Rules & Governance

Welcome to the League Rules and Governance section.

This section will explain the rules of the NFFL including individual and team eligibility, scoring, and sanctioning competitions. For the actual competitions, we use FIPS-Mouche Rules.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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A. Season Duration

January 1st to December 15th.

Spawning Blackouts: We do not allow competitions to be scheduled when a stream’s predominant trout species are spawning.

B. League Eligibility

Individual Eligibility

Anglers must have an NFFL membership for the current year to be able to participate in any NFFL events. The membership must be purchased before the date of any event that the angler wishes to count toward the leaderboard.

The NFFL is open to anglers of all ages and abilities, but anglers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or have signed and notarized waiver.

Team Eligibility

New teams must consist of at least 4 eligible members (see individual eligibility). The team captain/president must contact the commissioner with your team name and roster to establish your team within the league.

C. Competition Rules

For the competition rules, we use the international standard produced by FIPS.

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Most Commonly Referenced Competition Rules

  1. Multiple fly rigs may be used based on state/local regulations.  Flies must be a minimum of 50cm apart.
  2. Flies must be tied on a single barbless hook. A single barbed hook may be used as long as the barb is crimped or filed to the point that it will not snag a piece of cloth.
  3. A single exposed bead 4mm or smaller may be used to weight the fly.  All other weight must be covered within the fly.  Wire bodied flies are not permitted (copper john, brassie, etc.)
  4. Leaders must have a continuous taper and be composed of monofilament line.
  5. Leaders are not to exceed 2 times the length of the rod.
  6. Floats and split shot are not permitted.
  7. Fish must be presented to the controller in the net.  The angler is not to touch the fish in the net before presenting it to the controller.
  8. In order for the fish to be scored, it must be hooked forward of the rear of the gill plate.

D. Scoring

1. Anglers will be able to count the scores of their best 8 competitions towards their yearly standings. Only 2 of which may be sanctioned non-NFFL events. Sanctioned non-NFFL events include but are not limited to Team USA Regionals, America’s Cup, Team USA Nationals, and the North American Loch Style Championships.

2. There will be 3 categories of competitions.

  • Bronze- 1-day events. No multiplier. The available points will be based on the number of competitors in the completion. The angler will receive the inverse of their position on the leaderboard. If there are 24 anglers, then the angler that wins receives 24 points. The angler in 24th place receives 1 point.
  • Silver- 2-day events. 2x multiplier. Points will be awarded based on the anglers’ inverse position multiplied by 2. If there are 24 anglers, then the angler that wins receives 48 points. The angler in 24th place receives 2 points.
  • Gold- 2-day or more events that are deemed championship level. Examples include Team USA sanctioned events and Cup Race events. 2.5x multiplier. If there are 24 anglers, then the angler that wins receives 60 points. The angler in 24th place receives 2.5 points.

3. Leaderboards will be tracked for individual, team, and Cup Race events.

Individual standings:

  • Anglers may compete in an unlimited number of competitions. Their best 8 point values will be counted towards the standings. All lesser scoring events will be culled.
  • Only 2 of the top 8 scoring events may be sanctioned non-NFFL events. Sanctioned non-NFFL events include but are not limited to Team USA Regionals, America’s Cup, Team USA Nationals, and the North American Loch Style Championships.
  • An angler must compete in at least 1 NFFL event to be eligible for the leaderboard.

Team standings:

  • Individual scores from the top 5 anglers on each team will be used to calculate the team standings.
  • Individual rules apply for eligibility.

E. Cup Races

  • Each established team will have 4 angler spots reserved for each cup event at a minimum grace period of one week prior to general registration.
  • Unfilled reserved angler spots will become open to the public after the grace period has ended and general registration is opened.
  • Cup Race events are also included in the individual and team leaderboard calculations.
  • A team must have at least 3 members competing in the event for the team to be eligible for earning points towards the Cup Race leaderboard. These members must be on the official team roster before the start of the event.
  • Points will be awarded based on the number of teams recognized within the league. For example, if there are 4 recognized teams, then the team coming in 1st place will earn 4 points towards their Cup Race standings. The team coming in last will earn 1 point.
  • If a team does not meet the requirements for fielding a team eligible to earn points towards the Cup Race they will receive 0 points for that event.
  • In the case that a team becomes recognized as part of the league after the first Cup Race event, then they will receive a score of 0 points for each event they did not compete in.
  • The Cup will be awarded to the team that has accumulated the most points at the conclusion of the series.
  • The winning team will be awarded the Cup to remain in their possession until the conclusion of the last event of the following year. The team in possession of the Cup must bring it to the final Cup Race event of the year so it may be awarded to the team that wins the Cup Race that year.

F. Sanctioned Competitions

  • An event must be sanctioned by the NFFL to be eligible to count toward the leaderboard.
  • Events must follow FIPS Mouche competition rules. Any proposed modifications must be presented in the event application and announced to competitors prior to the opening of event registration.
  • All events must be presented to the committee at least 30 days in advance of the competition date.
  • The event organizer must apply for their competition to be sanctioned by the committee using the form provided on the league website.
  • All Team USA events with open enrolment will be sanctioned by the NFFL (Regionals, Nationals, The America Cup, North American Loch Championships, etc.) This does not include World level events.
  • Cup Race events are required to be submitted for league sanctioning before January 1st of the competition year.
  • Cup events must be at least 30 days apart.
  • A cup event must be able to support a minimum of 32 anglers.