AAT Code of Practice

Anglers Alliance Tasmania


Fishing is our nation’s most popular recreational and sporting activity, and Tasmania boasts some of the world’s best fishing. However, is it our responsibility to ensure the long term sustainability of our magnificent freshwater fisheries, and to protect their sensitive environs. We urge you to support this voluntary Code of Practice by applying the following principles when you fish.


• Release unwanted fish as quickly and gently as you can
• Extract the hook by keeping fish in the water if possible
• Use wet hands when handling fish
• Support the weight of large fish under the belly
• Gently ‘swim’ fish to-and-fro to re-oxygenate their gills before final release
• Use barbless hooks and knotless landing nets
• Dispatch fish you want to keep quickly and humanely


• Compliance with regulations will help sustain the fishery
• Bag limits are not a challenge – enjoy the angling experience
• AND … please observe ALL boating safety regulations


• Leave no footprint! Take your rubbish home
• Respect our native flora and fauna
• Consider a portable toilet when camping
• If you need to use the bush, bury your waste deeply
• Minimise water and vegetation damage when wading


• Allow fellow anglers space, whether afloat or on the shore
• If boating, please keep 100 metres from anglers on the shore
• Observe boat speed limits at all times
• Launch and retrieve your boat quickly and efficiently


• Access to a fishery through private property is a privilege
• Always ask permission to access through private property
• Avoid disturbing livestock and/or crops
• Leave gates as you find them
• Take care when climbing over fence lines
• Alert property owners of anything that you think is amiss
• Use established tracks and roads at all times


• Do not disturb aboriginal middens which are often close to water
• Please drive around, not through, aboriginal midden sites


• Observe regulations governing ‘fuel stove only’ areas
• Never light fires on private land unless you have owner permission
• Use designated or already formed fireplaces – don’t start a new one
• Please … please … only use fallen wood. Better still, bring your own


Be alert to unacceptable behaviour or illegal activity that may impact on the sustainability of our trout fisheries and their environs. Do not hesitate to report any such behaviour or activity to 1800 333 000, providing as much detail as you can. Remember, this report can be anonymous.

Upcoming Events

Aust. Masters Games, NW Coast
21-28 Oct 2017

World Fly Fishing Championships
Tasmania 2019

Minutes AGM August 2016

10am Sunday 28 August 2016
Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Sheryl Thompson Chair Anglers Hall of Fame, Charles Thompson NWFA, Dean Mainwaring NWFA, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, John Francis STLAA Delegate, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South.
John Broomby, Adrian Hope, Mike Stevens, Phil Williams,

Chairman , Gary France welcomed members and new STLAA delegate member John Francis

Confirmation of the minutes of the 2015 AGM
T Byard moved that the minutes of the 2015 AGM be accepted. Seconded M Crosse. Carried

Matters arising
Revised Constitution to be posted on website
Independent NW Rep needed

Chairman’s Report
Gary France’s report for 2015/16 was tabled detailing the year’s activities and proposed future focus to make the most of the opportunities presented by the World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Tasmania in 2019. He thanked all members for their contribution and support.

The 2015/2016 audit has not yet been completed and will be tabled at the next GM. An MYOB system that is compatible with the Accountant Auditors system has been set up .This will streamline the accounting and quarterly BAS returns, giving easily accessible, orderly and transparent accounts.
Balances at 26 August 2016 were —

Trading Account Westpac 037-009 17-1550 $ 5,030.19 CR
Grant Account Westpac 037-001 47-7934 $17,654.54 CR
Webcam Account Westpac 037-001 25-9322 $ 750.01 CR
HOF Account Westpac 037-010 25-9330 $ 868.45 CR

An Amendment to the Associations Incorporation Act 1964 that commences on 1 October 2016 will remove the requirement for an annual financial audit for an Incorporated Association in any year where the organisations annual revenue is less than $250,000. To remove the auditing requirement, the AAT Constitution would need some considerable changes and to facilitate this the Government is publishing new model rules prior to 1 Oct 2016.
It was recommended that the Constitution should be altered to enable the AAT to take advantage of this change. Moved; Terry Byard Seconded: Keith Symons

Election of Executive Officers
Five nominations for positions on the Executive Committee were received and with Mike Stevens not re-nominating his position is being filled by Michael Caminada, the Northern Independent representative.

