WITH “rod” quite literally in his name, it’s no surprise Alan Brodbeck has spent the last 20 years fly-fishing.
The angler taught crowds the flick of the wrist at the Guyra Trout Fest on Saturday.
The best thing about fly-fishing is the way it occupies the mind, Mr Brodbeck said.
“When you’re fly-fishing, you can’t think of anything else,” he said.
“The first thing that happens when you think of something else is you wreck it – you put it in the tree or in the grass.
“So your mind is totally focused on fly-fishing and it’s a way to clear your mind.”
A volunteer for Fishcare, Mr Brodbeck is one of a wider group of people that talk to anglers about fishing rules, responsible fishing and run workshops with schools and communities.
“I’m from Tamworth,” Mr Brodbeck said.
“I demonstrate fly-casting and I also help out with the junior clinics that they have.
“That’s one of my specialties, I love to bring the young ones forward.
“Some of them come because mum and dad tell them I think, but there’s quite a few where you’d be amazed at the timing they seem to develop very quickly.”
Local Jon Cumming learnt the ropes from Mr Brodbeck on Saturday at the Guyra Trout Fest.
“This is my first attempt at fly-fishing and it’s a real concentration thing,” he said.
“While you can flick a lure and not really think about it, really it can end up going anywhere.
“In this particular art of fishing – you’re aiming your fly into a certain spot, it’s very specific in that sense and I find the fly-fishermen I’ve met are very passionate fishermen.”
Junior clinics were run at the Guyra Trout Fest on Saturday, but Mr Brodbeck also makes visits to Ebor four times a year with Fishcare.
These clinics teach casting, basic knot tying, rigging and good fishing practices and protecting fishing resources for the future.
The clinic at the Guyra Trout Fest ran at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon.
Fishcare had a van at the event to displaying different fish, threatened species and aquatic habitats.