding largely on invertebrates, especially agricultural pests such as the cockchafer beetle and corbie grub. Eastern quolls are nocturnal and only occasionally forage or bask during daylight. During the day they sleep in nests made under rocks in underground burrows or fallen logs. Eastern quolls sometimes scavenge morsels of food from around feeding devils. Carrion and some fruits are also eaten.


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The eastern quoll is classed as vulnerable under federal legislation, and protected wildlife under Tasmanian state legislation. Feral cats directly compete with quolls, potentially forcing the eastern quoll from its habitat. Dogs, collision with vehicles, and illegal poisoning or trapping by poultry owners are also causing declines. Tasmanian Pademelon, Thylogale billardierii The pademelon is a stocky animal with a relatively short tail and legs to aid its movement through dense vegetation. It ranges in colour from dark-brown to grey-brown above and has a red-brown belly. Males, which are considerably larger than females, have a muscular chest and forearms, and reach up to 12 kg in weight and 1 - 1.2 m in overall length, including the tail. Females average 3.9 kg in weight.

The unusual common name, pademelon, is of Aboriginal derivation. It is also sometimes referred to as the rufous wallaby. Pademelons are solitary and nocturnal, spending the hours of daylight in thick vegetation. Rainforest and wet forest is the preferred habitat, however, they can be found in most vegetated areas adjoining agricultural land where feeding occurs after dark at the expense of the farmer. The species is abundant and widespread throughout the state of Tasmania. The diet of the pademelon consists of herbs and green shoots, with short green grasses being preferred. Pademelons were undoubtedly important in the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) diet as well as in the diet of Tasmanian devils, spotted-tailed quolls and wedge-tailed eagles. Page 18

Although there is no specific breeding season, 70% of pademelon births occur around the beginning of winter. This species is extinct on mainland Australia because of predation by foxes and large scale land clearance. Classified as partially protected, hunting is permitted and the meat is palatable. Tasmanian Native Hen, Gallinula mortierii The Tasmanian native hen is a distant relative of the domestic hen. It is found only in Tasmania, being distributed throughout the State except for the west and southwest. It ranges from the coast to areas 1000 m above sea level. Like the thylacine and Tasmanian devil, native hens became extinct on the mainland around the time the dingo arrived in Australia.

Tasmanian native hens are most common on marshes, river flats and near fresh water streams and rivers. Their ideal habitat is short, grazed pasture and damp pasture near streams with grassy vegetation for nesting. Although they cannot fly, they are good swimmers and very fast runners. When a native hen senses danger they often flick their tail to warn others and if chased will seek the shelter of grass or reeds. Using their short wings for balance, they are capable of running at 50 km per hour. A native hen stands about 45 cm tall, has a pale yellow bill and a bright red eye. They are coloured green-brown above and slate-grey on the flanks with white flashes. The tail and abdomen are black. Although native hens prefer open country around lagoons, water courses and pastures, they may visit urban gardens. They usually feed at dawn and dusk on grasses and seeds. Insects are eaten by young native hens.


White-Breasted Sea Eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster One of Tasmania’s most spectacular birds - the white-breasted sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) - has a wing span sometimes exceeding 2 m and a weight of up to 4.5 kg. Adults are basically black and white under, and grey over the wings, with a white belly. Immatures are mottled pale brown and take 5 years to reach adult plumage. The bare legs and feet are heavily scaled as armour. The soles have tiny spikes to aid in grasping slippery prey. Powerful talons, a large hooked beak and hazel eyes complete the picture. Their eye sight is

extremely acute. Sea eagles flap slowly and soar or glide with their wings held in a shallow V. Sea eagles are not actually true eagles (which have feathered legs) but giant kites. The only species an adult sea eagle could be confused with is the smaller osprey (which does not occur in Tasmania). A juvenile sea eagle can be confused with a wedge-tailed eagle but look for the sea eagles short, white tail and strongly patterned underwing. Adults are largely sedentary (not migratory) and will defend an area of about 3 km2 (the territory) around the nest against other adults. A larger area, up to 150 km2 (the home range), is also used for hunting but is not defended. Almost all hunting is done by a gliding attack from a prominent perch. Sea eagles find it very hard to take off from the water so when hunting fish, eels or penguins they snatch them from the surface or the edge of the beach. Half their own weight can be carried in flight. Piracy and scavenging by eagles is common. In Tasmania most nests are in large, sheltered eucalypts. Exceptions are rocky outcrops on small islands. Each season nests are repaired and added to. Old nests may be enormous, up to 4.5 m (14 ft) deep and 2.5 m (8 ft) wide!

Nests serve as breeding, feeding and sleeping platforms and act as territorial flags. Pairs mate for life. There are about 200 pairs in Tasmania. On average each pair will produce less than one young per year (some have none, some two). Overall, the species is secure, due mainly to its diverse breeding and feeding habits. Green Rosella, Platycercus caledonicus The Green Rosella is Australia’s largest rosella (330-370mm). The upper parts are dark mottled green and black, the head, neck and underparts are yellow. There is a red forehead patch above the beak and a blue cheek patch. The wings have a blue shoulder patch. Females are slightly duller, while juveniles are mainly green.

The Green Rosella occurs throughout a wide range of forest types, from the mountains to the coast. Although its diet consists largely of seeds, it also feeds on fruits, buds and berries, nectar, insects and larvae. It often comes to the ground to feed.

