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2017 Oceania Fly Fishing Championships

Oceania Fly Fishing Championships background

In 2015 Australia will be the host country for the 10th Oceania Fly Fishing Championships.

The Oceania Championships were first held in New Zealand in 1998 and were the result of discussions between Fly Fish Australia and Sports Fly Fishing New Zealand. The original concept was to provide additional competition experience to anglers from both countries broadly under the FIPS-Mouche International Competition Rules. The reference to Oceania is derived from the Oceania Region defined by the IOC. Australia and New Zealand are currently the only FIPS-Mouche affiliated countries in the Oceania Region and it has been the practice to invite other countries to participate in the event. Past participants have included Canada, United States and Japan. There is currently no written agreement as to the conduct of the event however there is a mutual understanding the event, whilst modeled on the World Fly Fishing Championships, is not intended to carry with it the strict ceremonial content of that event. The Oceania Championships alternate between Australia and New Zealand as host countries. They are held every second year (in the odd numbered year) with the Commonwealth Championships being held every second year in the even numbered year.

The event is by tradition strongly contested by skilful anglers in an atmosphere of friendship with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Our event is designed to enhance that tradition.

2017 OFFC – Update from Timothy Rich 18/10/16

Sorry for the delay in making contact with you. As you know we have only recently been asked to take over the organisation of the Oceania Fly Fishing Championships 2017. The SFFNZ president and vice presidents Tony Houpt and Paul Dewar resigned after Nationals in March and were replaced by new leadership and new ideas and there have been a few teething problems. Usually, well before now, we would have had our team selections in place, a team captain and an organising committee. Unfortunately this has not occurred and we are now faced with the task of progressing in a somewhat challenged time frame. However, we are both committed to making this happen and being another very enjoyable and friendly competition between our countries.

Last Thursday I met with Chris Young, Brendan Lyon and Paul Dewar to get the ball rolling. Last Sunday I emailed the first 10 anglers on our Team Qualifying Points Table and offered them places in the teams which is as per our usual protocol and one they understand. I have had 7 acceptances already and should know the full make-up of the teams with in the next 2 weeks. We have decided to hold 2 sessions on Lake Rotoaira( Roe toe I ra) and 3 sessions on the Whanganui( funga new ee or wonga new ee) River. Our back up rivers are the Waihou and Waimakariri spring creeks which were used for the last Oceania held here in 2013. We are committed to keeping the costs as low as possible as Royce did in 2015. As I am sure you would appreciate, having a river venue incurs greater costs because of the need to pay for controllers’ accommodation, meals and transport as well as our own.

We have made the tough decision to drop our youth team and also unfortunately your 3rd team if you were planning to have a third team after conversations with Nigel. We have dropped the Rangitikei River because it is untested as a suitable venue and considerably added to travel and required 10 more controllers. This means that we can reduce our costs and travel. I apologise if this creates any problems for you with regard to your team selection.

We are going to use the Park Hotel, National Park Ruapehu, we have often used this Hotel for our competitions. National Park is 25 minutes to Lake Rotoaira and 30 minutes to the Whanganui River which is very manageable. I have costed the accommodation and meals and booked the accommodation at the Park. So far those costs are slightly less than in 2013

We have advised our anglers that we estimate the cost per angler will be 1400 to 1600 New Zealand dollars and they will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 500 dollars by the 30th of November 2017. I have costed the accommodation and meals and booked the accommodation at the Park. So far those costs are slightly less than in 2013. We think it is prudent to overestimate and hope to be able to give a refund like Royce did.

We appreciate your overall costs will be more because of plane fares other travel and accommodation and so we shall endeavour to keep the other costs on this side of the Tasman as low as possible. To this end the NZ anglers will drive the Australian anglers and the controllers to and from the venues during the competition. We shall also provide and drive our own boats and rest assured we shall be doing our utmost to find the fish.

Neither Tony Houpt or Paul Dewar will be competing this time, however, they have made themselves available with their boats to help with your unofficial team practices and guiding on the river. There should be others to help as well, however, until we know who is in each team we won’t know who will be free to help you.

I envisage that the Lake will be closed to all unofficial practice for a week before and there will be no fishing of the river beats for a month before. However, there is plenty of water above and below the beats for unofficial practice. There is also Lake Otamangakau and Lake Kuratau. Once we have finalised these details I shall let you know more.

All fish in the lake and the river are wild and hard fighters. I have attached the results of the 2016 river and lake Nationals to wet your appetites, there are usually plenty of fish in both venues although Rotoaira was tougher last year, it will be interesting to see how it fishes at the National Pairs comp in 3 weeks. What about Mark Clasper’s record of 59 fish on the Whanganui! Our Nationals will be held on Lake Kuratau and The spring creeks, so staying away from the Oceania Venues.

Unfortunately the bad news is you will each need to purchase 3 different fishing licences, A Taupo licence, a Rotoaira Access Permit\licence and a non-resident Fish and Game Licence. The licence numbers have to be recorded on the score sheets. You have to have a Taupo Licence to purchase a Rotoaira Licence and you need the fish and game licence to fish the Whanganui. We usually buy a season licence for each, you may wish to buy a shorter term where available. The fish and game licence allows you to fish all other Lakes and Rivers in North and South Islands which may or may not be useful to your anglers. The good news is you do not require a boat licence in New Zealand.

The Program to date is as follows:



Tuesday 4 April 5.00-6pm Registration 6.45pm Dinner 8pm Captain’s meeting and draw, after the draw you will know which venue but not your beat until you reach the river.

Wednesday 5 April Practice Day check boats 5.30am onwards breakfast 7.30pm Dinner

Thursday 5 April Competition Day 5.30 am onwards Breakfast 7.00 am depart for venues 7.30 pm Dinner

Friday 6 April Competition Day 5.30 am onwards Breakfast 7.00 am depart for venues 7.30pm Dinner

Saturday 7 April Competition Day 5.30am onwards Breakfast 7.00am Depart for venues 7.30pm-8pm Closing dinner drinks 8.00pm Dinner 9.15pm Prize Giving

Sunday 8 April Depart

Competition Beat Fishing Time

Lake Rotoaira 2 x sessions Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 12.00pm 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Whanganui River 2 x sessions Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 12.00pm 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Whanganui River 1 x session Saturday 10.00 to 1.00pm


From: nigel@ova-achievers

Date: 12 August 2016 at 08:17

Subject: Re: Oceania comp

To: Stephen Chatterton

Hi Stephen

Just an update on provisional dates and location for Oceanias. Have managed to talk committee into freeing up the Wanganui for us (we are only allowed 1 comp a year there). Moved Oceanias forward to April as weather is more settled. Committee also agreed to move Nationals forward to allow for this.

Hope to get things finalised in the next week and will confirm then.

Lake Rotoaria x 2 boat sessions

Wanganui x 2 sessions

Third river venue TBC x 1 session

Date: 6-8 April 2017.

Back up venue – Waihou / Waimak rivers

Probable base: Turangi



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Important Information for Competitors

Organisers reserve the rights to change sector and session details
December 15, 2015

This competition is bound by the following standards and rules:

Fips Mouche competition rules
Clarification of FIPS Mouche rules for use at all Fly Fish Australia competitions

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Thu 6 April
Sat 8 April


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