The Executive Committee is
Chairman Gary France
Vice Chairman Terry Byard
John Broomby
Malcolm Crosse Project manager
Michael Caminada
Alan Gordon moved that the nominations be accepted . Seconded : Terry Byard
Sheryl Thompson remains the Tasmanian Anglers Hall of Fame Committee Chairperson.
Denis Edwards remains the Executive Officer

Meeting closed at 10.20 am

Minutes AAT GM August 2016

10.30am Sunday 28 August 2016
Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Sheryl Thompson Chair Anglers Hall of Fame, Charles Thompson NWFA, Dean Mainwaring NWFA, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, John Francis STLAA Delegate, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, John Diggle Director IFS .
John Broomby, Adrian Hope, Mike Stevens, Phil Williams.

Minutes of previous meeting
Motion: “ to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29 May 2016 at the
Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross“
Moved: M Caminada Seconded: T Byard

Inland Fisheries Service Report
John Diggle tabled a comprehensive report which is available on the AAT website The report included the following –
Seasonal Outlook
Opening of the Brown Trout Waters 2016-17
Flood Damage
Carp Management and High Water Levels
IFAC Report
Licensing and Administration
Penstock Lagoon performance
Native Fish Conservation
Tasmanian Inland Recreational Fishery Management Plan
Arthurs Lake pilot tagging project
Anglers Access
Hatchery and Stocking
Compliance Report
Club attendances
Mersey River Anglers Access closures

Matters arising from IFS Report
M Caminada queried the stocking of Blackmans Lagoon and JD explained there was a lack of fish this year but it remains on the radar.
Great Southern Water – JD reported that a feasibility study is being done on a proposal on the Esperance Plains.
Webcam sponsorship
Malcolm Crosse reported that –
• Over the last 12 months the webcams have been hugely successful, averaging 650hits/day with a max. of 3750 hits/day. On the back of these figures we are pushing the sponsorship wheelbarrow.
• AAT has been successful in securing a partnership with Telstra for 15 GB of data per month for each of 12 cameras. This is worth over $6000/year to AAT . The webcam site will be modified with the Telstra logo requirements and there will be space for one individual sponsor’s logo on each camera @ $500/year which will generate a further $6000/year.
• AAT has also been successful in securing $4000/annum sponsorship from MAST for webcam maintenance.
• Additionally it is proposed to put a Paypal donation box linked to an AAT bank account (free for non for profit organisations) on the webcam site. Moved: M Crosse Seconded : G France

Malcolm has secured, at no cost, some replacement gel batteries that will reduce webcam maintenance costs. They will be installed when the new Telstra sim cards are changed over.

Discussion was had about the possibility of a webcam at Lake Leake.

S Thompson moved a motion of appreciation for Malcolm’s efforts that was unanimously agreed to.

Proposed meeting with IFS, Hydro and MaST
This meeting will be on Tues 4 Oct 2016 to discuss the toilet project that should see a number of toilets in place for the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships.
C Thompson suggested that since Tourism Tas advertised 20 odd free campsites around the lakes that they should be involved in discussions.
The boating changes, proposed by the AAT, on Penstock and Little Pine will also be discussed.

Discussion was had on an opportunity to fund and implement an infrastructure program that would have long term benefits for anglers, to be in place for 2019 and it was suggested that Guy Barnett be invited to an AAT meeting to discuss the possibilities.