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Arthurs Lake

The Venues

Arthurs Lake is Tasmania’s most popular trout fishery, receiving more anglers each year than any other water in the State. It was created in the mid 1960s for hydro electricity generation by damming the upper Lake River and flooding the area that originally contained two lakes, Blue Lake and Sand Lake, and the Morass Marsh. The fishery is managed by the Inland Fisheries Service as a premium wild trout fishery and is known for its good catch rate of wild brown trout. The brown trout population is self-sustaining with ample recruitment coming from the creeks that flow into the northern and western shores. Fish condition is generally high throughout the season with an average size range of 0.8 to 1 kg however trout in excess of 4 kg are generally taken each year. Experienced anglers catch significantly more than the average 2 fish per day, particularly during prolific mayfly (Highland dun) and gum beetle hatches in summer. Recommended flies include Sloane’s foam beetle, various dun patterns and 12 and 14 sized nymphs. Wet flies including woolly buggers, yetis and traditional Loch style wets will all take fish. Arthurs Lake is currently experiencing record high water levels with large areas of newly inundated marsh and timber providing excellent trout habitat. There is a significant amount of sunken timber and dead trees, particularly around the Morass area. Cowpaddock Bay is amongst the most popular and productive spots for shore based fly fishers especially during the mayfly season (November to February). Fly-fishing covers the full spectrum of the sport from Page 20

polaroiding cruisers to dun feeders, galaxiid feeders and loch style fishing from a boat. Recommended areas include Hydro Bay, Creely Bay, Tea Tree Bay, Morass Bay and the Eastern side of Brazendale Island. Boating anglers should be aware that the lake is exposed to all wind directions and can get very rough. Hazardous weather conditions can occur at any time of the year with little warning and there are hazards for boating due to sunken debris. Observe the 5-knot speed limit north of the power lines in Cowpaddock Bay and the no boating zones within 30 metres of the Arthurs Lake Dam and the Pump House. Fishing from a boat within 100 metres of an angler fishing from the shore is prohibited unless the boat is securely moored. It is an offence to take fish in any water flowing into Arthurs Lake and within a 50 m radius of where they flow into the lake. The bag limit is 12 fish per day and the minimum fish length is 220 mm. The saddled galaxias (Galaxias tanycephalus) and Arthurs paragalaxias (Paragalaxias mesotes) are two species of indigenous fish found only in Arthurs Lake and the nearby Woods Lake. Both are threatened and listed as vulnerable and endangered under State and Commonwealth threatened species legislation. They commonly grow to between 60-80 mm. Information on current lake levels for Arthurs Lake including metres from full and trend (rising, falling, steady) is available from, while information on current weather at Arthurs Lake is available at or view the Arthurs Lake Webcam located at Pumphouse Bay by logging on to





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Woods Lake


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Two species of indigenous fish are endemic to Woods Lake and nearby Arthurs Lake, the saddled galaxias (Galaxias tanycephalus) and Arthurs paragalaxias (Paragalaxias mesotes). Both species are listed under State and Commonwealth threatened species legislation. They commonly grow to between 60 and 80 mm in length. Woods Lake can be reached by turning off the B51 to Arthurs Lake Dam, follow the road past the dam for approximately 15 km. This is a gravel road that is steep in sections. It is recommended that 4wd vehicles be used for towing boats. Information on current lake levels for Woods Lake including metres from full and trend (rising, falling, steady) is available from:

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Little Pine Lagoon Little Pine Lagoon is a small and popular fishery designated for fly-fishing only. The lagoon was created by the erection of a low profile dam across the Little Pine River to divert water down Monpeelyata Canal to Lake Echo. The lagoon is shallow and weedy and is highly productive. The brown trout population is sustained entirely by natural recruitment with most fish being 0.5 to 1.5 kg. There is much to offer anglers whether they fish from the shore or a boat. Little Pine Lagoon is very shallow with an average depth of approximately 1 m. Therefore, boat anglers should always observe the 5 knot speed limit. Little Pine Lagoon is managed as a Premium Wild Trout Fishery. A bag limit of 5 fish per angler per day applies and the minimum fish length is 220 mm. When water levels are moderately high, fish can be seen ‘tailing’ along the water’s edge. Anglers should scout the shallow margins for signs of fish before wading into the lagoon, particularly at first light and late afternoon. All of the lagoon’s shoreline will produce fish although the Road Shore, Untouchables Shore, Cricket Pitch Shore and Tailers Shore are the most popular areas. Various wet flies and nymph patterns fished inert are successful. During summer (December – March) prolific hatches of mayfly occur across the entire lagoon and trout rise freely to take the emerging duns. Emerger fly patterns and various dry flies account for many caught fish. Polaroiding these cruising fish from a boat is an effective method. All the shoreline can be easily accessed by foot and boat fishing is popular, especially with a team of wet flies, which often accounts for good bags of fish.

Your Guarantee of Quality Guides and Lodges The finest and most respected trout fishing guides and lodges in Tasmania. All members are committed to providing you with the best knowledge and service possible, and are dedicated to Tasmania’s exceptional, wild trout fishery. The climbing galaxias (Galaxias brevipinnis), the spotted galaxias (Galaxias truttaceus), and the Western paragalaxias (Paragalaxias julianus) have populations in the Little Pine River system. Whilst the galaxias species are likely to occur in low numbers in Little Pine Lagoon the paragalaxias has not been recorded here. Public foot access extends around the perimeter of the Lagoon. A footbridge across the Little Pine River makes a circuit of the Lagoon possible. There is one launching area next to Monpeelyata Canal. The area within 100 m of the Little Pine Dam is a no boating zone. Little Pine Lagoon is situated approx 10 km west of Miena on the B11. Information on current lake levels for Little Pine Lagoon including metres from full and trend (rising, falling, steady) is available from


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Rising in the Great Western S TAT E Tiers south REST west of Deloraine, theFOMeander River – which is managed as a wild trout fishery – joins the South Esk River at Hadspen 12 km south west of Launceston. There are Needles convenient access points along the entire length of the river, which offers some C168 excellent angling waters. The upper reaches of the Meander River from the Great Western Tiers to Huntsman Lake are typically fast and clear, and flow through State Forest. Fishing here may be challenging for small resident brown trout. Huntsman Lake, which itself is an exciting fishery, was created in 2007 by damming the river upstream from Meander township. Since then, river flows have been more regulated downstream of the dam, and the fishing has improved, particularly during summer. C166 Downstream from Huntsman Lake to Deloraine the river is predominantly long runs and pools interspersed with shingly riffles. These sections are ideal for wading, upstream nymphing and dry fly fishing. Between Deloraine and Hadspen the river flows through pasture and cropping S TAT E farmland with many long FOruns R E S Tand broad waters typically with highCbanks, which E NT R A L P L AT E AU ONS E RVAT I ON provide excellent fishing.CMany willows AREA have been removed between Strathbridge and Hadspen the river more GR Emaking AT E S T E R N T I ER S accessible W for angling. CO N S E RVAT I O N Brown troutAR areEAdominant with both river blackfish and redfin perch present in the lower sections. Rainbow trout may also be encountered downstream from Huntsman FALLS Lake. Foot access for anglers has been provided by the goodwill of landowners and is a privilege not a right. If access is not




