Competition Rules

General Rules


Fishing in any AT TEFF competition will be carried out in the spirit of, and with respect for, the traditions of the sport.


Competitors are not permitted to engage in any form of betting, including sweepstakes, connected with their competitions.


Where required in England, all competitors must be in possession of a valid Environmental Agency rod licence and be a member of the Angling Trust. To participate in an AT TEFF national competition, an individual must have been born in England, or be a citizen thereof, or have resided therein for at least 3 years preceding the date of the competition. For this purpose, Monmouthshire is considered to be part of Wales. Anyone living within 5 miles of the border between England and Scotland is considered eligible to fish for either country. Entry is limited to those who will be at least 18 years old on May 1st of the following year. An individual is allowed to enter more than one qualifier during the competition season.

Disputes and Complaints

Any dispute or complaint must be reported to a match official within 30 minutes of the end of the match. A sub-committee is to be formed of the organiser and a minimum of two officials of the organisation responsible. They shall adjudicate within one hour. If the sub-committee considers that a competitor has not complied with the rules, it may disqualify. It may also refer the matter for further disciplinary action. In that case, a full report must be made to the appropriate authority within 7 days. A competitor may appeal against a decision to the AT TEFF, (or Organising Body as appropriate) in writing, within 7 days of being informed of any penalty. Any review must be concluded within 28 days.

LOCH-STYLE RULES (update pending)

RIVER RULES – Local rule variations may apply

Matches shall be fished with artificial flies on barbless or de-barbed single hooks. Not more than three flies shall be mounted on a cast. Flies may be artificially weighted.
Fly irons will measure not more than five-eighths of an inch overall, including the eye. The overall length of the fly shall not exceed fifteen-sixteenths of an inch. Flies may be of any pattern and material and may be fished floating or sunk. Attractor chemicals and the use of light emitters are debarred.
A competitor may use only one rod at a time (maximum length 12 feet) but may have a second ready mounted as a spare. Any manufactured line may be used. Braided leaders, weighted or un-weighted, are allowed. Coloured sleeving may be used at the end of the fly line to improve visibility but no other bite indicators are permitted. A ‘sacrificial’ floating fly is not deemed to be a bite indicator provided it is one of the three permitted flies.
Competitors must provide for themselves landing nets made of knotless mesh.
Competitors may fish anywhere within their beats provided that they do not approach within 30 metres of another competitor who is fishing. They may fish the same spot for up to 30 minutes. After that, if requested by another competitor, they must move at least 30 metres and may not return to the spot for at least 30 minutes. At the end of each session every competitor must move at least 30 metres from the spot they are fishing, irrespective of how long they have fished there. Any angler whilst measuring a fish shall be deemed still fishing in the same place where they hooked the fish.
No competitor may walk or cast outside the beat. Should a fish move outside the beat, it must be played from and landed within the beat. If a fish is hooked at the end of a session, five minutes of the next session is allowed in which to net it.

Local Rules

The match organiser, hereinafter referred to as the ‘organiser’, will advise competitors of any local rules which augment or otherwise affect the following rules.

Hours of fishing

The organiser will fix the hours of fishing.

Species & Size of Fish

Trout and grayling are the only permitted species. The minimum size limit that may be set in England is 15cms from nose to the tips of the tail. The organiser will specify any further limitations for a particular event.

Beat Arrangements

The organiser will fix the beat arrangements.


Each competitor will have a controller. Whenever possible the fisherman/controller pairing should be different for each of the fishing sessions. Controllers will be responsible for ensuring that those on their beats comply with the rules. To be fair to all, they are not to give advice, net fish or in any other way give advantage to their competitors.

Catching & Recording

Catch and release will apply. All fish must be netted and presented to the controllers whilst still in the landing net. At the time of netting, the hook must be in the fish’s mouth; if the fly drops out in the net, the fish will still count. The controller and competitor will agree the overall length of the fish and the controller will record it on the score card. The competitor will carefully return the fish to the river, making sure that it can swim away before releasing it.

National Final

The National Final takes place over two days. On both days there are two sessions, morning and afternoon, where a competitor is either fishing or controlling.

Both of these two sessions are split into two scoring sessions.

Scoring and Placings

Each qualifying fish will score 20 points plus 1 point for each centimetre or part thereof. For example, a fish of 30.3 centimetres will score 20 plus 31, ie 51 fish points. The scores for the scoring sessions will be recorded separately. At the end of each scoring session, both the controller and the competitor will initial the scorecard. Competitors from each of the four beats will be ‘placed’ separately, according to the points they have scored in each of the scoring sessions, i.e. in each scoring session, the top competitor on each beat will earn a ‘1 placing’, the second a ‘2 placing’ and so on. A blank will earn an ‘8 placing’. Individuals’ placings in the four sessions will be summed and their totals will decide their positions in the competition. The top individual will have the lowest total of ‘placings’ and so on. A tie will be decided on highest fish points.

Assistance to the Competition Organisers

If anyone sees anything which appears to contravene the competition rules, they are asked to notify the individual concerned if possible, and to report to the organiser under the procedure set out in the AT TEFF General Fishing Rules.

July 2022