A fly fishing expo being held this weekend will not only see a range of international guests descend on the South Esk River but also mark the soft-opening of an updated museum dedicated to the sport – and a new display recognising a local legend.
The Tasmanian Fly Fishing Expo, being hosted by the Australian Fly Fishing Museum, will run across both Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 at Clarendon Estate.
The museum committee – operating under the National Trust, under which the estate is also listed – has spent the last six months moving the museum from its previous location on the site due to structural issues.
Chairman of the museum committee, Mike Stevens, is thrilled to be able to bring the occasion together with some big international names.
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“I saw it was an opportunity – especially Simon Gawesworth, who is the best presenter of fly fishing stuff I’ve ever seen. He was coming to Australia, coming to Tasmania, so we constructed an event around him pretty much,” Mr Stevens said.
“It’s not a huge industry, but there are some really key players.
“Jim Bartschi is the designer and chief executive of Scott Fly Rods and rarely leaves America, so that’s a bit of a coup.”
Part of the work involved in the museum’s move has been organising a new David Scholes display.
An avid writer and fly fisher, Mr Scholes moved to Launceston after serving in World War II where he contributed much to the sport, Mr Stevens said
“He wrote some very significant books on fly fishing that are still eagerly sought.”
The expo will offer something for fishers of all ages and abilities with gear displays and presentations, along with introductions to the sport with guidance from world class instructors.
The $10 entry fee will be donated to the Australian Fly Fishing Museum to continue its work, though activities over the weekend will be free.
A Saturday afternoon event with expo presenters will raise funds for fish habitat improvement.
More details can be found on the Australian Fly Fishing Museum Facebook page.
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