FOSAF FLYFISHING MILESTONES
Since its inception FOSAF has
led and continues to lead a series of initiatives
of benefit to fly fishing in particular and
to the aquatic environment as a whole. Including:
- Negotiating with Government and Provincial
Authorities on the situation in the Cape where
angling for trout was deregulated. As a result
of these negotiations and discussions, suitable
arrangements have been worked out between
the Cape Department of Nature Conservation
and the Cape Piscatorial Society who now control
- Publishing an official journal which has
grown into the popular bi-monthly magazine
Fly Fishing. A magazine that, although we
no longer have a financial interest in, continues
to play a role in disseminating FOSAF communications
to our members and the fly fishing public
- Making donations to various organisations
for research projects of benefit to flyfishing.
These include cost effective breeding of trout,
genetic selection and breeding tigerfish,
and research on population genetics of yellowfish.
- Holding discussions with timber companies
to promote flyfishing as a sport and to obtain
concessions for flyfishers on their land or
- Organising flyfishing expositions which
have been held in Grahamstown, Barkly East,
Stutterheim, King William's Town and Somerset
- Liaising with Provincial trout hatcheries
and authorities regarding the breeding and
stocking of trout.
- Organising a tour of prominent international
flyfishers to South Africa to promote the
sport of flyfishing and local flyfishing opportunities
as a tourist attraction.
- Rendering advice and guidance to authorities
and anglers concerning the ethics and discipline
of trout fishing.
- Supporting the efforts of the Eastern Cape
Chapter which has facilitated cost effective
methods for rearing trout as well as researching
and recommending the merits and value of stocking
remote areas with trout fry.
- Assisting in funding and obtaining displays
for the flyfishing section of the Knysna Angling
- Making important submissions to government
on white papers on Forestry, Water Affairs
and Environmental Affairs.
- Hosting a watershed workshop entitled "TROUT
'94" where 33 presenters from government departments,
researchers and other interested parties produced
papers from which 61 issues emerged which
were handled at a further workshop in August
'95 and resulted in the formulation of FOSAF
Policy Guidelines in 1996.
- Negotiating with the Mpumalanga Parks Board
to prevent the de-regulation of the protection
of trout waters which now have protection
as flyfishing waters. Providing advice and
guidance on the debate which resulted in permission
being granted for the stocking of trout in
- Producing and publishing the first comprehensive
guide on flyfishing venues in Southern Africa,
The Nedbank Guide to Flyfishing Venues in
Southern Africa in 1996 with four subsequent
editions published with sponsorship from Nedbank.
This was a milestone in the promotion of and
association with fly fishing by major sponsors.
- Obtaining a sponsored vehicle from Samcor
for the Dept. of Ichthyology and Fisheries
Science at Rhodes University in Grahamstown,
for work on behalf of the Eastern Cape Chapter
- Holding Trout '97 Workshop and developing
proceedings on small scale breeding of trout,
weed control, stocking strategies, managing
high and low intensity fisheries and improving
the productivity of man-made impoundments
- Commissioning, also in 1997, a study on
the economic benefits on flyfishing in South
Africa by a researcher at Stellenbosch University,
and a major market research project by Markinor
- Founding the Yellowfish Working Group (YWG)
to uplift the status of this magnificent indigenous
freshwater game fish as an angling species
and to promote its conservation, protection
and re-habilitation. The first National YWG
Conference was held in 1997 and subsequently
conferences are held on an annual basis.
- Producing the highly acclaimed report State
of the Yellowfish in South Africa - 2007 with
sponsorship from the Water Research Commission,
the Department of Environmental Affairs and
Tourism and the River Health Programme. This
was followed by the Technical Report of 2008.
- Providing guidance and encouragement for
the development of flyfishing facilities in
all provinces of which the very successful
Wild Trout Association of the Eastern Cape
is a good example.
- Making financial contributions to conservation
departments such as the Cape Nature Conservation
to help fund the attendance of scientific
officers at international conferences important
- Liaising and co-operating with other NGO's
with similar interests such as the Endangered
Wild Life Trust, Eco Care Trust and Save the
- Instituting FOSAF Exemplary Service Awards.
These have been awarded to Prof Kadar Asmal
for his Working for Water Project, to Dr Louis
Wolhuter and Garth Brook for their contribution
in the production of the Nedbank Guide to
Flyfishing Venues in Southern Africa, to Dr
Douglas Hey of Cape Nature Conservation for
his massive contribution to conservation and
to Andy Lawlor for pioneering work on introducing
paraplegics to fly fishing. Other notable
recipients are Fred Croney, Ed Herbst, Bill
Barnes, Pierre de Villiers, Dave Rorke, Brian
von Holdt, Bill Bainbridge, Dean Impson, Harvey
Venter, Jake Alletson, Theo van Niekerk, Mark
Yelland and Trevor Babich.
- Co-operating with the Endangered Wildlife
Trust and the Highland Crane Group by funding
and advising on workshops on the situating
of eco friendly dams and assisting with the
pioneering Mpumalanga Highlands Wetland Study
with a project cost of R100 000.
- Assisting the Free State Chapter with the
stocking of the Swartwater impoundment that
produced the incredible 18lb. 2Żoz. Rainbow
trout caught by Mike Posthumous.
- Assisting a faculty member of Stellenbosch
University to attend a conference in Australia
to present a paper on small development programmes
for aquaculture in South Africa.
- Providing funding to the Wild Trout Association
and Rhodes University for their Geographical
Information System project to help to manage
fly fishing waters and provide useful information
- Providing funding to the KwaZulu-Natal Chapter
of FOSAF and the School of Environment and
Development to assess and develop the potential
of fly fishing in the Underberg district with
community-based resource management strategies.
- Sponsoring renowned international anglers
and authors Darrel Martin (USA) and Taff Price
(UK) to fish for our indigenous yellowfish
and saltwater species and promote South African
flyfishing in the international press.
- Developing a FOSAF Website that providing
up-to-date reports on angling conditions throughout
- Initiating in 2001, through the Yellowfish
Working Group, a major study on the population
genetics of the two Orange-Vaal yellowfish
species. This study was undertaken mainly
with funding by AngloGold-Ashanti and Lesotho
Highlands Authority while much of the initial
sampling was undertaken by YWG volunteers.
The study was finalized in 2007 and these
findings have led to other organizations carrying
out similar studies on other yellowfish species.
- Helping job creation by supporting the Highlands
Academy, set up to train previous disadvantaged
youngsters as fly fishing guides.
- Publishing various papers and bulletins
including The Yellowfish Working Group Newsletter
and The Tippet a general newsletter to FOSAF
members as well as various pamphlets of interest
to fly fishermen in general.
- Launched the FOSAF Guide to Southern Africa
which replaces the old Nedbank Guide thus
continuing to provide the fly-fishing industry
with an invaluable service.
- In May 2011 formed a coalition named the
'Steenkampsberg Environmental Initiative'
together with the Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks
Authority and a number of environmental NGO's
such as EWT, Birdlife SA and WESSA. The objective
is to protect from mining and other inappropriate
developments the unique and endangered biodiversity
and extensive wetlands of the Dullstroom plateau.
This area also includes much of the famous
- For the last 6 years have been negotiating with the authorities with regard to the provisions of the National Environmental Management:Biodiversity Act (NEM:BA) with particular reference to those fishes classified as alien/invasives including trout.
- UJ study.
Commissioned the University of Johannesburg to undertake a study of the tourist industry in Dullstroom and surrounding region. Results to be presented in Dullstroom on 9 April 2013 and later to be published and also included on this website.