KZN fly-fishing champs to be held in Underberg

2010-09-28 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Fly-fishing Association will host the 2010 SA National Youth and Senior Fly-fishing Championships within the next few weeks.

There are many recreational anglers who are passionate about fly-fishing, but as with any other sport, there are also some who enjoy the challenge of organised, competitive sport.

Although competitive fly-fishing is not for all — and sometimes even frowned upon by purists — for those who choose to take their passion to the next level there are structures in place that see to the selection and preparation of dedicated anglers for the national and world championships.

There are categories for senior men, women and youths currently set up.

A disabled section at national level is also under consideration.

Under the auspices of the South African Fly-fishing Association, the national championships will be held in the scenic Underberg area in the southern Drakensberg.

The youth champs take place from today to October 2.

In two weeks’ time the Senior A Division championships will be held from October 12 to 16.

In each event, 40 anglers divided into provincial teams of five will compete for gold medals and kudos as the top fly-fishing province.

The KZN association committee has worked hard to prepare for the championships.

Anglers from around the country will be put to the test during three river sessions on the Umzimkulu River and two still-water sessions on the stunning Lifton Lake at the Sani Valley Lodge Resort.

Back-up plans are in place for Goshen Lake at Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve, which is available for still-water fishing.

The Old Hatchery on the Drakensberg Gardens road will be the hosting venue from which all logistics will operate.

Team medals are up for grabs, and points from these results are accumulated on the national ranking system.

Top anglers are invited to further selection procedures for the Protea and Federation teams to represent South Africa at the World and Commonwealth Championships.

Renowned fly-fishing author, photographer and fly-tier Wolf ­Avni will be the guest of honour at the youth event and judge the fly-tying section.

For more information, phone Linda Gorlei on 083 631 5301, e-mai­l linda@xis.co.za or visit the KZN website at www.kznffa.org.

 

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