Enthusiasts reeled in

THE lack of a river failed to deter about 100 fly fishing enthusiasts from attending yesterday's Quamby Fly Fishers Club open day at the Meander Hall.

Club member Gerald Arnold, of Westbury, said that members established an artificial lake on the grass of the Meander Recreation Ground for the open day so they could better demonstrate fly-casting techniques.

President Grant Flower, of Meander, said  casting tuition proved popular.

``People liked being able to feel what it was like to cast a rod and lift the line off the water as well as just casting on the grass, to practice accuracy - it's a totally different feeling,'' Mr Flower said.

``We did a fish filleting demonstration with a couple of nice big Atlantic salmon and then smoked some of it and handed it out to everyone.

``Inside, we had members tying flies throughout the day and a talk on entomology - the bugs that trout feed off, the different stages of bug life and what flies relate to what bugs.

``Basically, if anyone had a question that was anything to do with fishing and we could help them out, we were happy to.

``The time of the year, phase of the moon, type of weather, water temperature - it all comes into whether or not you're likely to catch a trout.''

Mr Flower said that the idea behind the open day was to get more people interested in fishing and, hopefully, increase membership numbers.

Gerald Arnold, of Westbury, chats to Jim Guy, of Launceston, about casting at the Quamby Fly Fishers open day.

Gerald Arnold, of Westbury, chats to Jim Guy, of Launceston, about casting at the Quamby Fly Fishers open day.

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