Attached is a photograph of the winning individuals –
L to R : Mark Bulley (bronze medal – NSWACT), Glenn Eggleton (Gold Medal – Tasmania), Jonothan Stagg (Silver Medal – Tasmania)
A total of 35 registered anglers competed in the 22nd Australian Fly Fishing Championships based out of the Snowy Mountains township of Adaminaby. The competition was conducted over three days from Thursday 26 November to Saturday 28 November. The event was a true test of the all-round skills of a fly fisherman including river based competition sectors on the Murrumbidgee River at Yaouk and Bolaro, a lake bank sector at Dixieland and boat based sectors (loch style fishing) on Lake Eucumbene at Buckenderra and Caddigat Waters at Dixieland. Total fish caught and released for the 3 day tournament was 335 with the largest fish a Rainbow Trout measuring 61 cm caught by Tasmanian youth squad member Josh Flowers. The event was totally catch and release with scoring based on the number of fish and the length of fish.
Anglers travelled from all over Australia including Townsville in far north Queensland and Perth in Western Australia as well as Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and ACT. A total of 33 volunteers and controllers assisted with the event including a large number of Adaminaby locals with the assistance of John Bray of the Adaminaby Fishing Club.
The 2015 Nationals is the final selection event for teams to represent Australia at the World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Slovakia in 2017 and the Oceania Championships in New Zealand in 2017. The individual winners were Glenn Eggleton (Gold medal – Tasmania), Jonothan Stagg (Silver medal – Tasmania) and Mark Bulley (Bronze medal – NSWACT). The Teams event was won by Tasmania with NSWACT taking the silver and Victoria the bronze.
Fly Fish Australia Competition Organiser Rob Staples from Berridale commented ‘this was one of the most hotly contested championships of recent years. It was a highly successful event enthusiastically supported by people from the local Snowy Mountains community including Adaminaby, Berridale and Kalkite’. Detailed results can be found on the Fly Fish Australia website www.flyfishaustralia.com.au