IN MY OPINION — Erwin Bursik

THE importance of FOSAF is something that cannot be overstated. I have mentioned this before, but here, in detail, in the words of Ilan Lax, FOSAF’s national chairman, is a breakdown of exactly what FOSAF does for us flyfishers .... The Federation of Southern African Flyfishers (FOSAF) was formed in 1986 in response to the then Cape Nature Conservation’s decision to repeal the laws regulating trout fishing without consultation of the various interested parties and the public. FOSAF is a voluntary association, with members from across the sub-continent organised in four main chapters/regions: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KZN and the Northern Region. Free State is shared by the last two. Chapters have committees of committed people represented on a national executive committee with responsibility for the organisation’s governance. FOSAF is a registered public benefit organisation and donations are tax deductible.

Why should one be a member of FOSAF? Perhaps the answer lies in a series of other questions: Are you passionate about flyfishing? If so, what are you doing to promote it and to conserve or improve the sensitive places where we flyfish? Are you fostering the next generation of flyfishers? Finally, are you helping to ensure that flyfishing contributes in a relevant way to making South Africa a sustainable economy?

If you join FOSAF you will be contributing to an important legacy. Over the years FOSAF has:

• unified and represented all flyfishers, clubs and flyfishing interests.
• developed sound policies, principles and ethics to engage Government and other NGO stakeholders to secure the interests of flyfishing, the environment and all the flyfishing prey species, but especially on the trout situation on an ongoing basis since 1986. Spin offs include the NEMBA campaign; helping with permit problems in the Western and Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KZN; helping the Cape Piscatorial Society obtain control of Cape trout waters; and helping form Trout South Africa to recognise the full trout value chain.
• helped form, fund and lead the Yellowfish Working Group.
• contributed to and promoted research about yellowfish, trout, tigerfish and the economic value of flyfishing for SA (especially in rural communities).
• helped oppose inappropriate mining activities in water-sensitive flyfishing areas.
• started FLYFISHING magazine and published guides and various flyfishing and -tying books.
• united people around flyfishing and fly-tying by promoting expos, clinics and involving the youth.
• developed and promoted flyfishing guides’ training and job creation. Membership of FOSAF also gives one access to certain discounts, including a reduced price for suscribing to FLYFISHING magazine.

So, if you would like to part of helping us achieve more of the above, please join FOSAF. See for more details.
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