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Meander Valley is nestled at the base of the Great Western Tier’s rugged escarpment, gateway to Tasmania’s world famous Highland Lakes and World Heritage Area. It is an anglers paradise with pristine trout fisheries only minutes from Launceston, including: Huntsman Lake, Meander River, Brushy Lagoon and Four Springs Lake. Meander Valley Council is proud to host the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships on the scenic banks of the tranquil Meander River in the township of Deloraine. To book accommodation for your next fishing holiday contact the: Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre (03) 6362 5280 ‘FISHING IN FRIENDSHIP’

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specifically identified then you must ask for permission or you may be trespassing which is a criminal offence. Please respect private property and abide by the access rules and code of conduct to ensure the continued use of these areas. The total daily bag limit of 12 fish and minimum length of 220 mm is for all species combined. The pest fish, redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) and tench (Tinca tinca) inhabit the Meander

River system. If either of these species are caught, anglers are asked to humanely kill the captured fish and dispose of appropriately.

South Esk River

The South Esk River is a classic Tasmanian meadow stream which is managed as a wild brown trout fishery. It flows mainly through dry pasture from its beginnings in the Upper Esk to its drainage into the Tamar River. Although it provides for a classic meadow fishery in its own right, it has several major meadow-stream tributaries (eg the Meander and Macquarie rivers) as well as a good number of fastflowing tributaries further upstream. The headwaters of the South Esk River start above the Upper Esk and flow to Mathinna, running fast over shingle bottom sections with rifles and shallow pools “Don’t let this big one get away. Europcar as the preferred supplier of vehicles for the 2012 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, are offering discounted rates for all participants full of small brown and supporters attending the event. Europcar have 9 convenient locations situated in Tasmania, trout. Further including Launceston Airport and Central Launceston City. downstream above the To take advantage of this offer call 1800 030 188 junction with and quote promotional code 50798696, or to book online the Break O’Day, the river flows CLICK HERE through wide expanses of flat

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pasture with a mixture of riffles, wadeable leading to fluctuating levels even during pools and broadwaters. This is the most settled weather. popular section of the river for angling and The bag and size limits are the standard rule it remains so even during summer months for brown trout waters, being 12 fish and when grasshopper fishing is a highlight. After 220 mm minimum length. springtime floods, backwater lagoons which The pest fish, redfin perch (Perca fluviatilis) have been left isolated become fertile water and tench (Tinca tinca) inhabit the South Esk for trout and these can provide rising fish system. If either of these species are caught, to polaroid before the weather warms too anglers are asked to humanely kill the much. captured fish and dispose of appropriately. Between Evandale and the Glen Esk Road, the South Esk flows through native tussock grassland plains, forming riffles, pools, broadwaters and semi-permanent FREE SHIPPING Fo r all o n lin e Au str alian o r d er s backwaters. The quality of fishing is dependent on adequate flow rates which vary seasonally and from year to year. The Symmons and Henrietta plains district is home to mayfly fishing with the best sport McKinley L/S Shirt Murray River Fishing Vest in October to late December and • Lightweight, quick dry & UV 30+ • Lightweight, quick dry & UV 30+ • 23 pockets plus sunglasses pocket • 5 pockets and 1 internal mesh February to late and internal security pocket security pocket April. • Adjustable tabs to hold rod • Back mesh vents for ventilation Access to many • Padded shoulders and neck panel • Extendable sun collar cushions to distribute weight evenly sections of the • Concealed roll-up sleeve tabs •Mesh ventilated back South Esk River is across private $86.95 $72.95 RRP RRP property. Sections are also subject to water flows and For stockists phone: (03) 8872 7272 email: water management, Designed in Australia ‘FISHING IN FRIENDSHIP’

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The Competitors Australia

Two teams: Green and Gold Vern Barby I am 56 years and a keen fly fisherman for 45 years. I have three children and eight grandchildren. Australian Fly Fishing champion on two occasions and represented Australia six times internationally. Christopher Bassano I have fished my entire life and fly fishing since the late 1980s. Started guiding in Tasmania in 1993. Have travelled and fished overseas over the past decade and met many great people who are now close friends. I have only been competition

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fishing for 18 months but enjoy its various challenges. Emilio Caggiano I have lived in Australia for 20 years. I’m married with two children. I started fishing with my father at around 10 and started my first competitions (coarse) at around 15. My first Commonwealth was in Wales 2010. I loved the spirit of this comp - can’t wait to meet everyone again. Craig Carey Tasmanian born lives in Longford age 46 married for 26 years to Deanne and has three daughters. Owns and runs an accident repair centre for cars and trucks. Fly fishing


for about 15 years and competitions for the last 10. Represented Australia at the World, Commonwealth and Oceania championships. Brian Hughes I am a Maintenance Fitter in the Printing Industry. Born in Victoria age 44 years. Been fishing for 30 years. Fly fishing for 20 years and have been competition fly fishing for 12 years. Peter Dixon Team Captain (Gold). Captained in Wales 2008 and the World team in New Zealand, Poland and Italy. Has the strong belief that a team united is stronger than a team of individual anglers. Passionate about competition and studies other elite sports to gain insight into success. ‘It is important to me, at the end of the competition, to walk away with mutual respect and friendship of my fellow competitors!’

John Fisher I am a retired Economist previously working with the Federal Government on industry policies and support programs. I am 57 years old with my major interests being fly fishing and sailing. I am married with three teenage children – any advice welcomed! I began fishing with my dad when I was five years old on local lakes and rivers spinning for trout and began competition fly fishing in 2004. I look forward to meeting and fishing with fellow fly fishers, especially those from overseas. Craig Coltman Team Captain (Green) of the Australian Commonwealth Team and has been fly fishing from an early age, having grown up on the shores of Lake Wendouree at Ballarat, Victoria. Craig has represented Australia at World, Commonwealth and Oceania levels.

