"Sharing knowledge is the most fundamental act of friendship. Because it is a way you can give something without loosing something."
Some leaders in our Provinces are doing great things to inspire others in not only learning fly fishing and fly tying, but also Conservation of their river systems and the species inhabiting them. Over the years, some have initiated development projects to the Disabled, Youth and those less advantaged in their communities. Feel free to read about these below.
Thendela Fly Fishing Project
In mid 2011, The Kwazulu Natal Fly Fishing Association took the Thendela community under its wing and initiated the fly fishing project with Youth of the area. The aim of the project was to teach fly fishing as a recreational pastime and to assist with creating a community managed river fishery on the Mooi River within their own tribal trust lands.
“Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for a lifetime”
In this case this project is not actually feeding the community with fish but feeding them with a sustainable project that will give these people opportunities economically, socially and environmentally.
Visit their website and find them on facebook.
Social Disability Fly Fishing Competition
WPFFA has so far held “The Social Disability Fly Fishing Competition” on the 10th September, which has been a great success. The aim for this competition is to start building up the number of Physically Disabled anglers interested in the sport of fly fishing so that we can have a Fly Fishing National Championships for the physically disabled, which e has never happened in South Africa. Other countries are leagues ahead of us, and we believe that we can improve to their standard. It was proven at the Social Competition that there is an interest in the sport by the turnout we had. However there is a need for more accessible waters for Fly Fishing - one venue is not good enough. This was a tremendous experience for all involved, especially the full-bodied anglers who described it as “eye opening to see the difficulty that disabled anglers have to overcome to do this and they still enjoy the sport”.