Competition Rules (2022)
Fishing shall be carried out respecting the spirit and traditions of game angling.
- Competitions shall be fished with artificial flies only. Tandem flies shall not be permitted. No flies shall be artificially weighted. Not more than four flies shall be mounted on a cast and flies must be at least 20 inches apart.
- A fly shall comply with the following specifications. The hook shall be single or double provided that, in the case of a double hook, the angle between the bends does not exceed 90 degrees and, when viewed from the side, the bends lie one behind the other. Fly irons will measure not more than 5/8ths of an inch overall, including the eye. The overall length of the fly will not exceed 15/16ths of an inch. Attractor chemicals and the use of light emitters on flies are debarred.
- Lines, casts and leaders shall not be additionally weighted. Shooting heads, metal core lines and metal core braided leaders are debarred. Lines must be manufactured without joints in them.
- One rod only to be used by each competitor but each competitor will be entitled to have a spare rod with them. Both rods are not to be mounted at the same time. A rod is considered to be mounted if any two sections are joined or if a reel or line is attached.
- Anchoring of boats when fishing is prohibited. Boats must be allowed to drift freely although drogues are permitted to slow the boat down.
- During a competition, no boat may encroach within the distance of 100 yards in front of another boat from which competitors are fishing or disturb the water in front of or around such boat by indiscriminate use of the motor. Bank anglers are not allowed to fish within 25 yards of another angler without both verbally agreeing.
- Fish finders, echo sounders etc. are debarred during competitions.
- A competitor’s rod, when working flies or retrieving casts, must be hand-held and be above the water level. Trolling the flies behind a boat is not permitted, whether the boat is drifting or being driven by motor or oars. Side casting is permitted but flies must not be allowed to trail behind the boat.
- Competition results will be decided by the weight of fish, with the higher weight taking the higher placing. In the event of equality in weights, the greater number of trout will take precedence over the fewer. In the event of a tie on weight and numbers of trout, any trophies will be shared and held over an equal period. Points equal to that of the highest placing of those involved in a tie will be awarded to all in the tied placing. The lower placing position(s) in a tie will be omitted from the results.
- For every competition, the Association shall confirm a date and set the hours of fishing. The competition organisers will decide the minimum size of fish that may be weighed in, and the starting / finishing / points / times. Boat competitions will start with an “on the water” time with boats leaving the immediate vicinity of their normal berths at that time. A “lines up” time will be set for each competition and competitors must reel in, and stop fishing at the set time. Note: Any fish hooked prior to the set “lines up” time may be played out and retained. Anglers fishing a competition are responsible for setting their own watches with regard to competition times. Competitors shall not be allowed to fish the competition water during the 4hrs before the start of the match. Competitions are to be fished for Brown Trout only; no other species shall be presented to the scales for weighing.
- Every effort should be made to return undersized fish to the water alive. The competition organisers shall conduct the weigh in, at an agreed location, as soon as possible after the lines up time. All competitors should present their fish to the official weigher with nil returns also being required. Any competitor not reporting to the official weigher will be deemed blank. Presenting an undersized fish for weigh in will result in disqualification. The official measure will be available to all competitors prior to the weigh in. This should be used to check any borderline fish prior to presenting them for weigh in. All fish will be checked by the official weigher.
- Any competitor wishing to leave early, and weigh in fish, may do so by prior arrangement with the competition organisers. For reasons of safety, anyone leaving early, must inform the organisers, or another angler that they are “off the water” and arrange a suitable location to leave fish for the weigh in.
- Use of boats during bank competitions will be restricted to larger lochs eg, Calder or Watten size to enable access and availability for emergencies.”Lines out” and “lines up” times will be set for these competitions. The boat(s) may only be used in emergency circumstances within these times and must remain beached after access to desired point is gained. They must not be used for “bank hopping”.
- Any deviation from the rules will result in disqualification, subject to appeal, with zero points awarded to the disqualified angler for that competition. Appeal procedure: Any fish should be weighed in and recorded. Verbal notification of any intended appeal has to be made to the competition organisers within 15 minutes of the completion of the weigh in, followed by a written appeal to the Association secretary within 14 days of the competition date.
- Points will be awarded as follows: 1st = X (where X is the number of anglers entered in each competition), 2nd = X – 2, 3rd = X – 4, 4th = X – 5, 5th = X – 6 and so on down to zero points. An additional 1 point will be awarded to the angler who weighs in the heaviest fish. If two or more anglers weigh in heaviest fish of equal weight they will be awarded 1 point each. In each of the bank and boat leagues, the final points score will be counted from one less than the total number of competitions, with the lowest score being discarded, to decide the champions. The league scores will then be combined to determine the Club Champion. The Junior Championship Trophy will be awarded to the highest placed junior member and the Senior Championship Trophy to the highest placed senior member (65+). Ties in league and club championship placings will be resolved using highest individual competition placings. If ties cannot be resolved in this way, trophies will be shared and held over an equal period.
- Boat league championship, count points for six out of seven competitions. Top four anglers in the championship will have the opportunity to represent DFFA at the RBL Charity match on Watten. Top three anglers Watten / Calder competitions, counting five out of six, will have the opportunity to represent DFFA in SANACC competitions.
Bank league championship, count points for four out of five competitions. Six anglers will have the opportunity to represent DFFA against SAA. They will be the competition winners plus the highest placed angler(s) in the bank league.
- Any DFFA member fishing from an Association boat on Association water, using a legal method, may enter a Brown Trout for the Castle Trophy.
- Any DFFA member fishing from an Association boat on Loch Watten, using a legal method, may enter a Brown Trout for the Castle Trophy and Mathieson Trophy. Note: Any boat(s) hired or borrowed for a DFFA competition will be considered as an Association boat for the purposes of these trophies.
- A committee member must witness the weight of any fish entered for the Castle and Mathieson Trophies and their signature must be present on the catch return card of the member submitting the fish, when the card is forwarded to the Association secretary at the end of the season.
Anglers must wear life jackets / life preservers on Association boats. Anglers are also advised not to stand when fishing from a boat and to wear eye protection at all times when fishing.