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Lubin Pfeiffer Electrician, age 25 years and live in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. I have been competition fly fishing for 7 years and represented Australia in the Commonwealths in NZ 2008. I enjoy both river and lake fishing, and the diverse environments competitions present. Joe Riley Competition fly fishing for 13 years. Won the Australian Fly Fishing Championship twice (2008, 2009), the Tasmanian Fly Fishing Championship four times (2004, 2005, 2008, 2010). Competed in 6 World Championships and won the Chris Hole trophy twice. Attained a top 10 finish in the 2007 WFFC in Finland 2007 (9th individual) and competed in the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships on three occasions. Team Bronze

(Islay Scotland, and Team Gold Wales). Particularly love sight fishing to brown trout in Tasmanian highland lakes. Steve Seclier I’ve lived in Australia 40 years, but started fishing in France at seven years of age. Fly fishing in comps since 1995. Proud to have been selected to fish in the Commonwealth’s. Member of gold medal winning team at 1999 World Championships in Jindabyne. My youngest son 14 years of age finished 4th in our state championship and I will be proud to have him fish the National along side myself and the WA team next year. Danny Spelic Fishing journalist and photographer and FFF guide and instructor at the Institute of Technology in Canberra. Represented Australia

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at the World Casting Championships in 2010 and was the Team Manager of the Gold Medal winning Australian Oceania Fly Fishing Team in 2011. This will be Danny’s first team representation at Commonwealth level after winning the Individual Silver Medal at the Australian Nationals in 2010. He was also the Silver medallist at the Australian Fly Casting Championships in the same year. Danny is 39 years of age and is married with 2 children. Jonothan Stagg A 35 year old Construction Project Manager based in Launceston, Tasmania and has been fly fishing for 24 years since the age of 11 years. Won numerous State Fly Fishing Championships and three time National Fly fishing Champion. Has represented Australia in six World Fly Fishing Championships winning the Chris Hole trophy for Australia’s top rod after an individual result of 12th in Poland 2010. Also receiving the prize for the largest fish of the Championship. I have also competed in a number of Oceania and Commonwealth Championships. Winning team gold in New Zealand and Wales. Rob Staples Team Manager for the Australian Team 2012 Commonwealth Championships and 2011/2012/2013 World Championships. Secretary to the Organising Committee for the 1999 World FFC in Jindabyne, Australia and currently National Secretary of Fly

Fish Australia. Fly fishing for 12 years and competition fly fishing for approximately eight years. Married to Cathy with three adult children, Consulting Civil Engineer and Project Manager and resident in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, Australia. Best wishes to all for a fabulous CFFC. Rick Sunderland Lives on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I am 50 and fly fishing for 28 years. Competition fly fishing for 17 years. State champion on two occasions and national champion on one occasion in 2010/2011.

New Zealand

Fielding two teams: New Zealand Black and New Zealand Silver Mark Clasper Fly fishing was a winter only sport until 2007 when Mark started competing in the NZ Fly Fishing Competitions. 2008 was his first NZ nationals and an eighth saw him in the 2009 Oceania team competing against Australia in 2009. He enjoys the exposure to different fly fishing techniques that the competition fly fishing scene creates. Neil Hirtzel Neil was born in Whangarei and raised on a dairy farm and trained as a builder and architectural draughtsman. He is married to Marilou, and they have three children. Fly fished since the early 1970s.


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Neil developed an interest in competition fishing in 1991 when he was a controller at the World Championships held in New Zealand. Qualified in 2004 for the New Zealand Nationals and went on to represent New Zealand in 2005. Neil has a passion for rod building and guiding. A keen saltwater fisher and follows rugby league and cricket. Strato Cotsilinis

Aged 65 and lives in Wellington. Married to Carmen with two children and five grandchildren. Started fishing at the age of five and has been fly fishing for forty five years having represented New Zealand on a number of occasions and is the President of Sport Fly Fishing NZ. When not fishing is a Chartered Accountant. Tim McClew Tim McClew grew up in Auckland playing cricket in the summer on Saturdays and sailing on Sundays. When Tim was 13 years old his father bought a cheap fly rod combo for their mutual benefit. This lead to the discovery of lakes and rivers and eventually after a lot of perseverance to catching that first fish. In 2009 Tim discovered a new Fly Fishing shop in Auckland and met Kiyoshi Page 34

Nakagawa and Peter Scott and was invited to join the Invitational team to compete in the Oceanias that year. Tim finished 13th in the 2010 National champs to make the selection for the 2011 Oceania champs and then in 2011 finished second in the Nationals to qualify for both the Commonwealth team to Tasmania and the Worlds team to Slovenia in 2012. Tim is a builder based in Auckland. Paul Baker Paul is a consultant working in the energy sector. He began competitive fly fishing ten years ago and has been a regular member of New Zealand’s Commonwealth and Oceania fly fishing teams since 2008. Based in Wellington, he also keeps a boat at Turangi for use around the Taupo region. Nick Lyon Nick lives and works as a builder in Auckland with his wife Amanda. He also has a holiday home in Turangi which is a great base from which he enjoys his real passions in life of fooling rainbows and browns in the rivers and lakes, chasing moose’s around the hills and boarding the snow covered mountains of the hunting, fishing, snowboarding paradise that is the Central North Island of New Zealand. Nick also enjoys his saltwater fishing in the Manukau targeting kingfish on fly. Nick has been competing in fly fishing since 2005 when he fished his first Regional


event and was successful in making his first International team 2010 Nationals. Highlights include winning the National Pairs competition on Lake Rotoaira with his brother Brendan in 2009. Kyle Melnyk Kyle has been fly fishing for 20 years and competitively for the last five. He first qualified for the New Zealand Nationals in 2007.  His international competitions include the 2008 Commonwealths (NZ) and the 2011 Oceanias (Australia). Kyle’s regional titles include the Auckland and Taupo regionals. Kyle’s favorite lost day is on Lake Otamangakau chasing double-digit trout among the weed beds or stalking cruising monsters in the crystal-clear margins of the Tuki Tuki river.  Josh Lancaster Josh has been fly fishing for 10 years, and competition fishing for three. Most of his fishing is done around the Coromandel and Waikato regions, lashing at the Waitawheta with a dry fly/ nymph being his preferred way to spend a summer afternoon.  Lake Otamangakau is another favourite piece of water where unfinished business with big hogs often needs addressing.  First time fishing as part of a NZ team.  When he’s not fishing, Josh works as a Creative Director at an advertising agency, a part-time painter and a full-time dad.