Lake Paloona
A letter from the Mersey Forth Recreation Management Committee inviting stakeholders to be involved in a feasibility study of the Lakes potential for recreation including boating was tabled together with emails from J Broomby strongly supporting the proposal. The study would cost up to $20,000 and the Committee has requested contributions towards the study from stakeholders.
It was suggested that AAT contribute $1000 subject to checking safety concerns raised by the NWFA.
Anglers Hall of Fame
The revised Guidelines for Induction into the Tasmanian Angling Hall of Fame was tabled and discussion led to two suggested changes-
“Anglers Alliance Tasmania will invite nominations for induction into the HOF on a
bi-annual basis, and one or none of the nominees may be inducted.
“The nominees will be assessed against their accomplishments , both professionally
and voluntarily ie their acheivements and outcomes etc ”

Code of Practice
The AAT Code of Practice was tabled and its adoption was moved by T Byard and seconded by M Caminada. It will be posted on the AAT website.

Trout Expo
Now in its 12th year and is held on the weekend of 17-18 Sept with the Aust. School Championships on Mon 19th September.

Fly Tie In
This is a resurrection of the popular Bronte Tie In and is to be held on Sat 15 Oct in the Great Lake Community Hall. The contributors to M Crosse’s new book “Australia’s Best Trout Flies Revisited” will also be there.

Gone Fishing Day
Letter from Tarfish informing AAT of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation has organised a national Gone Fishing Day to be held on 16th October 2016 and seeking input from AAT.
It is too late to be involved this year but AAT will post details on website and inform clubs of the proposed date for 2017 so they consider it when setting activities for 2017.

Junior Angling Day 30th Oct 2016
Northern venues are Waverley and possibly Stonesthrow depending on some resolution between participating clubs Corralin, Launceston Anglers and Westbury on how to manage the venues.
North West venues are Hisketts, Frombergs and Taylors.
Southern venue is Bushy Park
AAT to do guidelines for clubs, trophies ,give aways , drinks etc. and toilets hire for Bushy Park. Media publicity to be organised.

Highlands Bushfest Bothwell 19-20 Nov 2016
Co-ordinate site with TGALT . T Byard to organise the IFS trailer.
Volunteers needed to man the AAT site.

Australian Masters Games
This will be staged on the NW Coast 21-28 Oct 2017 and will feature fly fishing for the first time in the games history.
It was suggested that the Burnie and Devonport Fly Fishing clubs should be involved and that Fly Fishing Australia could give support in organising procedures.

World Fly Fishing Championships Tasmania 2019
M Crosse reported that Fly Fishing Australia has formed a Committee and that he is the Tasmanian organiser.

Tasmanian Planning Commission Review of Draft TWWHA tabled and this has prompted concern on helicopter access to this area. Letters supporting AAT’S position from Glenn Delaney and NW Fly Fishers Club were tabled.
Hydro Tas letter on artificial galaxiid spawning habitat trial at Swan Bay tabled.
Forestry Tas Three Year Wood Production Plan 2016-18 tabled.
Derwent Catchment NRM email on their spring fundraiser on Frid 2nd Sept tabled.

NEXT MEETING will be on Sun 27 Nov 2016

Exec Committee Webcam sponsorship
Junior Fishing Day
Toilets Project
Boating Proposals Penstock/ Little Pine
Strategic plan for funding projects

JB/DE Paloona safety concerns

ST/GF Finalise HOF Selection Criteria

DE Website posts
Code of Practice
Trout Expo
Fly Tie In
Gone Fishing Day
Bushfest Bothwell

Anglers Access flood damage update – By IFS

We’ve now looked at most of the Anglers Access sites. There is major damage in the Leven and Mersey catchments and minor damage on the other northern rivers. Many stiles and signs are damaged or missing and fences destroyed.

Fortunately, footbridges and many stiles have survived although they are covered in debris.

