Rules

BFCC CASTING RULES


THE TACKLE RULES
for the various BFCC events (single handed unless otherwise stated) are designed to be as simple and ‘user friendly’ as possible. They are as follows:

  • ‘Have a go for gold’ Badge Scheme – Any commercially available or previously available (abbreviated hereafter to ‘caopa’) fly fishing rod up to 10’ (3.05m) long,. Rods may be repaired or reringed, but not modified. Any ‘caopa’ line up to & inc. AFTM DT or WF#7 F. Reel to hold whole line and backing. Nylon leader min. 6’3”(1.9m), max. 11’10” (3.6m). 1″ (25mm) wool ‘fly’. Casting time 3min. Badges available: 25yd. and rising in 5yd steps.
  • #5 Distance – Any single handed fly fishing rod up to 9’ (2.74m). Any ‘caopa’ line that complies to the AFFTA #5 specification (if in doubt ask for it to be weighed at the event). the line must be a minimum length of 90ft.  Leader as above
  • #7 Distance – Any single handed fly fishing rod up to 10’ (3.05m). Any ‘caopa’ line that complies to the AFFTA #7 specification (if in doubt ask for it to be weighed at the event).  The line must be a minimum length of 90ft. Leader as above
  • B100 Distance - Available to casters at the discretion of The BFCC and who have not previously cast 100ft or over in a BFCC #5 or #7 event, or any other similar recognised events. Entrants will cast under the rules for the #5 and #7 Distance events above and within the same the same casting competitions. The winner will be the greatest distance achieved when the results for #5 and #7 are added together. After three casts 100ft or over the caster will progress to B110.
  • B110 Distance – Available to casters similar to B100 above except for 110ft. After five casts of 110ft or over, two of which must be with #5, the caster will then progress to the Open Class. At the discretion of The BFCC, in the case of a change in personal circumstances, casters are allowed to drop back to B100.
  • T27 Sea Trout Distance – Any fly rod up to 10′ (3.06m). Any shooting head floating line 27gm max. wt., max. diam .079″ (2mm). Running line diam. between 0.014″ and 0.039″ (0.35mm and 1mm). Nylon leader 10ft (3m), tippet diam. unrestricted. 1″ (25mm) wool fly.
  • #9 Distance - Any ‘caopa’ fly fishing rod up to 9′ 6″ (2.9m), marked #9 max. Any ‘caopa’ line AFTM DT or WF9F. Otherwise as above
  • T38 Fly Distance – Any rod up to 9’10” (3m). Any shooting head line 38gm max. wt., 49’ 3” (15m) min. length. For ladies, youths under 18 and seniors 50 and over a 34gm max., 44’ 3” (13.5m) min. length may be used if preferred. Time 5min. Otherwise as above. In this event there exists the best chance to achieve a coveted 55yd badge.
  • T55 Double Handed Salmon Distance - Any fly rod up to 15′ (4.6m). Any shooting head floating line 55gm max. wt., max. diam.0.118″ (3mm). Running line diam. between 0.014″ and 0.043″ (0.35 and 1.1mm). Nylon leader 16ft (5m), tippet diam. unrestricted. 1″ (25mm) wool fly.
  • T120 Double Handed Fly Distance – Any rod up to 17’ (5.2m). Any shooting head line 120gm max. Leader 17’ (5.2m) max. Time 6min. For ladies, youths and seniors 50 and over there is a 15’ (4.6m) rod and 50gm line to use if preferred. Otherwise as above.
  • Leaders must be made completely of nylon or similar material and may be attached to the line by means of a braided loop, a knot or whipping. Leaders may be tapered and must have a 1” long red wool safety ‘fly’, knotted on a tippet of 8lb BS min. to avoid cracking off.
  • Cracked or broken fly lines may be repaired, and damaged sections replaced with the same material, by whipping and varnishing.

GENERAL CASTING RULES which have proved to give safe and enjoyable casting are as follows:

  • Casting is controlled by two judges: a senior time judge near the caster and a down-court judge to measure distances cast. The judges will help the caster with appropriate advice, ensure safe casting procedures and maintain the observance of rules.
  • Casting will take place on flat grass and downwind. Casting direction will be changed, as far as possible, to take account of wind direction changes, at the discretion of the judges.
  • Casters must have their feet behind the measuring tape anchor pin/Astroturf mat/ line at all stages of the delivery cast to be measured.
  • Three warm-up casts are permitted before casting proper begins, but less are recommended.
  • A caster can make as many casts as possible within the time permitted and the time judge will advise how time is passing.
  • The down-court judge will mark the longest cast achieved by the wool ‘fly’ against a measuring tape and will relay this to the time judge, who will make a record of it. The longest single cast will determine the winner. In the event of a tie each caster will have one cast only and the longest wins, casting in the original drawn order.
  • Timeouts can be used by the time judge in the event of a serious line tangle or the need for a minor tackle repair. Where significant repairs are needed the time judge can ask the caster to move aside, and then return to finish their turn. However, a timeout will not be permitted if the caster does not take due care to lay the running line out in a tangle free way.
  • All Casters must cast within the designated time of casting an individual casting event eg: #5; #7; T38; T120 and within the designated casting area to be ranked for individual casting competition purposes. Additional casters, casting outside the designated time, but within the designated area, will be welcome and their casts recorded but not ranked in the competition. Record casts and attempts are covered under the Records heading and Badge Scheme attempts can take place at any time during a Club Meeting.
  • Casting Order  The Organiser of any Club Meeting has the right to ask for the casting competition order to be decided by actually drawing lots or by random computer programme to ensure smooth running.
  • No technical aids or fasteners such a wrist bands may be used, however, elastic muscle supports are permitted.
  • Casters should wear glasses and a fishing hat for protection and avoid hitting any spectators with their tackle. They should also be prepared to stop casting immediately if asked to by the time judge.
  • Trophy Classes  BFCC Competition Classes such as Ladies, Juniors. B100, B110, Open and similar will only constitute a class for trophy presentation if three or more casters compete in that class.
  • Meeting Champion  A trophy will be presented at any Meeting to the caster with the lowest accumulated points score from the events available on the day, assuming a minimum of four competitors.

         ACCURACY – The casting court and targets will be positioned, and casting conducted, as the World Championship rules, please see: www.wcflycasting.com  briefly, casters will make 16 casts from within a 1.2m x 1.2m stand at four targets, placed randomly between 8m and 15m from the target’s centre to the front of the stand. Targets will each comprise three rings 60cm (5 points), 120cm (3 points), 180cm (1 point).

Tackle: Rod 7 1/2ft to 9ft #6max. Line AFTM #6F max. Leader continuously tapered or knotted nylon or similar total length 2.5m (8ft 2.5in), of which the tippet from 6lb BS or similar, is 40cm (1ft 3.75in) minimum. No metal fly permitted so tuft of wool or yarn to be used.

Casting: 16 casts in 5 minutes. When starting, the caster must hold the fly in hand, and the length of the fly line outside the tip ring cannot exceed the length of the rod. The caster must leave ‘fly’ long enough for the judge to adjudicate. No practise casts on court are permitted but may take place elsewhere. The time judge can permit a time-out in the event of a tackle problem.

THE BFCC GOES TO GREAT LENGTHS TO ENSURE YOUR CASTING IS REALLY ENJOYABLE AND SAFE