Fishing for recovery lands big smiles!

NSW DPI has partnered with community groups in Forbes and the New England region to take those recovering from breast cancer and the devastating past year of drought, fires and floods out fishing with new friends for the day.
Twelve amazing women learnt the fine art of fly fishing from DPI Fishcare Volunteer and expert fly angler Rodney Tonkin at the Forbes Pink Fishing Day earlier this month. Everyone was keen to have a go and all were amazed at the skill and patience involved in this almost meditative form of fishing. Pink flies and some sweet treats were also presented, courtesy of Fishcare Vol Ben Nieuwerth.
Also this month, 14 rural landholders and primary producers from across the northern New England region got involved in a rural recovery workshop at DPI’s Dutton Trout Hatchery, spending a day away from their properties at the Ebor-based hatchery for some much needed relaxation and socialising while also experiencing the positive benefits of learning the art of fly fishing.
Experienced fly instructors from Coffs Coast Fly Fishing Club generously shared their knowledge and love of this gentle art. Participants also received a box of flies prepared by the club as a take-home memento.
It is such a privilege for DPI to be able to partner with amazing groups including Coffs Coast Fly Fishing Club Inc and McGrath Foundation to help make these days so successful.
And of course none of this would be possible without our dedicated team of Fishcare Volunteers and the support of local angling clubs.
NSW DPI runs a variety of fishing workshops across the State. Keep up to date at Find out more about DPI’s rural support services at

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