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  1. Hey all. Stay tuned. I will be posting something later today about this year's swap. I already have four participants including myself, and I will be asking J Stockards to help out again this year. 1. Li'lDave - done 2. Richard (member of my club) - received 3. Fishing Bob - received 4. Horsehoes - awol damn it. 5. Vicrider - received 6. Idaho RC - received 7. Adam Saarinen - received 8. Cphubert - received 9. Jburge - received 10. Retrocarp - received 11. agn54 - received 12. flatrock native - received. We will again be asking for a specific set of flies from each. Any extras will be divided up and sent through to the guys and girls hosting the retreat. EDIT: We are working on 12 flies for each lady. The organisers have been quite specific in their request for patterns (see below) but please do your best to stick to 12 flies for each box (a couple of nymphs, streamer, emergers, terrestrials and dries). size 14/16 Pheasant tail nymph, hare and copper, hares ear prince nymph Size 10/12 damsel fly nymph, baetis nymph Size 4/6/8 Mrs Simpsons (lead wrapped for weight, in olive, brown or black). size 10 woolly bugger - olive and black size 10 black/red matuka size12/14 emergers size 10/12 hoppers or green / brown beetles size 12/14/16 dry flies royal wulff, caddis, stimulator dry fly, blue blow fly, parachute adams or klinkhamers I am NOT asking you to examples of each, but a nice selection is what we're aiming for. Please have them to me by May 31 2017. It's a way off, but I want to make sure I get all my ducks in a row. Many thanks Edit. Huge thank you to cphubert for offering to tie the mrs simpson patterns
  2. Guys and girls... inspired by FishingBob I've been looking for something like this in Australia for a while now.... And finally... It's happened! Australia's first Chapter of "Casting for Recovery" is being operated out of Canberra (our Nation's capital) by the A.C.T Flyfishers. This is great, because while to some of you the idea of trout in Australia is a little outside the square, we have some great fisheries, in both stream and lake, that originated from the introduction of trout about a 100 years ago or so. In this instance, the location of Canberra, and accessibility provides the ladies a great chance to fish some our picturesque subalpine and alpine lakes, such as the Eucambene and Tantangara Reservoirs. Anyhoo... The next event is being held later this year. And that's where you come in! The aim for the event is to have 12 women participate in the retreat, so I am asking for 11 "swappers / donors" (plus myself). I have yet to approach a stockist for some little boxes to put the flies in for the ladies (but hopefully we'll get there). When I asked about flies the list came as follows: unweighted and weighted pheasant tail nymphs: #12 to #16; hare and copper nymphs: #12 to #16; olive or black woolly buggers: #10 to #12; parachute adams: #14 to #16; and elk hair caddis: #14 to #16 The only specific request they had was that if we could use barbless hooks if possible. I will ask for participants to tie 2 examples of each so that each of the 12 ladies end up with a little box of 10 flies. SM: Li'lDave - done 2. netabrookie - arrived 3. Horseshoes - arrived 4. fishingbobnelson - arrived 5. retrocarp - arrived 6. vicrider - arrived 7. PJ2 in the mail 8. decisions - arrived 9. Idaho RC - arrived 10. jburge - arrived 11. Adam saarinen - arrived 12. Done Please comment with I'm in. At this stage my correspondence has been solely via email, however if you wish to do some research for yourself you will find these guys, and see that they have just held the first Australian CfR retreat this year. Plenty of time for those that want to play. August 31 will be the deadline to have them in my hands here, which will give me time to sort out the boxes and get them down to their new homes. Thank you.
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