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Competitive Fishing

What does competitive fly fishing entail?

Teams of anglers and individuals attend competitive events throughout the year.

Competitors earn points for the number and length of fish caught within 3-hour sessions.

Competitions are typically 3 days long, but can be single day events.

By accumulating points you get ranked within a session, and your ranking counts to the overall competition.

It’s a team sport, and the combined rank of all the team members is what counts most. The team dynamic means that knowledge is shared between the anglers to improve everyone’s outcome.

Four national championships are held annually around the country: A nationals (serious stuff), B Nationals (focused on fun and learning), Woman’s nationals (ever growing), and Youth Nationals (for under 18 anglers). Making a WPFFA team allows you to travel, fish and learn.

Competitions generally target trout in rivers and dams, but have, on occasion, included native species such as yellow fish.

All competitions follow modified international fly fishing competition rules set by FIPS - you can also see all the latest news and event information on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FIPSed1954.

The South African Fly Fishing Association (SAFFA) is a national organisation. WPFFA , like other provincial fly fishing organisations, is affiliated to SAFFA. Thus, all SAFFA rules apply to all WPFFA anglers at all times:

SAFFA Constitution as amended at AGM 13 Oct 2012

SAFFA-Competition-Fishing-Rules

SAFFA Selection Policy Oct 2017

SASACC Disciplinary Procedures & Dispute Resolution Policy

For a list of competitions and events go to our Events page.

Making the Team

To make a team you need to improve your ranking within WPFFA.
Rankings are based on several assessment factors including:
Performance in internally organized competitive trials
Performance in previous competitions
Continuous assessment processes:
  • casting
  • reading waters
  • fly tying
  • competition knowledge

Contact us to find out more details about making the team and participating in trials.