The November Meeting brings – Expert Casting together with Rod / Reel Knowledge

At our November meeting - Thursday November 1st we are lucky to have the company of two world experts in the fields of Fly Fishing - being Simon Gawesworth - RIO Lines and Casting together with Marc Bale from Sage with deep knowledge on Rods and Reels.


The Dinner with these speakers will be held The Metropolitan Hotel, at 263 William Street, Melbourne from 6.30pm for 7pm.


Bookings necessary , $60/head for dinner, drinks at bar prices.  For bookings , direct debit with your name to

BSB 182512 Account 960547289



Simon- the cast

...and the catch


 About Simon Gawesworth   

Simon born in the UK and, by age 16 he was the British  Junior Casting Champion, a feat he repeated the following year. He then went on to break seven British casting records

and win the adult casting championships three times in succession, representing England in two European and one World Team Championships.


With the demise of the tournament casting scene in the UK Simon turned his hand to competitive fly fishing, and over the following years represented England in three home internationals (against Ireland, Scotland and Wales), two

European championships, and five World Championships, culminating in him being the England Team Captain and Manager for the 2003 World Championships in Spain.


Simon has written numerous articles for the fishing press, published two books on spey casting, presented five instructional videos and DVD’s, appeared on numerous television and radio shows,  demonstrated casting at fly fishing shows around the world, and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on spey casting and fly

casting instruction. He lives in SW Washington USA and works for RIO Products, where he designs and tests fly lines, as well as being the Brand Manager for RIO. He continues to conduct fly casting classes and seminars around the world.


Marc Bale-Sage


About Marc Bale

Marc Bale is International Sales Director for Sage, RIO and Redington.


Marc began his career as an independent rep for Sage, then moved inhouse in 1989 as Sage’s first Sales Manager. He remained in that role until 1994 when he became the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Sage, and then for Redington when Sage acquired Redington in 2003, and then again for RIO when they were acquired by Sage in 2005.


As Marc says, “This is a roundabout way of saying that I’ve been around the Sage company in one capacity or another for over 30 years. I also have the dubious distinction, uncorroborated of course, of having been in more specialty fly fishing shops than anyone in the world.


I saw the original Sage ownership change from the founders Don Green and Bruce Kirshner in 1994 to the present ownership, the Joshua Green Corporation in Seattle.


Of late I have also seen the acquisition of the Fly Water Travel  Company as well as the bringing on of a major new category specializing in flies. The company has grown twenty-fold during my tenure.


Having grown up in Michigan, I am a lifelong fly fisherman, having been taught by my father on the Pere Marquette River.

I owe a big debt to Ray Bergman, whose book Trout sustained me during a long misspent childhood. I have been lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to fish all over the world, a gift I don’t take.

If I had one day left to fish, my choice would vacillate between wading a fine, lonely bonefish flat or fishing a remote steelhead river in British Columbia in the Fall. But frankly any fly fishing is better than no fly fishing, and I would be equally happy chasing just about any species as long as it involved a fly rod. I also feel incredibly fortunate to have spent my career working in this industry


Other Events to see Simon & Marc casting and equipment display


  1. NSFFC ( Northern ) event,Casting Demonstrations on Saturday November 3rd - VFFA Members Welcome


  1. Flyfishers is the co-host with Red Tag Flyfishers 10am to 3pm , Sunday 4th of November - VFFA Members Welcome