Nigel Juby Nigel is frequently found with his knees in a stream or his arm in a cow’s bum – not usually at the same time. He started competition fishing in 2009, finishing in the top ten in the Nationals both years. Married with 2 kids, he lives in Hamilton. Tim Rich Tim is a Periodontist specialising in the  treatment of gum diseases and taught for 2 years at a dental school in Sydney. While there he was introduced to bait fishing with mudeyes on Lake Eucumbene. On his return to Auckland Tim took up flyfishing and has fished mainly in the North Island. In 2000 he fished the Nelson One Fly and several salt fly competitions and came second in the 2000 Kahawai World Championship.   Last year was Tim’s first year of competitive freshwater fly fishing and he and his partner were third in the National Pairs competition.

South Africa - Ladies

Cheryl Heyns - Captain Married to Ian with two children. I have been fishing competitively since 2007 and have been in the SA Ladies National


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side for the past three years. I am currently ranked number 1 and am the captain of the Ladies’ side. I participated in the CWFFC in Wales in 2010 where our SA ladies’ team was awarded the Friendship Trophy. I am the Vice President of the South African Fly Fishing Association. Marlene Enslin Wife to Hendrik and mother of two young children. My fishing started in 1999 as a social bank and lure angler targeting carp, barbel and indigenous yellowfish. Fly Fishing for me came in 2004 and I am totally hooked. I have had the privilege to fish some of the most beautiful places on the planet including Mozambique and Indian Ocean Islands and many beautiful places in South Africa. In 2010 I joined the Central Gauteng ladies team and participated in my first South Africa Ladies Nationals – which I won. This is my first Commonwealths. Marietjie Davies Started fishing in 1985, competitively from 1992, fishing my first South Africa Nationals in 2002, and every year since then for the Gauteng North team. I fished the ladies National in 2007 (2nd), 2008 (1st), 2009 (1st) and 2011 (6th). In 2010. I was chosen as the captain of the SAFFA Ladies team that participated in the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships in Wales Page 36

during 2010. In 2011 I was awarded my Confederation Colours and have been fortunate enough to again be chosen to fish in the Commonwealth for the 2nd time in beautiful Tasmania. Linda Gorlei – Team Manager Married to Richard and a mother of three. I was introduced to fly fishing 17 years ago by Richard, but progressed into competitive fly fishing I think by default as my son had taken to it and become very competent in his own right, participating in the Junior system. I have been very involved with Youth development and more recently with bringing fly fishing to a more rural community who have never had opportunity, or means, to pursue it in their surrounding area. I fished my first Ladies National Event in 2008 and each subsequent one since then. This is my first experience of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships. Marilize Heyns I am a Fine Art student in my final year. I started fishing when I was still very young, born into an avid fly fishing family. I began fishing competitively in 2008, and this will be my first Commonwealth and International Event. I stay in Pretoria and love fishing anywhere there is water!


Renthia Heyns I live in Pretoria and I am a rental agent. I am mother to Marlize, 21 years. Together we are a good team. We love fishing in Mpumalanga area, KwaZulu-Natal and the Vaal River. I started fishing about 17 years ago when I saw Marietjie Davies fishing. I fished in my first overseas tournament while competing in the Commonwealth Championship in Wales, 2010.

South Africa - Mens

Adrian Leite Adrian is the President of South African Fly Fishing Association as well as the Chairman of one of the Provinces within South Africa ‘Central Gauteng’. This is his first trip overseas to compete in a event of this nature. ‘Friendship is an attitude’. Gary Glenn - Young Gary is a seven time Protea fly fisher and previous South African National Champion. In addition he is an award winning fly tyer, contributed to two fly fishing books and numerous magazine articles on fly fishing. ‘He gets to fish less than he should.’

Theron Cillie Theron Cillie was born and raised in Ceres on the farm Forelle. Began Flyfishing at the age of 7, enjoys deep-sea fishing and saltwater flyfishing. Started competitive flyfishing in 2009 and ended eight on the national championships. Won team gold and individual silver at the 2010 National Championship Albe Nel Albé started fly fishing late in his life, but today it is his passion. River fishing and especially small streams are his favourites. Albé was part of the Team that won the 2010 SA nationals. Robert Van Rensburg Founder of competitive fly fishing in South Africa. Represented South Africa at World’s and Commonwealth Championships.

Canada Ron Courtoreille I have been fishing ever since I could stand. I started fly fishing in 1994 after moving to the Canadian Rockies


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and it has been my passion since. My first fly fishing competition was the Canadian Nationals in 2009. I am married with a young daughter and currently reside in Brisbane Australia. Jason Bradley Doucette I was introduced to fly-fishing at age nine, and started competitive fishing at the 2007 Canadian Nationals. International experience includes the 2009 Commonwealth Championships in Scotland. When not angling you’ll find me training gun dogs rescued from animal shelters or advocating for the conservation of natural fish and wildlife habitat. Norm Godding I live in British Columbia where I started fishing with my father. Whilst I have tried other methods, my passion is fly fishing. I was introduced to competitive fly fishing at the 2005 Canadian National’s, and have participated every year since. I travelled with Team Canada to Wales for the 2010 Commonwealth Championships. I am 68, semi-retired and married to Leslie. John Nishi I learned to fish from my dad as a kid, but started competitive fly fishing much later in 2003 at the first Canadian National Championships. I have participated in five World Championships, Page 38

and Tasmania will be my second Commonwealth’s. I enjoy competitive fly fishing particularly for the camaraderie, travel and immersion in new cultures and landscapes, and continual learning. Jack Simpson (Manager) A tireless ambassador of competitive fly fishing, Jack incorporated Fly Fishing Canada to facilitate a Canadian entry into the 1987 Fly Fishing World Championships in England. By the end of the event, under pressure from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the FIPS Committee authorized a catch-andrelease World Championship in Tasmania in 1988. Subsequent FIPS-Mouche World Championships have adopted catchand-release rules as well as hosting Conservation Symposia to highlight local fish conservation issues and activities. Jack was the Manager/Captain of the Canadian Team in Tasmania in 1988 when the Commonwealth Fly Fishers was founded. Morgan Thorpe Morgan was raised in the woods and on the seas of the wild west coast of Canada. Owner/ operator of “Premier Sportfishing”, which is a fresh and salt water guiding operation on Vancouver Island. He has spent his entire life in pursuit of all kinds of fish around the world and is well versed in both fresh and saltwater flyfishing. Morgan is also an avid hunter and outdoor survivalist.


