“If I only had 6 flies” — Fly Tying course

  • Monday nights  7:30pm to 9:30pm for 7 weeks
  • Commencing Monday 11th August to 22nd September
  • Club rooms Turner Rd Highett

Over the 7 weeks you will learn about Tools and Materials and get to tie 6 different flies that will provide you at the end of the course with a fly box of flies for practical use, our experienced instructors will also provide details of how to best fish each fly.

No experience is necessary however you will  be required to have a basic set of tools, if you don’t currently have these tools a basic set of fly tying tools will be available for purchase at a very reasonable price.

There is no cost for current financial members, Southern will supply all hooks and materials at no cost.

For non financial members and guests there is a charge of $35 for the course.

Places are limited to 16 so get you name down early, first come first served.

Please register your place by email to Graham Foxman at  membership@southernflyfishers.org.au no later than 31 July 2014.

Goulburn Fishing Festival 5th & 6th September 2014

Fisheries Victoria and the Eildon community will again host the Goulburn Fishing Festival on
5th and 6th September 2014, coinciding with the opening of the riverine trout season. Bring the family and make a long weekend of it. There will be fishing workshops and accommodation prizes along with professional cooking demonstrations. For the kids, free entertainment all weekend including a jumping castle, face painting and lots of fishy activities. The festival also aims to highlight the terrific trout fishing on offer in Eildon’s rivers, pondage and giant lake. Alternatively, learn more about Lake Eildon’s increasingly popular native fishery, which is based on stocked golden perch and Murray cod. Trout and Murray cod are grown at our Snob’s Creek hatchery, which will be open for free tours on Saturday. http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fishing-and-hunting/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-initiative/goulburn-fishing-festival-2014   People fishing at the Goulburn Fishing Festival

Newsletter July 2014

The July 2014 edition of the Fly Fisher is now available and the contents include: The contents of this edition are:

  • The Vice Presidents Report
  • Calendar–Coming Events
  • Committee–Officers and Delegates 2013–2014
  • Clive Pankhurst Vale
  • Warburton/Yarra River Trip Report
  • Australian Trout Foundation Survey
  • Daylesford Couples Fishing/Exploring Weekend Notice
  • VRFISH State Council Meeting Minutes
  • Council of Victorian Fly Fishing Clubs Meeting Feedback
  • Membership Fees Reminder
  • Recent Trout Stockings
  • What’s Old is New Again
  • SFF Fly Tying Activity
  • Australian Casting Championships
  • Casting About
  • General Minutes
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting July 2014
  • Accommodation Offers
  • Membership Nomination Form

To access the public version of the July 2014 Fly Fisher please click here: July 2014 Members – Please note that to access the full version of the July 2014 Fly Fisher you will need to login and go to the Current Fly Fisher section under the Club Magazine tab.

Newsletter June 2014

The June 2014 edition of the Fly Fisher is now available and the contents include: The contents of this edition are:

  • The Vice Presidents Report
  • Calendar–Coming Events
  • Committee – Officers and Delegates 2013 – 2014
  • Corroboree Billabong Odyssey Trip Report
  • Millbrook Lakes Trip Report
  • Membership Fees Reminder
  • DEPI Notice on Victorian River Season
  • DEPI Notice on Brook Trout Bag Limit
  • SFF Fly Tying Activity
  • Casting About and Recent Results
  • General Meeting Minutes
  • It’s All About the Cane & VFFA Cane Day
  • Accommodation Offers
  • Membership Nomination Form
  • Member Contact Details

To access the public version of the June 2014 Fly Fisher please click here: SFFJun2014 Members – Please note that to access the full version of the June 2014 Fly Fisher you will need to login and go to the Current Fly Fisher section under the Club Magazine tab.

Newsletter May 2014

The May 2014 edition of the Fly Fisher is now available and the contents include:

The Presidents Report
Calendar – Coming Events
Committee – Officers and Delegates 2013 – 2014
Geoff Churchers New Zealand Trek
Marysville Golf and Fishing Day Report
South Western Fly Fishers 2014 Eucumbene Adventure
Rick Dobson’s Small Stream Tips
Hinchinbrook Island Trip Opportunity
SFF Fly Tying Activity
Casting About and A Note from the Treasurer
Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting
General Meeting Minutes and A Note from the Editor
Accommodation Offers
Membership Nomination Form
Member Contact Details

To access the public version of the May 2014 Fly Fisher please click here SFFMay2014

Members – Please note that to access the full version of the May 2014 Fly Fisher you will need to login and go to the Current Fly Fisher section under the Club Magazine tab.

