How do I get in an England Team?
For Home Internationals (v Ireland, Scotland & Wales – in Loch-style, Rivers or Bank disciplines) you first need to reach the appropriate National through Qualifiers organised throughout the country.
Doing well enough in the National Finals gains you a place in the England team for the following year, subject to formal approval by the ATTEFF International Committee (TEFFIC).
To be eligible for selection to World and European Championship teams you must first achieve certain Selection Criteria based on your performance in Bank, Rivers and Loch-style heats in the Elite Performance Programme (EPP). This ranking then forms the basis of the World and European teams for the following year. The relevant team managers will select the teams from the list of those that do well in the EPP.
Which Qualifier should I fish?
There is no geographical requirement about which Qualifiers you fish, for example, even though you live in the South East you are still free to fish in Midlands Qualifiers.
You can also fish Qualifiers in different disciplines in different geographical areas, for example, doing a Southern Rivers Qualifier and a Midlands Loch-style Qualifier.
Most competitors find it best to do their Qualifier at a venue they fish regularly and therefore know well.
Who decides where Nationals are held?
The venue for Loch-style Nationals currently rotates between Grafham, Bewl, Rutland and Chew, the four approved venues. (Not necessarily in that order.) Other venues may be added to this list once approved by ATTEFF.
Venues for the River and Bank Nationals are chosen by ATTEFF from a number of proposed venues. For organisational reasons the Rivers National venue usually remains the same for two consecutive years.
What are the Competition Rules?
There are separate rules for Loch-Style, Rivers and Bank Qualifiers and Nationals. See this web site for details.
For World and European events, FIPS-Mouche rules apply. This information can be found elsewhere on this site.
How do I get a TEFF Badge?
Badges, Zingers, Ties and other TEFF merchandise are available from Paul Page. All profits go to TEFF funds.
Why did TEFF join The Angling Trust?
The Angling Trust (AT) is the new, single organisation representing all game, coarse and sea angling in England. It is the governing body for all angling, seeking government funding to develop the sport at all levels, and protecting your rights as a fisherman. It is our belief the AT will be the route through which sports grants will be available to fund teams and develop the sport throughout the country. More information
For every Qualifier I fish ATTEFF charges an entry fee on top of normal fishing fees. What happens to this?
This money goes towards supporting all ATTEFF teams at our International events. Such income is ring-fenced to ensure it is retained by ATTEFF and not passed on to the Angling Trust’s general fund.
Why do I have to be a member of the Angling Trust to fish a National?
Given that ATTEFF’s own charges are used solely for running its own events (see above), the Angling Trust still requires your support in order to represent all fishermen at every level. For that reason, all National competitors must have valid membership of the Angling Trust. You will find information on AT membership here.
Who runs the World and European Championships?
World and European Championships are run by FIPS-Mouche, or the Fédération Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche (International Sport Flyfishing Federation). This is the fly fishing arm of CIPS, the World regulating body for competitive fishing in all disciplines. You will find more information at the CIPS website