Isle of Man

Graham Norman I am 64 and have lived on the Isle of Man for 35 years and married with two sons and three step children. Fishing career started at the age of five with my father and uncles on the Lancashire Canals. With no coarse fishing on the Island I began fly fishing about eight years ago. Michael Watterson I am a Company Director in the building trade. I am 47 years old and a family man. I began fishing when I was 12 years old in rivers and breakwaters on the island. I then began fly fishing 7 years ago and would love to fish all over the world. Gordon Simpson Clinical Admin Officer. I am 39 and have fished since childhood but have only been fly fishing for the last 3 years. This will be my first Commonwealth event and I am really looking forward to not only the fishing but also making some new friends. Geoff Thomas (Capt) 45 years old Fire Officer, married with two children. I have been fly fishing for

over 30 years. I began competition fishing 12 years ago when I joined the Isle of Man Fly Fishers. My first Commonwealths were in Wales 2002 and this visit to Tasmania will be my 5th Championships. Chris Sharples Born in 1953 in the Isle of Man I began fly fishing about nine years ago fishing the various reservoir’s and streams on our island. After a couple of years I started traveling to various UK sectors and enjoyed loch style fishing. I am a member of my local club the ‘Isle Of Man FlyFishers’ and now compete in matches both on and off the Island. I Captained the Isle of Man B team in the 2009 Commonwealth’s in Islay.

Northern Ireland

Alan R McDade - Team Manager Alan has been fishing since he was a young boy but only took up fly fishing 15 years ago. Alan was secretary of a Game Anglers Club and only ever fished in local club level competitions, winning the odd ‘heaviest bag’ or ‘heaviest fish’ prizes. He is delighted to be managing the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Fly Fishing Team 2012. A professional manager, he works in an accountancy firm in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He lives in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.


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Campbell Baird Campbell has been fly fishing from the age of six and entered his first competition at the age of eleven. He is passionate about the sport and loves the excitement of competing under pressure. Campbell has represented Ireland at International, European and World level and captained Ulster at the all-Ireland finals five times, leading to him being appointed captain of the Ireland International team twice. He is a regular contributor to Trout Fisherman and Irish Angler magazines with a monthly circulation of sixty thousand copies worldwide. He is the National Youth Officer for the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland with a remit to develop angling in Ireland for boys and girls between the ages of 12 – 18. Campbell lives with his son in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Neil Cardwell Neil is 19 years old and fly fishing from 13. He entered his first competition three years ago and uses every opportunity to further his skills, paying meticulous attention to detail. Neil has developed through the T.A.F.I. Youth program and is now entering mainstream competitions. These Commonwealth’s are his first major competition outside of Northern Ireland and he has fought head to head to qualify against more experienced fishermen to gain his place in the team. Neil lives in Donaghmore near Newry, Northern Ireland. Page 40

Kenny Ferguson Kenny Ferguson has been fly fishing since he was a young boy being heavily influenced by his father to take up the sport. Kenny has fished in several competitions with notable success. Kenny is 32 years of age and works as a facilities supervisor in an engineering company; he lives with his son in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland Harvey Hutchinson Harvey started fly fishing late in life at the age of 30. Once ‘hooked’ he has become a very keen competitor around the fly fishing competition circuit in Ireland and has qualified for the Irish Masters on several occasions. Harvey is 53 and is a Senior Chief Engineer on Fast Ferries. He lives in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. Harry J McAteer (Jnr) Harry likes to fly fish as often as possible and is adept at either river or lake fishing. He also fishes for other species such as, salmon, sea trout or pike. He has been fishing since he was 5 years old and fly fishing from he was 12. Fly tying is also of great interest to Harry and he uses all his own patterns. His competition fishing career started when he was 16 years old


which was his first year in competition fishing. Harry fished the 2011 Four Nations Bank International where the Irish team finished in 2nd place with Harry and his father – Harry senior - earning ‘caps’ for Ireland and his second silver medal. Harry lives in North West Belfast, Northern Ireland. Clinton Irvine Clinton started fishing when he was 7 years of age and was taught by his grandfather, entering his first competition at 11 years of age. He has been a keen and enthusiastic competitor ever since. He is a great ambassador for the sport and he enjoys the social aspects of meeting likeminded fly fishers as well. Clinton is 24 years of age and works as a retail manager. He lives in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.


David Grove (Captain) Dave, age 56, born London. Started Fly fishing at 5 yrs old. First represented England in 1987 and since has gained English, European, World and Commonwealth individual and team titles. I have been involved with the Commonwealth’s from its early years and am now honoured to be the captain.

Melvyn Parrott (Manager) Mel, aged 67, married, Chairman of Construction Company. Has one daughter, two step-sons, five grandchildren. Fished for 60 years, the last 35 years mainly fly. Past President and Captain of English Fly Fishing Association, involved in local clubs and federations. In 1980 Gold Medal in Home International and in Commonwealth 2004. Bernie Maher Age 53, married to Janet (who will be travelling to Tasmania) and lives in Matlock, Derbyshire. I work as a fishing instructor and guide, and been in the English national river and Loch-Style fishing squads, as well as the Commonwealth team. In 2004/5 was also English national fly-fishing champion. John Tyzack 46 years old, from Stockport has been fishing since the age of 4 and is a full time professional fly fishing guide and instructor. He has been competing for England since 2000 at home international, European and World Championship levels although this is his first Commonwealth Championships.


