Well Cane Day has come
and gone and we must say it was a success
in every sense of the word. As it was the first day
of its kind and we did not have our new fly fishing
Centre completed as hoped, we kept it low key not really
promoting it too hard. But that did not stop people
from showing up.
A small but dedicated group
of fly fisherman gathered throughout the morning all
gently handling the collection of fly rods on display.
A bunch of Hardy's, a Baginski and even a few locally
made, by legends the likes of Bluey Powell. Geoff and
Kjell even showed off some of their own creations!
But the rods were not the
only characters on show. Steve got up at 2am to make
the drive from down on the Shipwreck coast in Western
Victoria and Ian dressed up in full Tweed jacket and
cap and brought along a cane creel. The company was
at least as interesting as the fly rods that brought
us all together..
The nostalgia was somewhat
thick in the fly fishing Centre that morning! The examining
of rods, and discussions of craftsmanship and parabolic
actions. This was only the beginning. Soon stories of
days on the stream with these beautiful
creations dominated the group and more than a few tales
of the fish that got away were retold, to a pretty enthusiastic
It was then out for a fish,
something that was quite an experience. To have such
a selection of fine rods to try out was something special,
each with its own charm and personality. A few fish
were caught on our lakes before the group was broken
up and we went out onto the river.
Although the fish were
taking caddis they were not easy and most had to wait
until evening to connect with a trout. David's group
all managed a fish while Geoff and Steve only saw a
few oncers as the cool wind slowed things down late
on in the day. However this was not the point and just
participating was what it was all about.
It was a wonderful day
for all who participated. A day to mix with like minded
individuals and share the cane experience is something
that you don't get to do everyday. In the eight years
we have been operating it ranks up there as one of the
most enjoyable days we have held and the response has
been overwhelming from those who participated and those
who wish they had.
Dates for the next Cane
Day will be announced soon so check back for details
or subscribe to our online newsletter. I have included
an extract from an email of thanks regarding Cane Day
To David, Geoff and Antony,
Thanks ever so much for
an absolutely fabulous day spent at your wonderful lakes
and the River. The morning rev up seeing all that wonderful
'boo was almost too good to be true.
Enjoyed the "Caning" that
I got in the presence of my brother Pete and Kjell Anderson
David you are an absolute
wonder to watch when casting and we enjoyed your company
The fishing was great having
almost lost Kjell's prized cane rod to a fish in the
lake that just wanted to pull the darn thing out of
my hands, still I hung on and the smile I had must be
seen to be believed.
Once again many thanks
and I look forward to the next CANE Day look forward
so much to the next one, but will have to make an excuse
to come up earlier than that.
By the way I was fishing
with an ABEL reel... SIGNIFICANCE ... Cane and Abel
a good combination.
Christopher J. Kriekenbeek.
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