Due to the bad damage to river banks, bridges and roads in the Leven and Mersey catchments it is unlikely we will be able to make repairs before the opening of the season on the 6th August. Many access sites are unsafe due to debris, erosion and large machinery being used by landowners and other Government departments for repairs.

Anglers should stay away from these areas during rebuilding and pay attention to closure signs and safety warnings – landowners need time and space to get their farms back up and running without worrying about anglers.

We hope the repairs will be completed on the Meander, Macquarie, North Esk and Lake rivers and Brumbys Creek before the opening of the season, so long as the weather allows and there is no more flooding. Work on the South Esk Anglers Access project will be put on hold until repairs are complete.

Anglers wishing to help with the rebuild are invited to contact BlazeAid – a volunteer organisation that works in rural areas after floods and fires rebuilding fences and other structures. While the help may not be targeted at Anglers Access infrastructure it will be on areas affected by the floods including many properties with Anglers Access agreements. For more information go to , email [email protected] or [email protected]

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AAT GM May 2016



10am Sunday 29 May 2016, Man O’Ross Hotel, Ross

Gary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Mike Stevens Exec Committee, Malcolm Crosse Exec Committee, John Broomby Exec Committee, Bruce Gilham Corralinn FFCA, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Alan Gordon BOD Sports Anglers, Michael Caminada Independent North, Keith Symons Independent South, Adrian Hope Tas FFA, Charles Thompson NWFA , Bruce Heathcote NWFA, Corey Harris FFCT, Gary Long FFCT, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, John Diggle Director IFS, Eric Hutchinson MP, Marcos Ambrose Thousand Lakes Lodge.
Sheryl Thompson

Talk by Marcos Ambrose

Marcos Ambrose, one of the partners in the Thousand Lakes Lodge project, gave a very informative talk on what is planned for the transformation of Bernacchi Lodge to the Thousand Lakes Lodge. The nine bedroom $1.3million Lodge will provide a very comfortable base to explore the Central Plateau area of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It will open in October 2016 , details on

Minutes of previous meeting
Motion: “to accept the minutes of the previous meeting held 28 Feb 2016 at the Great Lake Community Hall”
Moved: B Gilham Seconded: T Byard

Matters arising

H Jones suggested that the EPA response to a letter from the BOD Sports Anglers be emailed to the Committee.
J Broomby raised the possibility of a feasibility study into raising the water level of Four Springs Lake.
T Byard suggested that the proposed Constitution amendment as advised and approved at the last GM be incorporated into the Constitution. Approved.

The Financial statement was tabled showing that at the 17 May 2016
AAT Westpac TRADING A/C 17-1550 $ 4,220.44 CR

AAT Westpac GRANT A/C 47-7934 $ 5,900.43 CR

AAT Westpac WEBCAM A/C 47-7854 $ 750.01 CR

HOF MyState A/C 7273178 $ 880.45 CR
Motion : “That the Financial Statement be accepted”
Moved: K Symons Seconded: A Hope

Webcams sponsorship
T Byard reported that the Exec Committee’s presentation to Tourism Tas for major sponsorship for the webcams was well received and the outcome will be known shortly.

A letter to Telstra’s Executive Director of Small Business seeking sponsorship of data costs was tabled.

M Crosse is to have discussions with M Ambrose on sponsorship to explore the possibility of relocating the Augusta Lake webcam to Thousand Lake Lodge.

Inland Fisheries Service Report
The full report is available on the AAT website

John Diggle tabled the comprehensive IFS Report that included the following —
Low lake levels
Boating on Penstock and Little Pine
Arthurs Lake fishery performance
Talbots Lagoon access
Brushy Lagoon bridge replacement
World Fly Fishing Championships 2019
IFAC report
Licencing and Administration
Native Fish Conservation
Anglers access
Carp report
Southern Fisheries Enhancement
Hatchery and Stocking
IFS attendances at Club events, meetings and dinners