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Stuart Wardle Age 49, married with two daughters and been an avid fly fisher for over 30 years, I recently established the Durham Fly Fishing Company. I first qualified for England in 1999 and was a member of the Wales 2010 Silver Medal Commonwealth Team. Andy Gooding Age 46, started fly fishing at the age of eight. This will be my first year fishing in the Commonwealth team. I have fished for the last three years in the European team and have fished for England at four home internationals.

Scottish Ladies

Helen Philp I was introduced to fly-fishing by my husband on Loch Leven over 30 years ago and have gone on to achieve 20 International caps and six Commonwealth caps. I have won the Ladies National championship and been the Ladies International champion. Gillian Forsyth I have fished for 56 years, mostly with my late husband. I have fished in nine Internationals, won the Scottish Page 42

Ladies National twice. This will be my fifth Commonwealth cap. Another major achievement was becoming the first lady to be awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 1978. Heather Cary I am a professional artist specialising in animal portraiture and cartoons, I have fished all my life living beside Loch Ness. I am a past Scottish Ladies Champion and have three International caps and this is my second Commonwealth cap. I am also a qualified fly-fishing instructor and coach. Janet Robertson I have represented Scotland at International level three times and Commonwealth level five times. I run a trout fishery in Scotland called Geordie’s and enjoy the company of many fellow anglers. I love making my own flies and I am always looking for new patterns. Patricia Macdonald Living in the Scottish Borders within easy reach of River Tweed, I have been enthusiastically flyfishing for altlantic salmon and brownies and for rainbow trout in stillwaters. Other interests include traditional archery, dog training, horses in general (from TREC and hunter trials to national hunt racing and breeding).


Scottish Men

David Chalmers David has proudly represented Scotland on 21 occasions at both Loch and River Internationals, member of the Scottish Commonwealth Championship team winning gold in 2006, 2008, 2009, Team Bronze  medallist in the  World Championship 2009, also current member of the Scottish World team destined for Slovakia 2012. Michael Low Michael is the youngest member of the team but don’t let his cheeky baby face fool you as he is a formidable fly fisherman and one of the most promising up and coming competition anglers in Scotland if not the UK. This is Michael’s second Commonwealth Championship and he is hoping to add a team gold medal to the individual one he currently holds. Iain Earle (Team Manager)  Iain has been involved in Competition Fly fishing for many years and has done, or won, most things available to him. He is tremendously proud of Commonwealth Fly Fishing Scotland’s achievements. The highlight of his career though was hosting the Captains Tour of Australia in 2000 with John Horsey and Hywel Morgan. This started in Tasmania

and the memories of the wonderful people he met, the hospitality and the exceptional fishing, the sense of achievement surrounding the tour will live with him forever. Ian Jones (Team Captain) This will be Ian’s 7th Commonwealth Championship cap having represented Scotland in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. He has been part of three gold medal and one bronze medal winning teams. Ian is thoroughly looking forward to experiencing Tassie’s world renowned trout fishing. James Lister Jim is renowned as one of the top loch anglers in Scotland with a long list of national and domestic competition successes. This is Jim’s second Commonwealth Championship and he hopes to add a team gold medal to the bronze he earned in Wales 2010. John McCallum John has represented Scotland in numerous World and Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships around the World including Australia and is relishing the challenge of pitting his skills against both the Tasmania trout and fellow competitors. John is looking forward to raising a glass of Tassie wine to both the trout and fellow fly fishermen.


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Singapore Peter Chan Peter was born and raised in Singapore and couldn’t find any trout at home, so he now lives and works in New Zealand. While on holiday in Tasmania, he met Malcolm Crosse who helped him catch a lovely little brownie in Penstock, inspired him to publish New Zealand’s Best Trout Flies and has now encouraged him to put together the Singapore team for the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship 2012. David Tay David is a proud father of 2 boys and a general practitioner, whose love for fishing began in his childhood. With few opportunities in Singapore, he only picked up fly fishing 10 years ago and has been visiting New Zealand in pursuit of trout faithfully every year, with the blessing of his wife Evon! Fishing in and around Singapore mainly only comprises stocked freshwater impoundments or open/ shore saltwater. He is eagerly looking forward to the warm fellowship and camaraderie in the 2012 CFFC! Francis Thong Loves all forms of fly fishing; except cat fish of all sorts even if it is a possible world record... Page 44

Travels to NZ every year for a spot of trout fishing but suffers cabin fever and insanity throughout the year. Thus, a fanatical and compulsive day dreamer of fly fishing. Currently chasing for a record temensis in Singapore... hoping to realize it very soon.. Proudest catches on my 6wt - Milkfish (Singapore) and trophy brown trout (NZ) but the bigger rewards are friends found along the way. Loves all things green - green rods, green bags..... Chuan Wei Tay Born 1959 and acquired one wife, one dog, one cat and one parrot along the way. Been fishing with the team captain, Peter, since we were kids. He left for NZ since there is a dearth of flyfishing in Singapore. I was recruited into the team otherwise the alternative was the enlistment of the captain’s sister. At least I do know how to tie a hook. Kim Lock Pang I have lived in Singapore most of my life. I am a 52 year old family man with two children. I started fishing the freshwater ponds in Singapore when I was seven.



Nareau Bataeru Commenced his career as a fishing guide in 1988 at the Captain Cook Hotel and became Head Guide in 2008. He has guided many anglers, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Japanese and more recently, Kiwis. Amongst the clients that he has guided, he has had the privilege to guide the professional golfer Jack Nicklaus on his recent visit to Christmas Island in early 2011.  Nareau has enjoyed 23 years as a fishing guide and is one of the well known guides at the Captain Cook Hotel. Ekeuea Ioteba Started his career with the Captain Cook Hotel as fishing guide in 1997, and is one of the youngest guides employed by the Captain Cook Hotel. Spent a total of 14 years with the company and takes pride in his job. Is nicknamed Ekky by his clients.  Iobu Eriuata Iobu is one of the youngest guides on the Captain Cook Hotel guiding service. He joined the Captain Cook Hotel workforce in October 1998 and has been employed as guide for a total of 13 years. He is also well

