admin February 25th, 2013
Good news for all prospective casting instructors in Queensland. The Federation of Fly Fishers is to hold a Certified Casting Instructor testing event at Currumbin in July 2013. Peter Morse has arranged the event – anyone wishing to be tested please book online with the Federation of Fly Fishers. Places are limited so please do not delay in booking if you intend testing for the qualification.
I am assisting South East Queensland Flyfishers Club in holding workshops to assist prospective instructors to prepare for the event. Contact the club for details.
admin November 30th, 2012
The Queensland team of Jim Williams, Jon Burgess, Ez Sarvan, Alex Meynink and Ward Nicholas attended the 2012 Australian Flyfishing Championships at Beckenderra over the 23 and 24 November 2012. Despite the fact that the team are limited in their preparation (after all there are no trout in Queensland) Jim Williams, last years winner, finished in a very creditable fourth place. The team were assisted in their efforts by Tie’n'Fly Outfitters.
admin January 8th, 2012
The second Queensland trial was held at Dunmore over the weekend of 27 December 2011. The first three places were filled by Alex Meynink, Ward Nicholas and Ez Sarvan. The Queensland team to participate in the 2012 Australian Fly Fishing Championships to be held in November will be Jim Williams, Jon Burgess, Ez Sarvan, Alex Meynink and Ward Nicholas.
admin December 8th, 2011
The 2011 Australian Fly Fishing Championships were held at Falls Creek over the weekend 26 / 27 November 2011 and for the first time a Queensland team participated. The team consisted of Jim Williams, Jon Burgess, Ez Sarvan, Ward Nicholas and Alex Meynink. Much to the joy of all Jim Williams took first place, Australian champion 2011 – well done Jim.
admin July 4th, 2011
Once again South East Queensland Flyfishers Club managed to present an excellent weekend of casting, this time hosted by MCI Paul Arden. Paul, of the web site Sexyloops fame, is not only a world leader in distance casting, but also an internationally respected authority on the theory and practice of fly casting.
He has been in Australia to commence a marathon bike ride around the continent as well as to fish as much of Australia as possible.
Paul took time out from his busy schedule (the week before he was in Malaysia testing FFF members for their MCI and CCI qualifications) to host a clinic (numbers strictly limited) on 26 June. Respected Hervey Bay fly fishing guide Andy Beer kindly acted as chauffer to Paul and ensured he arrived safely on the Gold Coast for the event.
The clinic was attended by four current CCI’s, Ward Nicholas (who drove from Townsville to attend the clinic, a measure of its undoubted status), Paul Goodey, Shaun Ash and Jon Burgess, together with four local casters and fly fishermen of some considerable ability, Tazz Jeffrey, Norm Good, Ez Sarvin and Peter Nolan.
All participants at the outset were asked what they expected / wanted to get from the clinic, and answers ranged from the ever popular “casting over 100 feet” to “watching the teaching methods” employed by Paul.
Almost immediately we were fully engaged in the matter of distance casting. This included discussion and practical application of the haul, tracking, butt rotation, slide, drag and many related topics. This information was followed by a discussion and practical demonstration of the famed “170” cast.
Well the man can certainly cast – without doubt the smoothest I have seen and I have seen many. This is not only my own opinion but also that of the other CCI’s present. The loops were, again without doubt, the perfect aerodynamic shapes – simply identical to those drawn in the “how to” books – despite the fact that there was 80 to 90 ft of line aerialised at the time.
My only moments of absolute concern was when my prized 7 wt Sage TCX was used by Paul for a distance demonstration. The stories of the “exploding butts” of fly rods put under such extreme pressure flashed vividly into my mind, coupled with my knowledge that all present were unreservedly hoping to observe a practical demonstration of the seldom witnessed event. Watching the entire MED line plus a respectable amount of backing disappear with no visible effort by the caster left all present suitably impressed. For those not familiar with this feat the line the line alone is 120 ft. Hence the demonstration casts must have been a good 130 ft plus as the leader certainly straightened.
A pleasant surprise was that we were joined during the day by Australian champion distance caster Jackson “Jacko” Marrs, who had his distance equipment on hand for all to inspect. Those who met Jacko some years ago at a “midnight casting challenge” held during an Interclub Competition at Inskip will simply not believe his improvement since then (and it must be remembered that he not only won the Midnight Challenge that year but also triumphed in the Australian distance event.) It must be noted that the name “midnight casting event is in fact entirely a misnomer – the event in fact took place considerably after midnight.
