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IGFA Announces Heavy Fly Category Decision

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IGFA Announces Heavy Fly Category Decision

Postby bajafly » Fri Mar 14, 2003 11:36 am

HEAVY FLY CATEGORY
Following the wishes of a strong majority of members, the IGFA trustees rejected the concept of creating a new and separate world record division for flyfishers. IGFA had received petitions to create a separate record category to create using three-feet long, 30-lb tippet, rod harnesses and flying gaffs. The allowed species were to include marlin, sailfish, tuna, tarpon and sharks. A worldwide survey of fly anglers was conducted over several month by IGFA with an overwhelming majority of participants opposed to the idea. Those not in favor of easing the rules for fly rod records included many of the best known names in the world of fir fishing. Included were several anglers who currently target large game fish on fly for world records. They enjoy the extreme challenge of capturing marlin and the other largest game fish on tackle that requires the utmost skill to be successful.
IGFA maintains more than 7,000 records in salt and fresh water including all-tackle, line classes, fly, plus junior records and state freshwater line class records.
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