The Australian Casting Federation together with the ACT FlyFishers Club of Canberra hosted the 54th Australian Fly Casting and Plug Accuracy Championships at the Reflection Ponds and lawns at Old Parliament House in Canberra over the Anzac long weekend in April.
Over 50 competitors participated in the three-day event in glorious autumn sunshine before a 3000-strong crowd, which surpassed all previous attendance records in the 54 years of competition. A total of six fly and three plug events were contested over the three days. In the fly division, the categories were Fisherman’s Accuracy and Distance, Single Handed Distance, Double Handed Distance, Dry Fly Accuracy, ICF Skish Fly Accuracy and Wet Fly Accuracy. The Plug Accuracy categories were 7.5g Skish Plug Accuracy, 18g Skish Plug Accuracy and 7.5g Spinning Accuracy Arenburg.
Governor-General Michael Jeffery, keen flyfisherman and outdoor enthusiast, attended the event on both Saturday and Sunday.
Major tournament sponsors E..J. Todd and G. Loomis provided free casting tuition and rod testing whilst members of the ACT FlyFishers Club assisted members of the public with general fishing and casting enquiries.
Victoria’s Cameron Whittam dominated proceedings, claiming his first Plug Accuracy title and his fourth consecutive Fly Casting title. Runner-up was John Phelan (Vic) and third place went to Peter Wilson (Vic).
Next year’s event will be hosted by the Northern Fly Fishing Club at Yarrambat in Victoria on the Anzac long weekend. For further information contact ACF President John Trengove on Ph: (03) 9469 2990. – Danny Spelic
1. 2005 Champion of Champions Cameron Whittam (centre) accepting the winner’s trophy with John Trengove and Graham Todd.
2. Competitors and major sponsors at the opening of the 2005 Australian Casting Championships.
3. The hotly-contested Wet Fly Accuracy event.Reads: 1213