An afternoon on the Styx River in Tasmania

While I have been on Paternity leave with my child for the last 3 months, I did get to spend a couple hours of an afternoon on the Styx River in Tasmania near Maydena. We had been camping out at Lake Pedder for a few days and where on our way back into Hobart.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Styx, the fish in there can be notoriously spooky as the river is “Gin” clear in parts and access almost requires a jungle machete or lumber jack boots, (the ones with spikes on it) to climb over the fallen logs.
The first time we were there on a club trip, we saw some fish but they were long gone as soon as the fly line shot overhead.

On our way in to Maydena from Pedder, I asked my wife if we could take a look at the Styx we stopped at the first bridge over the Styx. It was a very warm afternoon in late March and much to my surprise there where fish rising all over the river downstream of the bridge.
I quickly grabbed my rod and proceeded to bush bash down the edge of the Styx to quietly enter at the bottom of a long pool. There were fish rising all around me, very unusual from my past experience, they normally would have been gone like a rat up a drain pipe. I stood casting  20 mins with no avail, and the fish didn’t seem to be bothered either. With 5 fly changes later, I notice a some beetles that had been falling into the river. They were Jassid beetles that are endemic to area. they have a orange underbelly and grey tortoise shell wing case. Of course I did not have one exactly like it, but I did have the a brown deer hair beetle that was orange enough.

Then I heard the toot from the horn on the defender, my 13 month old daughter had cracked it and it was time to go.

As we passed through Maydena on the other side, I bumped into Tyenna Dave and he also confirm that small brown flies  on the are the go Tyenna River, big and orange on the Styx. Generally orange Jassid beetles or orange Stonefly Nymphs will do the trick.

Brown Deer Hair Beetle:

Brown Deer Hair beetle

Frederique scoping out the “rise”, also future fly fisher:

Frederique

View from the first bridge over the Styx with water slightly stained with tanins from another river that branches into it slightly upstream:

First Bridge

 

Note: All members can write a post on there recent fishing ventures or anything else. You don’t have to wait for the Newsletter!

February and March 2014 Newsletters reposted

Due to some technical difficulties previous versions of the newsletter had been lost.
To access the PDF version of the February and March 2014 Fly Fisher please log in and go to the “Archived Fly Fisher Editions” under the Club Magazine tab.

March Newsletter 2014 Table of Contents:

  • The Vice Presidents Report
  • Calendar – Coming Events
  • Committee – Officers and Delegates 2013 – 2014
  • Powlett River Trip Report
  • Big River Trip Report
  • SFF Fly Tying Activity and Club Maintenance Update
  • Tales from Tasmania
  • Casting About
  • General Meeting Minutes and a Note from the Editor
  • Accommodation Offers
  • Membership Nomination Form
  • Member Contact Details

February Newsletter 2014 Table of Contents:

  • The Vice Presidents Report
  • Calendar – Coming Events
  • Committee – Officers and Delegates 2013 – 2014
  • The Christmas Party in Pictures Pages
  • Patterson River Trip Report
  • Casting About
  • General Meeting Minutes and a Note from the Editor
  • Accommodation Offers
  • Membership Nomination Form
  • Member Contact Details

Newsletter April 2014

To access the PDF version of the April 2014 Fly Fisher please log in and go to the current Fly Fisher Edition under the Club Magazine tab.

Contents:

  • The Presidents Report
  • Calendar – Coming Events
  • Committee – Officers and Delegates 2013 – 2014
  • Steavenson River Trip Report
  • Millbrook Lakes Trip Report
  • SFF Fly Tying Activity and Club Maintenance Update
  • Casting About
  • General Meeting Minutes and a Note from the Editor
  • Accommodation Offers
  • Membership Nomination Form
  • Member Contact Details

Newsletter December 2013

To access the PDF version of the December 2013 Fly Fisher please log in and go to the current Fly Fisher Edition under the Club Magazine tab.

Contents:

  • Presidents Report
  • Calendar – Coming Events
  • Committee – Officers and Delegates 2013 – 2014
  • The Millbrook Trip Report (Part Two)
  • Eucumbene Trip in Pictures
  • Casting About & The Southern Fly Tying Circle
  • VR Fish News

  • Marysville Golf and Fishing Day Trip Report

  • ‘Tassie 108’ Trip Report

  • November General Meeting Minutes

  • Accommodation Offers

Fixes for those who have been experiencing Southern Fly Fishers website woes!

Hi Members,

I have found that some of you were using old versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.   It may have caused the website render incorrectly.  I believe I have fixed the issue with a change inside the back end.

If the website looked like this below, with the bullet points above the image,  it was rendering incorrectly, probably why some of you could not see the login box.
This is a problem with older versions of Internet Explorer. Aside from me making changes in the back end to fix the issue, should consider updating your browser, to Microsoft’s latest, or use and alternate browser such as Google Chrome, or Firefox. Older browsers have been plagued with bugs and security problems.
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The website should look like this below after the change I made:
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Hope this fixes some of your woes!