Australia first entered the World Fly Fishing Championships in May 1987 as an invitation team. This was done on the understanding that for Australia to be involved in future competitions, an organization representing our country and recognised by the International Federation of Sport Fishing, would be formed.
Fly Fish Australia Incorporated (FFA) was formed in 1989 and became the recognised body by the International Federation of Sport Fishing for the purpose of selecting teams to represent Australia.
Initially, selection for Australian teams was done through a Curriculum Vitae and reference process, which clearly posed a number of problems in respect of access and equity.
At the 1993 Annual General Meeting of FFA held in Cooma, the Board resolved “…. to work towards a fair and equitable system of selection . . . this has led to the conduct of State competitions for the purpose of selecting competitors to fish in the National Fly Fishing Championships, from which a National Squad is chosen.
The Board reserves the certain rights with regard to certain matters in the final team selection process, but this is done through the team selection panel which is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the best team for the competition type is chosen.
There are now essentially two principal rules that apply for fly fishers to gain selection to an Australian Team. Firstly, they must be financial members of Fly Fish Australia and, secondly, they must have qualified in competitions which comply with the rules of Fly Fish Australia Inc.
For more information about competitions and selection criteria and philosophy please see the website or contact details below.
MR ROB STAPLES
THE NATIONAL SECRETARY
FLY FISH AUSTRALIA INC.
GPO Box 2255