In addition to the advanced aspects of casting covered by Paul, the basics, centered on Bill Gammel’s five essentials, were thoroughly discussed and analysed. As were the practical matters of dealing with the wind, roll, switch and spey casts. Then onto the more technical “trick casts” and slack line presentation casts which had all present attempting curve casts, reach and bucket mends, and several combinations of these casts. And such casts were all absolutely demonstrated.
An excellent and highly educational day was had by all present. Many thanks to Paul for his time and knowledge – so freely given.
admin June 8th, 2011
Over the weekend 4 and 5 June well known Australian multiple fly casting champion John Waters, in conjunction with Great Bay Rods held a two day casting clinic on the Gold Coast. The event was co-ordinated by South East Queensland Flyfishers Club under the supervision of special events co-ordinator Tom Boylan.
The Saturday sessions, held at Albert Park, comprised two group sessions, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Both were well attended and all participants reported how much they had learned from John.
Sunday comprised an open day at Colleges Rugby Club. John was assisted by Certified Casting Instructors Paul Goodey, Shaun Ash and Jon Burgess in his individual assistance to members of the public and club members.
The improvement of the casting of many present was clearly noticable over the period of the weekend, and it is pleasing to add that several members are still seen conscientiously applying the lessons learnt from John.
admin March 19th, 2011
Current SE Qld Certified Casting Instructors Shaun Ash, Paul Goodey and I were fortunate to be invited to join a Master Casting Instructors Workshop held in March at Jindabyne. The Master Casting Instructors qualification is offered by the Federation of Fly Fishers – there are currently six master casting instructors in Australia none of whom are based in Queensland.
The course was facilitated by current Master Casting Instructors Brian Henderson and Tony Loader – beyond their formal qualifications both are extremely well regarded in the fly casting field. To the best of my knowledge this course was the first formal course to be held in Australia to this end.
We were joined on the course by Certified Casting Instructors and fellow Queenslander Ward Nicholas (from Townsville), George Forster from Victoria, Rory Graham and Paul Regan from Sydney. Current CCI candidate and accomplished Townsville caster Richard Wallace made up the numbers on the course – an invaluable experience for Richard.
The course was extremely intensive being held over four days, in some instances commencing at 8 am and continuing with lectures and discussions extending to late in the evening. In fact there was barely time for candidiates to enjoy a late afternoon visit to Eucumbene for a quick fish.
Much was learnt by all candidates. The MCI performance test is not a walk in the park, consisting of twenty specified casting tasks and any number of questions raised by the examiners. The content of the course can be viewed on the Federation of Fly Fishers web site, as may the content of the CCI performance test.
The current course was largely based on the first five tasks of the performance test. Shaun, Paul and I had spent much time on preparation for these tasks already, yet were still surprised by what was left to add to both our practical casting abilities and theoretical knowledge of these tasks.
A great thanks to both Brian and Tony for their extremely valuable input – both clearly spent an enormous amount of time preparing for the course, and it certainly showed.
admin December 3rd, 2010
The first trial for the Queensland representative fly fishing team to attend the 2011 Australian Fly Fishing Championships was held on 6 November 2010 at Uncle Billy’s in northern New South Wales.
Results were as follows:
1 Alex Meynink
2 Jon Burgess
3 Ezvin Sarvan
The 2010 Australian championships are to be held on the weekend of 26 – 28 November.
admin December 3rd, 2010
You will note that several new Casting Instructirs have been added to the web site. Well known fly tier Shaun Ash passed the exam a few months ago in Melbourne and more recently Paul Goodey, Michael Kan and Duncan O’Connell qualified in Brisbane. Also passing in the Brisbane / Sunshine Coast area were George Forster from north east Victoria and Ward Nicholas from Townsville.
Congratulations to all.
The MCI examiners in the South East Queensland testing were Brian Henderson and Peter Morse. It is a compliment to the south east Queensland casting community that both commented on how well prepared the candidates were.
admin June 25th, 2010
The 30th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships were held from 14 – 21 June 2010 in Lesko-Polanczyk, Poland.
The team event was won by Czech Republic and the individual section headed by Paul Chyba, also of Czech Republic. Australia finished in ninth place in the team event and top placing Australian in the individuals was Jonathon Stagg in 12th position.
Top team placings were as follows:
1 Czech Republic
5 South Africa
8 New Zealand
Leading individual results were as follows:
1 Pavel Chyba – Czech Republic
2 Adam Tomas – Czech Republic
3 John Horsey – England
4 Julien Daguillanes – France
5 Sandro Soldarini – Italy
12 Jonathon Stagg – Australia