2008 World Fly Fishing Champs
28th Fips-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships, 2008
World Fly Fishing Championships
Nineteen fly fishing teams
from around the world plus four individual anglers representing
a further four countries competed for team and individual championship
titles in the Rotorua
region of New Zealand's North Island from 22-29 March 2008.
Rotorua Lakes Ecology and Restoration Programme
A conservation symposium on the Ecology and Restoration
of the Rotorua lakes was held during the world champs Find
Sport Fly Fishing NZ (Inc.)
The official website for
the 2008 world champs is:
International Organiser WFFC 2008
Phone: 09 630 8826 (home)
Fax : +64 9 630 7170 (home)
Mobile: 021 638826
Vice President SFFNZ
Captain, NZ Silver Flies
Mobile: 021 63 88 26
Sports Fly Fishing NZ (Inc)
PO Box 745
Phone 64 4 472 7827
Fax 64 4 472 9982
The organising committee
for the 2008 world champs comprised:
Ian Gibbs, Dave Pirrit, Peter Scott, Steve Brown,
Kiyoshi Nakagawa, John Murphy, Strato Cotsilinis, Jeff Fuller, Kay
Stanbury, Hilary Prior, Verna Langslow, Rob Vaz, Dan Reagan, Dave
McLellan and Roy Richardson.
The 2008 champs were based
in the central North Island of New Zealand in the Rotorua,
Sector I: Whanganui
Genesis Energy Sector II: Lake
Genesis Energy Sector III: Lake
Sector IV: Waihou
Sector V: Waimakariri
Reserve river: Ohinemuri
Reserve lake: Lake
View further details at the 2008
World Fly Fishing Champs website.
of the fishing venues is provided at the 2008 World Fly Fishing
See also the nzfishing.com maps for the:
and the nzfishing.com access and topograpical
maps for each river or lake
|How it works
The five river and lake venues where the competition
takes place are known as "sectors". Each sector is divided
into beats of at least two hundred metres, with the same number
of beats in each sector as the number of participating teams. The
beats are selected to provide all competitors with equal fishing
opportunities and to ensure that noone is either advantaged or disadvantaged
by the quality of the beat.
Following two practice days, the three days of
competition begin. Over the three days, each individual angler fishes
at each venues for a three hours session. Anglers are fishing against
the clock and, if a fish dies before it is released, no points are
awarded. Catches are measured and scored, and the team scores are
calculated by combining the 25 individual session scores. All team
members are also entered in the individual championships.
Sector judges conduct and supervise the competition,
while volunteer controllers measure the fish and ensure participants
adhere to the rules.
Participants can use any fly they want so long
as it includes no more than one bead at the head. The bead can be
no longer than four millimeters. Flies can be weighted, but the
weight must be concealed within the fly. Competitors can use up
to three flies at a time, as long as the flies are 20 inches apart
on the fishing line.
For the 2008 world champs, anglers fished from
a drifting boat which must be capable of getting to any part of
the lake within the 10 minute pre-competition motoring time allowed.
The boat had to accommodate three people in comfort and safety:
two contestants and a controller.
|Boat fishing the NZ lakes
Lake fishing was conducted
from identical New Zealand-built Stabi-Craft 389 Frontier aluminium
pontoon boats. powered by 25hp Yamaha outboards, some two-stroke,
some four-stroke. Supplied on standard Stabi-Craft trailers, the
boats will also be used at the 2008 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships
in Hawkes Bay the following week.
After the events, the boats were offered to competitors
and other interested parties at special prices and to the general
public via Stabi-Craft's extensive dealer network. Find
out more at the Stabi-Craft website.
The use of felt-soled (footed)
boots or waders was prohibited during the 2008 world championships
in order to help prevent the spread of didymo to North Island fishing
more about didymo.
Results of the...
World Fly Fishing champs
National Fly Tying Championship 2008