VFFA Tasmanian trip for February 2019

VFFA Tasmanian trip for February 2019

Arrangements for our trip to Tasmania next February are now complete and the Notice of Event follows this note. Fishing in Tasmania has seen a great improvement over the past couple of seasons. A small contingent of members has just returned from Hayes on Brumby’s and they had a great week catching trout to 3 pound in the lakes along with fish from the rivers taken on dry flies.

This year we have made a couple of changes following concerns of attendees. The trip has been extended from 6 to 7 days, and alcohol is not included in the price this year. The lodge has also undergone a complete makeover inside and out, and now looks fabulous. The cost of this year's trip will be $900 per person.

The convener is Hugh Maltby and he can be contacted on 0423 283 079. Get in early as this will be another wonderful trip.

A fine Tasmanian brown from the Macquarie River










Drift boating the Macquarie – Gordon Baker caught this one

Notice of Event for VFFA Tasmanian Trip: February 16 - 23, 2019

The Event: A week with fellow VFFA members at Hayes on Brumbys Fly Fishing Lodge, Cressy. You will have the opportunity to fish independently in the many local rivers or lakes with fellow members or be guided in pairs by Peter Hayes’ premier guiding team. You will also have the added opportunity to independently fish Brumby's Weir in the VFFA's new acquisition, the J.M. Gillies fully restored Purdon Dinghy powered by a Motor Guide electric motor. Use of the dinghy is included in the trip cost.

The evenings will be relaxed with members sharing tales of the day’s adventures over dinner. On Thursday, February 21, fellow VFFA members living in or visiting Tasmania will be invited to join us all for drinks and dinner from 6:30 pm. Dress will be smart casual.

Dates: Arrive Saturday, February 16 and depart Saturday, February 23. Address: Hayes on Brumby’s, 1696 Cressy Road, Cressy, Tasmania, 7302.

Travel: You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to and from Tasmania and also for non-guided travel whilst at the lodge. If travelling alone we can usually arrange a partner for you if required. A 4WD vehicle is not essential. The lodge is situated about 20 minutes from Launceston and two hours drive from the Devonport Ferry Terminal.

Cost: $900 for twin shared accommodation, linen including towel and face washer, breakfast and dinner. Beverages are not included.

You will be responsible to provide your own lunches unless you are being guided. A $400 deposit is to be paid by December 15, and the balance by January 16, 2019.

Preferred payment is by Direct Deposit to BSB 182 512, account no. 9605 47289, include your name and TAS 2019. Alternatively, post a cheque to Tony Mitchem, VFFA Honorary Treasurer, C/O William Buck, Level 20, 181 William Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000.

Guiding: All Peter Hayes’ guides are fully qualified and are members of their professional body. Drift boating on Brumby’s, the Macquarie and other rivers is a specialty.

Fishing Locations: Mainly in the North and Midlands for streams and the Central Highland lakes. Select from a wide range of streams from small creeks to large rivers, local weirs, and small to very large lakes. Some are in remote locations for which you must be properly prepared. Some locations can be physically challenging.

Fishing license: A current Tasmanian Fishing license is required, and can be purchased prior to departure online at www.ifs.tas.gov.au.

Mobile phone: Coverage is patchy. Good in most townships and on major highways, but poor or non-existent in many angling areas.

Strongly recommended personal equipment: Waders/wading boots, gaiters for wet wading, brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, wet weather gear, warm clothes, insect repellent, wading staff, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), torch, mobile phone in waterproof container, handheld UHF radio.

Essential equipment if intending to fish out of direct sight of other participants: UHF radio.

Essential equipment for Remote Locations: Compression bandage, UHF handheld radio, water, prescribed medicines for those with a medical condition that could recur, mobile phone if coverage available.

Weather: Variable from hot to cold and can be windy and wet. Latest forecast will be available at the lodge every morning.

Guiding: All Peter Hayes guides are fully qualified and members of their professional body. Drift boating on Brumby’s, the Macquarie and other rivers are a speciality. Depending on the weather, opportunities exist to be guided on one of the many highland lakes including “shark fishing” on the Great Lake. And those who love wading rivers and creeks will also be well looked after.

Event Registration Form (ERF): Register by sending the Event Co-ordinator a completed and signed copy of the ERF by email as an attachment or a hard copy via the post. “First in best dressed”. Obtain your ERF from the VFFA website www.vffa.com.au or pick one up at a General Meeting.

Event Co-ordinator: Hugh Maltby; mobile 0423 283 079, and email: reddtag@hotmail.com Postal address: 14 Diane Crescent Viewbank 3084.

Date of this Notice of Event: November 20, 2018.