John is a Fisheries Manager with the Victorian Fisheries Authority. He has over three decades of experience in fisheries and fisheries management, with these years including research in native fish aquaculture, conservation of threatened fish, habitat restoration, fisheries assessment, and most recently fisheries management. The constant objective throughout his career has been a driving aim to make a difference to recreational John has authored over 50 publications ranging from peer reviewed scientific journal papers to project reports, and he even writes the occasional blog. He regularly contributes to Philip Weigall’s digital FlyStream magazine.
The Ovens River Challenge is on again for 2021. This event is run jointly by the Australian Trout Foundation and Native Fish Australia and combines citizen science with a fun fishing event where you can win some modest prizes, with special giveaways of rods and gear to junior anglers. It is catch and release only and all fish caught are released. It will be held on the 20th & 21st March 2021.
John and Jo host the internationally acclaimed programs “Casting for Recovery” in Victoria and “Reel Recovery” across Australia, as well as the “Casting for Kids” days now being planned.
Andrew is guest speaker at our October meeting, and has chosen to speak on the topic: “Why putting a pause on exotic overseas fly fishing travel isn’t the end of the world”. This will again be a Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 8:00 pm. So you’ll be able to settle back at home with a mug of coffee close at hand and enjoy a top presentation by a highly experienced fly fisher and tackle expert. Visit our website to find out more.
With his tenth book ‘Flyfishing Western Victoria’ just released, Philip will discuss how to get the best from the western Victoria lakes, with Mark offering some ideas as well. Mark will talk about trips to Patagonia and Argentina. We suggest Members link in well before 8pm as this event is proving popular & the limit is 100.
Karen competes regularly in state and national competitions and is our Australian Ladies Fly Fishing Champion for 2019/2020. She represented Australia in the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships in South Africa in 2019 and was a member of the Australian ladies’ team which represented Australia at the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships in New Zealand in March earlier this year. She has also been chosen as a member of the Australian ladies’ team which will compete in the inaugural Ladies World Fly FishingChampionships in Norway next year.