2020 Australian Fly Fishing Championships in April 2021

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21 April @ 5:00 pm - 24 April @ 4:00 pm AEST


Chris Huston

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Competition Details

Type of Competition

Lake - Loch Style, Rivers

Number of Sectors


  • Little Pine Lagoon (As of 19th April- changed to Penstock Lagoon)
  • Arthurs Lake (Jonah Bay)
  • Meander River
  • Mersey River
Morning Session Times


Afternoon Session Times


Draw Process

The seeding, groups & draw is done in accordance with FFA procedures.

Briefing Details

The staging venue throughout the competition including presentation lunch will be held at the Great Lake Hotel, corner of Highland Lakes Road and Marlborough Hwy. Please note that registration (5pm-6pm, 21st April 2021) and competitor briefing (6pm-7:30pm, 21st April 2021) will be held at the Miena Community Hall (Turn into Jones Road off Highland Lakes Road near the Central Highlands Lodge, take the next right into Cider Gum Road.) A light supper will be provided. ITINERARY Wed 21st April Registration 5:00pm – 6:00pm Competitor Briefing 6:00pm – 7:30pm Thu 22nd April - Sessions One and Two - Three hours have been allocated between Session One and Two to allow for travelling between venues. Competitors will need to consider departure times from Miena to the venue mustering points. Departure from mustering points to beats or boats will be at 7:30am and 1.30pm. Fri 23rd April - Sessions Three and Four - Three hours have been allocated between Session Three and Four to allow for travelling between venues. Competitors will need to consider departure times from Miena to the venue mustering points. Departure from mustering points to beats or boats will be at 7:30am and 1.30pm. Sat 24th April Presentation Lunch 1:30pm – 4pm

General Advice

Hi all, It is with much disappointment that I have to inform everyone that there has been a change of Sector Venue. Little Pine Lagoon will no longer be fished and Penstock Lagoon will be the replacement venue. After extensive consultation between the organising committee, senior board members and previous organisers the decision has been made due to extremely low water levels in Little Pine Lagoon. Multiple attempts were made with Tasmania Hydro to have the release gates closed and unfortunately this has not occurred. As such the levels have been steadily dropping and the lake has been deemed unacceptable to host the National Championships. Best Regards Chris Huston PRACTICE WATERS - For the Meander River - down stream of Meander Bridge and for the Mersey River - down stream of Kimberley bridge. Update as of 17 April - PENSTOCK LAGOON as of Monday evening 19 April at midnight has also been excluded from fishing - competitors must not fish it as a practice water. The event organisers are concerned about the deteriorated condition of Little Pine Lagoon. Please note that registration for this event closes at midnight on 7th April 2021. If the event is oversubscribed only those that have registered and paid will be considered based on ranking points and session points. Competitors are responsible for their own accommodation and transport (carpooling is recommended). MEAL ARRANGEMENTS Wednesday evening’s registration includes finger food and the bar will be open. All other meals and hydration are the responsibility of the participant except for the presentation lunch. No arrangements have been made for Thursday and Friday evening’s dinner allowing you and your party to explore all that Miena has to offer. A presentation lunch is arranged for Saturday at 1:30pm at the Great Lake Hotel. Please ensure that if you are inviting other guests that you purchase additional dinner tickets at registration. If any competitors have dietary issues, could they please contact the Competition Organising Committee to arrange alternative arrangements. PRACTICE WATERS AND VENUE CLOSURE DATES Under FFA rules, all lake venues are closed to practice fishing 48 hours prior to the competition from and including Tuesday 20 April 2021. All river venues are closed for 7 days prior to the competition day, from and including Thursday 15 April 2021. Please note that in relation to the rivers, a number of landowner arrangements have been coordinated to ensure the safe management of the fishery and the property. The Competition Organising Committee is not making these properties available for anglers to fish prior to the competition. Anglers need to please respect our arrangements with private landowners and arrange to practise at locations on the rivers which are not intrusive on landowners. Suggested practice waters on the Mersey and Meander River during the closed period will be advised on the FFA website at a later date. LAKE VENUES Competitors on lake venues will control each other. Competitors must abide by MAST boating rules when fishing from boats in Tasmania including the use of approved buoyancy vests while the boat is moving. We caution all boatman on all lakes to be wary of under surface obstructions such as tree trunks and rocks. Competitors are responsible for suppling their own buoyancy vest and nets. There will be a coordinating controller and spare boat at all venues. RIVER VENUES Competitors will have marked beats and a dedicated controller on their river venue. Buoyancy vests are not a mandatory requirement, but please be aware that all Tasmanian rivers can be treacherous under foot. Controllers are not required to carry any additional equipment such as made up rods, so please do not burden them with this responsibility. PROTEST RESOLUTION PROCEDURE Please note that all protests about the running, management or performance of individuals will be managed in accordance with the FFA Competition Rules. IMPORTANT NOTE: Those competitors that had previously registered and paid for the competition and have not informed the Treasurer that they are no longer competing are assumed as automatically registered for the updated competition. Those competitors that registered but did not pay will need to undertake registration again. If anyone requires assistance on previous registration please contact Jason Garrett. A copy of registered competitors will be placed and updated on the website in the news section.


This competition is subject to FFA Competition rules.

Rule Modifications

  • There are no rule modifications


General Safety

The Competition Organisers reserve the right to allocate alternative competition sectors having regard to safety and other considerations as circumstances dictate at the time. This will be communicated at the Competitor Briefing or by email beforehand if appropriate and feasible.

Boat Safety

Boats can be launched on the lake venues during the closed period but they must immediately be taken to their mooring point and should not travel more than 200m from their launching point if at all possible. PFDs (life jackets) must be worn in all boat sessions. PFDs are to be in current service date as required by Maritime regulations. Competitors are to provide their own PFDs and should not rely on boat owners to provide them. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES If a boat requires assistance oars must be held vertically. Other boats are requested to render assistance. In the event of an emergency on the lake mobile phones and radios can be used to obtain assistance but are strictly prohibited for any other purpose.


All competitors must take responsibility for their own actions. Neither Fly Fish Australia Incorporated nor individual FFA CHAPTERS accepts any responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by any competitor, official or any participant or observer during the running of this competition or other events. All competitors are required to hold a valid state fishing licence.