known to the hotel’s fishing clients and like the other two guides representing the Captain Cook Hotel in the Commonwealth Fly fishing Championship in Tasmania (Nareau Bataeru and Ekeuea Ioteba), his personal service is often booked months in advance of clients’ arrivals. He, like Nareau and Ekeuea, is also a keen fisherman and loves fishing in his free time and knows Christmas Island flats and choice fishing sites for fish from bonefish to giant trevally. Neemia Taabu As with most guides in Christmas Island, Neemia began his career as fishing guide with the Captain Cook Hotel in 1994 where he was employed for a period of 12 years before moving on to the newly established KPC Villages in 2006 to become one of their guides at the community owned lodge. Is well known to the lodge’s anglers having spent a total of 5 year’s employment with the lodge. Eketi Tekaibo Formerly a Captain Cook Hotel fishing guide, and also one of the youngest guides employed by the company in 1996, Eketi spent a total of 11 years with the company before moving on to the KPC Villages in 2007 to continue his career as fishing guide. He is also well known to many returning fishing clients of the fishing lodge and has now spent a total of 4 years of service with the community owned lodge.


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Malta Steve Varga Happily married, fifty something with three children. Represents the National Federation of Sports Anglers, Malta, a FIPS member since 2009. First time Malta has competed at a Commonwealth Fly Fishing event. Commenced fishing at age 5 and fly fishing aged 12. Competed at three world championships and enjoys competition fly fishing locally and abroad. Really enjoyed Scotland in 2009 and developed a taste for ‘single malt’. Loves dry fly fishing and tackling saltwater species on a fly. Looking forward to meeting new anglers and making new fishing buddies.


Glyn Jones - Captain A little over sixty years old I was brought up on a rural farming community. After I was married I had to give up drinking with the boys and find another hobby. I took up the genteel art of angling and as the years passed this evolved into fly fishing. My favourite is loch style boat fishing. As a team competitor with my local Llanilar Angling Club I have fished many of the well know reservoirs in the UK and Ireland. I have represented my country on several occasions at both National and Commonwealth level.

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Mike Heckler After I got married I moved from Wales to England, but after retiring I moved back. During all this time I have fished rivers and lakes and competed on many of the UK reservoirs - loch style. I was selected to manage the Welsh team in Tasmania and have previously captained the World and Commonwealth teams in New Zealand in 2008, and competed in the Commonwealth is Islay, Scotland 2009. Brian Couch Started fishing on rivers, but moved on to lake and boat fishing for some time, before returning to river fishing. Have fished for 26 years with the Llanilar Club, at an International level and all over Britian and Ireland. In 2011 I also fished British Columbia and Canada and the last two Commonwealth matches. Gareth Evans I am a 36 year old paramedic married to Eleri with two daughters. Have only been fishing competitively for three years after having three years off to complete my paramedic qualifications. Equally at home fishing for trout, sea trout and salmon on reservoirs or rivers. My stint as a boatman at the Tal-y-llyn Commonwealth Championships in 2010 inspired me to enter the 2012 team trials. Phil Price I have been a trout angler since very young and just as happy on a lake or a small river. A keen member of Rhayader and Élan valley Angling Association which was part of the last Commonwealth


Championships. I have been Welsh Individual Bank Champion and Team Champions and fished for Wales at two Commonwealths and the International Bank Championship in the last four years.


Shah Humayoon I am a doctor by profession. I believe fishing is spiritual blessing and I started this passion when I was 13 in the foot hills of Himalayas (Kashmir). I am the member

of the fly fishing club in Kashmir and have been fly fishing in the slow to fast streams of Kashmir. My favourite fly is a Woolly Bugger — not because of its name but its fast action. I am looking forward to fish in Arthurs Lake. This competition will be a great learning curve and great opportunity to gain and share my experience with other anglers.

Chairman’s Report 2010/2011 Dear Members of the Commonwealth Fly Fishers. It is 23 years since the inaugural Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships (CFFC) was held in Tasmania and it seems fitting to review our progress. It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Anne Humbert phoned me recently to say that Arthur Humbert, co-founder and first Chairman of the Commonwealth Fly Fishers, passed away on Thursday, October 13th 2011 after a long illness. It is especially sad news given that 2012 will see us hold the best attended CFFC in its history. We have 16 teams representing 13 countries registered. It is being held in Tasmania, Australia starting on Feb 14th. There (as then) the top award will be “The Friendship Trophy”. Presented by Jason Garrett Snr, it is awarded to the team best upholding the CFF ideals of good sportsmanship and friendship - as judged by their fellow anglers. We would have loved to have had Arthur present for this event to see how well his (with Tony Pawson and Jason Garrett senior’s) baby had grown and flourished. Hopefully Anne Humbert will be able to join us in his place. I was privileged to have known both Arthur and Anne and am pleased to be able to carry on his vision of a friendly, international, fishing competition forward under the slogan, ‘Fishing in Friendship’. Those who knew Arthur and Anne and were privileged to fish the River Test at Kimbridge know of Arthur’s untiring work for river conservation and dedication to promoting the ideal of friendship through fly fishing. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and family.

Commonwealth Fly Fishers offers anglers the pleasures of competitive fly fishing without the ‘politics’ of the sport interfering. The competition is conducted to international rules but still allows participants to gain their competition experience in a relaxed atmosphere. I am grateful to the organisations who have offered to host these events and especially to the WSTAA for hosting a wonderful championship in Wales in 2010 and FFA who are hosting the 2012 CFFC in Tasmania Australia. I look forward to being able to expand the range of countries hosting such events with the addition of new members. Nowhere is the ‘Commonwealth ideal’ better expressed than when anglers come together in friendly rivalry. The rules are designed both to level the playing field for the competition and to reward the best all-round anglers. The 2012 CFFC will encompass a wide variety of fishing styles including fishing on rivers from either the bank or by wading, together with both bank and boat fishing on various lakes. I await the day when one of our members proposes to include belly-boat angling as one of the sessions! The Commonwealth Championship will bring together friends old and new, sharing a common understanding and reaffirming again that old adage ‘there’s more to fishing than catching fish’. I wish you ‘Tight Lines’ and look forward to meeting you all in Tasmania. Jill Mandeno Chairman, Commonwealth Fly Fishers


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