Matters arising from IFS Report
AAT to write to Parks thanking them for their efforts on the Brushy Lagoon bridge replacement.
Fisheries Habitat Fund – write to Eric Hutchinson.
IFS Open Weekend , any ideas for kids or adult activities welcomed by the IFS.
AAT to inform clubs of dates for MAST 2017 RBF meetings.
The carp virus due to be released on the mainland in 2018 is unsuitable for cooler waters of Lake Sorell (<15*C). Brief discussion on Mersey River management for the WFFC 2019 A Gordon raised the possibility of a fish trap on waters feeding Huntsman Dam. World Fly Fishing Championships Tasmania 2019
M Crosse who is Fly Fish Australia’s Tasmanian organiser, showed the video that formed part of the successful Australian bid for the 2019 World Championship. With 500-600 anglers from 80 odd countries involved, Malc. suggested that it is a great opportunity to procure Federal money for infrastructure such as roads, toilets etc.

DPIPWE Meeting
T Byard discussed an interesting presentation to the Exec Committee from Dr Martin Read of the DPIPWE which discussed the water management, environmental flows and extreme dry conditions. Items covered were the needs of aquatic environment and other users (anglers) in determining water allocations, determination and implementation of environmental flows and the Ministerial Policy on Extreme Dry Conditions.
AAT discussed the need for fishing to be better recognised and the importance of the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Tas. in 2019.

It was suggested at the meeting that AAT engage more with landholders on riparian and water quality issues and that a pilot program could be undertaken with a local NRM on a water with an existing Anglers Access.

Proposed IFS Regulation changes
Proposed amendments to the Inland Fisheries Regulations were tabled and included –
. Amending the minimum legal size for fish at Pioneer Lake, South Riana Dam and Talbots Lagoon to 300mm length.
. Amending the maximum legal size for fish at Pioneer Lake, South Riana Dam, Talbots Lagoon, Big Waterhouse Lagoon and Little Waterhouse Lagoon to; two fish only over 500mm length.
. Amending the bag limit to five fish at Pioneer Lake, South Riana Dam, Talbots Lagoon and the South Esk River.
· Prohibit fishing at all times within waters flowing into Talbots Lagoon.
· Limit fishing times to one hour before sunrise to three hours after sunset at South Riana Dam and Talbots Lagoon.
It was unanimously resolved by members that the amendments should be adopted.

Penstock/Little Pine boating proposals
The results of the Trout Weekend questionaire on the proposals was tabled showing that of the 65 responses 59 were in favour and 6 in the negative.
B Gilham reported that the Corralinn FFCA had only one objection to the proposals
C Harris reported that the FFCT supported the proposals in principal but have some matters of detail they would like to be explored further.
A discussion followed on safety issues, speed restrictions and legislation, number and colour of bouys, width of corridor, education, implementation, funding, etc.
It was decided that the matter would be reassessed once the remainder of club responses have been received and all present thought the recommendations should be in the IFS Code.

Mersey Forth Recreational Management Committee
John Broomby the AAT delegate to this Committee presented a comprehensive report on Committee activity, including the promised replacement boat ramp on Lake Barrington and further progress on Lake Paloona access with an estimated project cost of $350 to $400,000.
N Morrow and J Broomby moved that the Management Committee approach Kentish Council to support a $20,000 feasibility study to report on opening up access to Lake Paloona by constructing a road off Devils Gate Road. The Committee will write to all stakeholders to request their views prior to approaching Kentish Council.

Based on a simple pump out system used by the Highlands Council at Derwent Bridge the indicative costing of toilets proposed for Highland Lakes would be approx. $15,000 -$20,000. Penstock, Little Pine and Bronte have been identified as the most urgent with Sorell, Woods, Four Springs , and perhaps Mackintosh in need of facilities as well.
If all were included that gives a project estimate of some $140,000, which would possibly need Federal funding.
Matters to be worked through include maintenance (perhaps by Councils) and ownership, eg Hydro, Forico .

