Sport Fly Fishing NZ is a not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting sports fly fishing in NZ. We run regional championship events throughout NZ mainly over the summer months from which anglers compete to qualify for the NZ National Championships which are held on lake and river venues. From these National Championships teams are selected to represent New Zealand at either the World Championships, Commonwealth Championships or the Oceania Championships.
NEWS: Hamilton Regional Championships on the Waihou River 26/27 September - CHANGE TO COMPETITION FORMAT
With the current COVID environment, we have had to adapt the format of the upcoming competition. This competition will now be angler controlled. This means anglers are no longer required to supply a dedicated controller.
Please advise your controllers asap that they will no longer be needed. It may be possible for some controllers to be observers at the competition subject to restrictions on numbers that may be imposed due to COVID-19. Those wishing to observe should contact the competition organisers who will confirm whether this is possible as more information about restrictions comes to hand.
EVENT: Tauranga Regional Championships THIS COMPETITION HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: The first river competition of the 2020-21 SFFNZ season was to be be held on the spring-fed Waimakariri River in the South Waikato on the 12-13th September and was angler/competitor controlled (meaning competitors will control and referee each other, then swap over). This even has been postponed and a new date is yet to be finalised.
A new set of SFFNZ Rules for the 2020-21 season have been posted,
Click here to download.
RESULTS: The 2020/21 SFFNZ Competition season has begun after an interrupted year due to the Covid-19 virus. Our first competition of the upcoming season was held over 1-2 August on Lake Maraetai at Mangakino - a Waikato River System Hydro Lake which holds a good population of stunning brown trout as well as rainbows. This was a loch-style lake competition held out of drifting boats. Competitors searched out some large fish over the weekend, and while fish were hard to find, those that were hooked were fabulous specimens with some large brown measuring in the early 60cm range.
Rankings changed numerous times over the weekend, highlighting the importance of consistency and making the most of every opportunity presented. Congratulations to Ben Henton (1st place), Neil Hirtzel (2nd place), and Tim Rich (3rd place). Thank you to Mark Clasper for organising and hosting this competition.
NEWS 2020/21 Season Ahead. The competition schedule has been set out thanks to SFFNZ's Nick Langdon and Chris Young our competition co-ordinators. These event will be loaded up shortly on the website and entries available a few weeks before each champs.
Note: Please do not book until each event is loaded on our events page and details are confirmed.
Commonwealth Champs. The competition was a great success and feedback from the competitors was extremely positive. The organisers did a fabulous job in trying conditions and despite various setbacks managed to pull off a great event. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to make it happen. Also, thanks to the people who volunteered their time to control, drive busses, take photos and more. It would not have been possible without your help. The two NZ teams performed well and came away with a 3rd and 7th. Tim Anderson and Ollie Bassett were our best placed individuals with a 5th and 6th, both a hare’s breath away from a medal. Full results can be found here: https://commonwealthflyfish2020.co.nz/results/
EVENT: Commonweath Fly Fishing Champs in Aotearoa NZ 2020. Check out the latest info and event details on the CFFC2020 website HERE.
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2019/20 National Champs called off due to COVID-19, stay safe be kind NZ!
National Champion 2018/19 - Cory Scott (3x National Champion)
National Champion 2017/18 - Cory Scott
National Champion 2016/17 - Cory Scott
Oceania Champion 2017 - Sam Bourne
National Champion 2015/16 - Johnny Bell