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.
Latest COMPETITION News
Mark Clasper wins a close Lake Rerewhakaaitu Comp
The Bay of Plenty Regional Champs was held on the weekend and Mark won a close fought race from Chris Young on countback. James Fuller came in 3rd place with Rachel McNae just heading off Wendy Lu to be top lady.
Tim Rich takes out season opener at the WAIKATO REGIONAL LAKE CHAMPS.
The first comp of the season was held on the weekend at Lake Maraetai in stunning conditions for this time of year. The fishing was a bit tough as to be expected for winter time but there were still some fantastic fish caught with several browns of 60cm plus caught.
Tim Rich was 1st from Neil Hirtzel 2nd and Tim Anderson 3rd. Suzie Fuggo was the highest placed of the ladies.
Full results > From left, Tim Anderson 3rd, Tim Rich 1st, Neil Hirtzel 2nd
HAMILTON REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!
The first river comp of the 2021-22 SFFNZ competition season is open for entries!
This comp will be held on the South Waikato spring-fed Waihou River, which is home to a healthy population of rainbow trout and was also the venue for the 2008 World Fly Fishing Championships as well as being used for many of our National Championships over the years. Being spring-fed it is one of the few rivers that doesn't flood as easily in the winter rains and is also open throughout the year for fishing.
Entry form and info>
BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL LAKE CHAMPS 14/15 AUGUST
Entry form and info>
SFFNZ 2022 World Champs Training squad named
Now that the season has finished, the selectors have been hard at work selecting the Training Squad for the 2022 World Championships in Spain. You’ll remember from previous communications that squad membership is at the discretion of the selectors, where the focus is on performance and teamwork. Here is the squad:
Billy Thrupp, Hugo Pearce, James Fuller, Mark Clasper, Ollie Bassett, Tim Anderson, Tim Rich and Cory Scott.
In addition, Nick Langdon has been selected as Team Manager.
Congratulations to all the squad members and good luck with your training for the rest of the winter.
ROTORUA RIVER CHAMPS 2020/21
The Rotorua river champs were held on the Whirinaki river over two days, the river fished really well with lots of fish caught.
Cory Scott came out the winner from Dan Comer and Ollie Bassett.
CENTRAL PLATEAU CHAMPS on Manganui O te au River is cancelled due to weather
SFFNZ 2020 Taupo Regional Championships. Lake Kuratau
It was a competition with a lot of fish caught and a battle between the young guns and the more experienced members with the young Hugo Pearce winning out over Johannes Krill and Tim Anderson. Billy Thrupp came in 4th followed by Tim Rich and Paul Dewar.
There were 640 fish caught over the 3 x three hour sessions, Tim managing to land 28 fish in the first session.
It was a great comp despite some strong winds, thanks to the orgainsers for getting it done and King Country Energy for letting us use the Lake.
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Hamilton Regional on Waihou Stream & Hawkes Bay Regional on Tuki Tuki River have been postponed.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 restrictions these two competitions have been postponed until further notice.
2021-22 season calendar now released.
Due to time constraints the River Pairs has been postponed until sometime in the new year.
At the SFFNZ AGM Paul Dewar was elected as president and Nick Langdon was elected as Vise President taking over from Johannes Krill and Tim Anderson who stepped down but are staying on as board members.
Full Board members list here >
Peter Scott awarded life membership
During our recent AGM held at the Distinction Hotel, Rotorua. We presented a number of awards for achievements over the competition season. Yet the most prestigious award was to celebrate the service and achievements over the last 25 years, in which Peter Scott was awarded ‘Life Membership’ to Sports Fly Fishing NZ.
National Champion 2020/21 - Billy Thrupp
2019/20 National Champs called off due to COVID-19,
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