Junior Angling Day
Following last years success it is proposed to run this event statewide again in 2016 with the proposed date of Sun 16 Oct.
Some alternate venues were suggested such as Old Mac’s Farm and Corralinn.
Exec Committee to start planning for the event.

Brushy Lagoon Bridge Letter from Westbury Fishing Club to Minister expressing concern at the lack of access was tabled. Discussion indicated that Parks are providing a temporary bridge until a replacement is built.
Meander River Letter from Quamby FFC was tabled concerning possible management options to improve the fishing experience on the Meander during the World Fly Fishing Championships in 2019. John Diggle indicated that the IFS does not think that stocking of adult fish into the Meander is warranted at this time. Consideration of trapping fish from the inflowing streams to the Huntsman is considered too difficult due to the large flashy flows in the catchment. The IFS may be able to coordinate some electro fishing surveys with Quamby members next summer to confirm the state of the population in the river.
Letter from Bill Beck regarding Penstock and Little Pine boating proposals was tabled and his comments will inform any reassessment of the proposals.
Letter from AAT to IFS tabled requesting a microbenthic fauna survey on Arthurs Lake together with the IFS reply that such a study would not provide a reason for, or a solution to the problem at Arthurs Lake.
Bushfest An invitation for AAT to participate again this year, 19th and 20th Nov 2016.
Fish Farms One perspective on overseas fish farms

General Business
Eric Hutchinson MP expressed his thanks for being invited to the meeting and indicated the Governments strong support for the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships in Tas. He suggested that all funding opportunities should be explored to upgrade and provide infrastructure that will be beneficial to the long term interests of anglers.
J Broomby suggested that the Lake Rowallan boat ramp needs remedial work and this should be done under the RBF.
A Hope expressed his disappointment that Lake Naomi and Lake Olive in the TWWHA are now accessible by 4WD.
Adrian suggested that a dedicated fire fighting team for the Highlands and TWWHA would be good idea, if funds were available.
G Long suggested that while the dams are at low levels it is a great opportunity to remove boulders from boatramps.
Gary also mentioned leaking irrigation pipes at the Arthurs Dam wall. AAT to report to Irrigation Tas/Hydro

NEXT MEETING is the AGM on Sun 21 Aug 2016


Exec Committee Boating Proposals Penstock/Little Pine

Toilets including Dago Point , persue possible Federal money sources meet with Eric Hutchinson to discuss.

River Health Pilot project with NRM/landowners

HOF Selection criteria


Junior Angling Day

MC/DE Telstra sponsorship for webcams

DE Brushy Lagoon bridge, letter of thanks to Parks
Fisheries Habitat Fund, write to Eric Hutchinson
Proposed Regs, write to IFS
Forward EPA reply to H Jones to Committee
Arthurs, leaking pipes contact Irrig Tas / Hydro
Boat ramps rocks , contact N Morrow
Reply to Quamby FFC letter
Constitution ammendment

Tasmania to host World Fly Fishing Championships 2019

Yesterday I received notice from FIPS Mouche that Fly Fish Australia Inc. has been successful in its bid to host the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships.

From the FIPS Mouche General assembly in Setubal Portugal we received ”congratulations on the fine video presentation which hugely impressed the delegates present – from 19 countries.” The vote to hold the event was unanimous with many other non-attending proxy votes being cast in favour of Tasmania.

This will mean Tasmania will again be able to showcase ourselves to an international audience of most of the world’s best fly fishers.
For all the Government departments , businesses and other organisations who have indicated their intentions to be involved in this event the process from here will be that an organising committee will be formed by Fly Fish Australia manage the event and they will be in contact to discuss the management of this Championship in due course.

If there any questions or if more information is required at this early stage on the event I have been authorised by Fly Fish Australia Inc. to speak on its behalf.

Thank you all so much for your help and assistance to date .

Malcolm Crosse
Fly Fish Australia.

See the video here