About the PFIGA

 
In the late 1980's there weren't many professional fishing guides in Australia, yet the fledgling industry was getting a bad reputation due to poor experiences some people were having with "amateur" fishing guides.
 
The late Mike Spry in Khancoban, along with Bill Bourke from Alexandra were the prime movers in getting together a small group of guides to form an association. Other founding members were John Killip, Evan Mathews, and Ron Vise. One of the earliest "meetings" of the association was around a fire on the frosty banks of the Eucumbene River when the lake trout were running upstream in early winter.
 
Eventually, the Australian Professional Fly Fishing Instructors and Guides Association was formed in 1990 with an emphasis on fly fishing training activities. The name was changed to its present form at the 1992 Annual General Meeting when it was decided that the association would embrace all methods of recreational fishing, with guiding and instructing getting equal emphasis.
 
For a few years membership of the PFIGA remained very small, until Rod Barford took over as secretary and started working hard to recruit members. The numbers increased to nearly fifty before the severe drought during the late 90's and early 2000's began to affect participation in freshwater angling throughout South East Australia. As a result, a number of members dropped out of the industry, going back to their "day jobs" in many cases.
 
Now, in 2010, membership is slowly creeping back up.  With an influx of members specialising in Saltwater services the face of the PFIGA has evolved again and now boasts fee for service fishing guides and instructors from all around Australia.
 
The Accreditation provided by the PFIGA is world class and distinguishes those that gain this accolade as the leaders in their field, covering all aspects of business best practice, eco friendly and sustainable fishing practices, OHS and Customer Service.  A PFIGA accredited guide or fishing instructor can be trusted.
 
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Executive Committee

President:
Steve Williamson
Secretary:
Melanie Young
Treasurer:
David Taylordavid@mctab.com.au
Nsw Representative:Jason Hoyland
 

 

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