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 qualify for the NZ National Championships which are held on lake and river venues.
From these national championships teams are selected to represent SFFNZ at either the world champs, Commonwealth champs or the Oceania championships.
National Pairs Champs 4th & 5th November: The National Pairs are coming up soon - enter now, check out the full details, closure dates, contact details and online entry form at - click for details. The champs are proudly supported by Rod and Reel Tackle!
RESULTS: BOP Lake Champs success for North Shore Angler Johnny Bell 1st, followed by Brendon Lyon 2nd and Dan Comer 3rd click for details.
Auckland Champs 21st October: The Auckland Champs on the Ohinemuri River are coming up soon - enter now, check out the full details, closure dates, contact details and online entry form at - click for details.
THOUGHTS OF JOHN MURPHY!
With much sadness we offer our condolences to the family and friends of John Murphy on his passing. John was an integral part of SFFNZ family having represented NZ in 11 Fly Fishing Championships. One of our top anglers John placed in the top 20 at the 1998 World Fly Fishing Champs, was Captain of a Silver medal winning NZ team at the Commonwealth champs in 1999, and he was the first NZ representative at a Salt fly international in the USA. As well as his fishing skills John was a Contributor to the wider industry and fly fishing scene having been published in NZ best trout flies (book), as a regular contributor to Fishing News, and Fly Fishing NZ (pocket book) with Neil Castles. RIP John, may your lines be tight on the other side mate.
RESULTS: Waikato Champs success for Gisborne's Cory Scott 1st, podium packed with NZ & Australian international anglers click for details.
(L-R) Sam Bourne 3rd, Cory Scott 1st, John Rumph 2nd
NZ Youth Development Squad: SFFNZ are proud to introduce some of the top youth anglers around click for details. Keep an eye out for the young guns and development team this season.
Dates set for 2017/18 Season: Check out the latest updates for the 2017/18 season ahead click for details. The first event of the season is the Waikato Champs on Lake Maraetai, check out the full details, closure dates, contact details and online entry form at - click for details. Next up is the Bay of Plenty Champs on Lake Rerewhakaaitu, check out the full details, closure dates, contact details and online entry form at - click for details.
WFFC 2017 Slovakia: Meet the NZ Silver Flies (NZ Fly Fishing Team) heading to Slovakia this August to compete the the World Fly Fishing Champs click for details.
FIPS-Mouche Technical Commission: A massive congratulations to our very own Paul Dewar on his election to the International governing body FIPS-Mouche Technical Commission. Paul has captained the NZ Team to many World Championships. This will be a great opportunity for this part of the world to be represented at a this level in a sport dominated by the European nations. Top effort Paul!
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016/17: After a rain effected postponement the event was held. New champions crowned for the NZ National Champs - Lake Champ, River Champ and Overall National Champ. For full results, and scores click for details.
OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017: NZ Team win at Oceania Championships. The ANZAC spirit is alive and well in a hotly contested event on some of New Zealand's best loch style fly fishing lake click for details.
Hawkes Bay REGIONAL CHAMPS - RESULTS:
Kicking off in early Feb 2017 was the Hawkes Bay Regional Champs 2016! The regional will be held on Tukituki River. For full results, and scores click for details.
NATIONAL CHAMPS - RESCHEDULED AND ABOUT TO KICK OFF:
After a delay in March due to bad weather. We are now kicking off the National Champs 2017 on the 28th, 29th and 30th April! The top 20 anglers will battle it out on Lake Kuratau (Lake Aniwhenua has been ruled out due to recent weather events), Waihou River and Waimakariri Stream. Keep up to date on this event, and check for venue closure dates HERE: click for details
Wellington CHAMPS - ENTER NOW:
ATTN: SFFNZ MEMBERS & PARTICIPANTS - EVENT CANCELLED
We have been notified by the organiser that this event is now cancelled.
Kicking off in early February 2017 will be the Wellington Regional Champs! The regional will be held on the 18th of February on the Ruamahanga River. For all information, and entry form click for details.
hawkes bay CHAMPS - enter now:
Kicking off in early February 2017 was the Hawkes Bay Regional Champs! The regional will be held on the 4th and 5th of February on the Tukituki River. For all information, and entry form click for details.
Taupo REGIONAL CHAMPS - results:
Kicking off in early December 2016 was the Totally Fly Taupo Regional Champs 2016! The regional will be held on the 10th and 11th of December on Lake Kuratau. For full results, report and scores click for details.
MANAWATU REGIONAL CHAMPS - Results:
Kicking off in November 2016 is the Manawatu Regional Champs 2016! For full results…Click for entry details. SFFNZ would like to congratulate the winners Tim Rich 1st, Mark Clasper 2nd and Tim Anderson 3rd. The regional will be held on the 26th and 27th of November on the Manawatu River.
NATIONAL PAIRS WINNERS:
The National Pairs weekend went off. The weather held and anglers were able to fish both the top and bottom of the lake across the sessions. Special thanks to the organisers (Tim, Lloyd and Billy). SFFNZ also acknowledge our prize sponsors Rod&Reel Tackle and the Park for hosting us. This year the National Pairs title was taken out by Tim Anderson and Dan Comer. For full results and scores click for details.
In brief the winners were:
Pairs title - Dan and Tim 1st (Pictured below with Peter Scott), John and Tarn 2nd, Billy and Tim 3rd.
Individual title - Dan 1st, Paul 2nd, Billy 3rd
Biggest Fish - John Bell 59cm!
Look back at this years internationals, the Commonwealth Champs in Canada, and World Champs in USA, see links below:
Follow the team on Sport Fly Fishing NZ Facebook page, or read the Captain Reports from Neil Hirtzel (Commonwealth Captain) - click for details, and Paul Dewar (World Team Captain) - click for details. Check out the World Champs webpage, download the App and follow the teams.
one of the greats!
With much sadness we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Pat O'Keefe on his passing. Pat was an integral part of SFFNZ in the early years and represented us in five World Fly Fishing Championships, winning bronze in 1999 in Australia, as well as the Oceania Championships in 96. Pat also worked in the trout fishing industry as a shop owner and a guide. He was a much loved and respected member of the NZ Trout fishing fraternity. RIP Pat, may your lines be tight on the other side.
members: keep in touch
SFFNZ Committee meeting in May 2016, keep in touch and see the full meeting minutes attached Click for details.
National Champion 2016/17 - Cory Scott
Oceania Champion 2017 - Sam Bourne
National Champion 2015/16 - Johnny Bell