First steps - a Chance meeting

An April 1972 chance meeting of two anglers on a South Auckland stream resulted in George Mackay (Honorary life Member, dec’d) and Dan Hartley (Honorary Life Member), bemoaning the lack of an angling club in Auckland,  convening a May meeting in the Wiri Hall at which a steering committee was elected and the Club was born at the Inaugural General Meeting in July 1972.     

AFAC Club Growth

From August 1972 to April 1975 club meetings were held in the Whitehaven Pensioner Village hall in Papatoetoe till membership growth demanded a venue change to Papatoetoe Scout Hall.  Subsequent meeting venues have been at Panmure School Hall, Remuera Intermediate School Hall, Ellerslie Eagles Rugby League Clubrooms, and the Commerce Club in Greenlane.

AFAC Club Assets - The first Huts

 In July 1974 the club purchased two ‘Linemens’ huts from NZ Rail and the first one was moved to the bank of the Puniu River at Newmans Rd, near KihiKihi, Waikato.  The second hut was located on the bank of the Waitawheta River, near Waihi, in February 1977 but due to lack of use and disrepair this hut was abandoned in July 1989.

The Turangi Huts Acquisition

The Club’s next Real Estate venture was the 1985 purchase of two ex NZ Electricity Dept huts transported to Turangi in May 1986 and linked together with an addition to form the original Turangi Lodge.  This amenity served the club well until February 2005 when it was sold and the present more suitable 3 bedroom house was purchased.            

Dinghy's at various locations

Over the years the club has had dinghys sited at Tomarata, Ototoa, &Tomsons Lakes and two at the Mangatangi Dam but due to vandalism, non-use, or maintenance  problems these have all been withdrawn and sold.

Club Activities

In its early years the club held one-day trips, on a Saturday or Sunday, to local waters in the Hunua and Bombay areas then these gradually expanded to week-end trips to the Waikato and Rotorua/Taupo areas and then the present monthly weekend trip format, to wider Central Nth Island localities, evolved with Sat & Sun breakfasts & Sat dinners catered.       

 

Other activities have included wader safety classes, fly tying classes, annual tackle auction (now discontinued), and the continuing annual fly casting competition and club night fly casting tuition (in the summer months) and fly tying demonstrations.

Competition Fishing

Many club members have fine-tuned their interest and skills in the highly specialized ‘art’ of competition angling and the club is well, and ably, represented in every World, Commonwealth, and Oceania Fly Fishing Championship team.