President View

First Cast – may 2018

For the first time today, I entered our new web site and there needs to be a sincere thank you to Derek and Ian on putting together a much more workable engine room for our club. The club registration site for fishing trips was easy to manage and although I cannot attend this weekend for the Okoroire Dry Fly weekend, I am looking forward to the salt water flats trip the weekend after. I have even tied up a couple more worm flies that seem to work rather well last year in the briny.

Our guest speaker on Monday night is a lady I was privileged to meet not long after I came to New Zealand. To say that Belinda Thomas is a Kiwi icon is an under statement and for anyone that want’s to learn more about Belinda, Google her name. She has represented New Zealand in International Championships, A radio and film star apart from I think, being able to catch almost every fish that can be caught on a fly. I really think that that this will be a fantastic night and I urge as many female members to attend to hear one of New Zealand’s finest speakers on fly fishing. I am still negotiating on our speaker for June as he has some commitments that he thinks he can negate. I will keep you posted on the result.

It is with deep regret that we announce the resignation of Michael Fann as our secretary due to his personal pressures and business commitments. We do need to have a secretary so in the near future a special meeting of the committee needs to be organized in the coming weeks to address this vacancy.  Michael has contributed to AFAC extremely well in the last six months and his efforts and guidance will be missed.

The June fishing trip is to the Rotorua lakes. The time Michael and I spent with Harvey Clarke was fantastic in revealing secrets of this lake system both in Summer and Winter. John Stevenson (Trips) has organized Harvey to speak with club members before we fish so I think we will all have a much greater chance at a trophy.

Until Monday night, stay safe.

John Rumpf

President