Anglers compete in Rodd and Gunn Oceania Fly Fishing Champs
Media release from Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game
Get ready...fish! Anglers compete in Rodd and Gunn Oceania Fly Fishing Champs
The 2013 Rodd and Gunn Oceania Fly Fishing Championships are being held from 19th to 24th March 2013, the teams based in Rotorua.
The champs are being contested on Lake Aniwhenua in the Waikato and the Waihou and Waimakariri Streams on the outskirts of Putaruru.
There are 25 competitors, made up of two teams each from New Zealand, Australia and an invitational World team.
All anglers will complete five sessions of three hours each. There will be sessions on the Waimakariri and Waihou Rivers, and a lake session will be run from drifting boats at Lake Aniwhenua.
A total of five teams with five anglers in each are entered. Sports Fly Fishing NZ have two teams, as does Fly Fish Australia, and an invitational team is made up of several different nationalities.
In each session competitors are scored on every fish that they catch over 18cms, and awarded extra points for the length of those fish.
The cumulative total gives a placing for each session, and these are added at the end of the event to determine final gold, silver and bronze placings for teams as well as individuals. All fish are released alive and only barbless hooks may be used.
The anglers are staying in Rotorua and ‘controllers’ will drive anglers to fishing venues in for each day’s competition.
The event concludes with a dinner event and prize-giving in Rotorua on the evening of 23rd March.