Lake fishing competition
from the bank
Official Amendments to the Official Rules:
- The competition will consist of three (3) competition sessions.
- Each competition session comprises of one and a half (1.5) hour of fishing
- This is a team and individual competition. Each team is made up of two (2) competitors.
- Being part of a team is not mandatory.
- The rotation is set by the Rotation System and the draw.
- The competitors will be placed in three different groups according to their competition experience and previous results.
- Fishing will be performed from the shore. No wading allowed.
- A competitor may only cast their flies within the marked boundaries of their beat.
- Netting of fish must be performed solely by the competitor who caught and wishes to score the fish.
- Only fish hooked in the mouth area or in front of the rear edge of the gill cover, will be eligible for the scoring of points
- The competitor may remove the hook, and must revive the fish and release it, taking care not to damage the fish, as a dead fish is ineligible for scoring of points.
- The use of hand-signals, written and verbal communication or radios, phones, and other electronic communication devices are not permitted during competition sessions.
- The use of maximum three flies is permitted which must not be closer to each other than fifty (50) cm, measured eye to eye, hanging freely.
- All flies must be dressed on hooks that are either barbless, de-barbed, or have the barb squeezed down flat.
- A single visible bead may be used on each fly, but may be not more than 4 mm in its maximum dimension. No fly length restrictions.
- All flies must be attached to the leader in such a way that they do not move or slide (loop knots are not permitted and are considered to be illegal).
FLY LINE SETUP:
- Neither sinking nor floating devices may be added to fly lines (bobbers, barrel-swivels, split-shot or other weights are not permitted).
- Leaders may be knotted or knotless, and tapered or level, and must be continuous for its entire length (tying leader to the bend of the hook is not permitted).
- A single loop of max. 10cm length may only be used to connect leader to fly line. Shooting heads are not permitted.
- Competitors may have spare fly rods with them rigged and ready to go, but use only one at the time.
- Mandatory competition nets for landing the fish.
- Eligible fish species: trout
- No minimum length for the scoring of points
- For measuring purposes; the length will be from the tip of the nose to the tip in the tail
- Competitors are awarded one (1) point for a fish smaller then 40 cm and two (2) points for a fish longer then 40 cm.
- Fish hooked during a competition session is eligible if it is landed not more than 5 minutes after the session ends.
- It is the responsibility of each competitor to provide and wear their own eye protection.
- Each participant is responsible for checking the accuracy of their scorecard, ensuring that their fellow competitor/controller has crossed out the unused part of the scorecard and confirming this by signing it at the end of each period.
- Each participant is responsible for their own travel to and from all official events and during the practice and competition sessions
- All scorecards must be handed to the sector judge immediately after the session ends (missing or late cards will be disqualified).
- Competitor is responsible for his equipment.
- No wading allowed.
- Lack of sportsmanship towards competitors, organizers or officials.
- The use by a team member of a fish/depth finder during a session.
- Use of any prohibited substance(s) constituting doping, according to the anti-doping regulations set.
- Use of any live bait or fish attractant is prohibited.
- If a fellow competitor or competition official determines that a competitor has negligently injured a fish, that fish will not be scored, and the competitor will be penalized the number of points attributable to a fish of minimum valid length (a -1 point penalty)
- At the conclusion of the session, any fish that are hooked while the flies are in the water or as they’re being retrieved back, are NOT eligible for scoring points.
- Disciplinary measures are:
– Disallowing all or part of a competitor’s catch
– Disqualification of a team or individual
Adapted from the 2012 Competition Rules of FFC
(Fly Fishing Canada)
Adapted from the 2013 Competition Rules of FIPS
(Federation Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche)