history

The Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association was founded in 1932 and the objects of the association was to select competitors for , promote and govern Provincial, Interprovincial, National and International Fly Fishing competitions. The original name of the association was The Irish Trout Fly Fishers Competitions Committee but while the name may have changed the aims and objectives remain the same to this day.

On 10th of September 1932, some trout anglers from the four provinces met in Killarney and fished the first angling competition of a national character ever held in the country. Records indicate that the match was won by Munster and the event proved conclusively that there was a definite place for competitive fly-fishing angling in Ireland. Later that evening a meeting was held in the Glebe Hotel, Killarney and the new association was formerly set up.An All-Ireland committee was appointed comprising of five representatives from each of the four provinces, together with a Chairman and Honorary Secretary. Commander H. Baker was appointed as chairman and Dr. H.A. Lafferty as Secretary. The meeting decided that all trout angling competitions – apart from club events – should be held under the auspices of the new committee.

At a meeting held on April 16th, 193, a set of rules was drawn up to govern competitions. It was also decided that a National Chapionship and Interprovincial be held. Entrance fee for the National was set at 10/- (50p) per rod. The first competition, hosted by Bundoran Angling Association was held on Lough Melvin and 48 rods competed for the National Trophy which is still fished for to this day. By the 1980’s the number of competitors had grown to 248 rods. In the same year a trophy was presented by Capt. A.D. Allen for the Interprovincial Championship.

Over the years rules governing competitions changed from time to time. One notable rule change introduced around 1954 allowed the use of outboard engines.

From 1932 0nwards an Irish team took part in international matches which were all fished on Lough Leven in Scotland. The team of 12 anglers and two reserves was not picked on a competitive basis but by invitation. The Secretary would write to a number of anglers inviting them to take part and from the replies he received the team would be selected. This method of selection remained in existence until the year1937 when the Team was selected from our two major competitions – the seven best rods from the National and the seven best rods from the Interprovincial. Further changes in team selection were introduced from 1973 onwards when it was decided to have two International matches each year – The Spring International and the Autumn International. These were to be fished as they are today on a rota basis.

International Rivers Matches were introduced in 1992 – the first one being held on the River Dee, Wales. There matches proved very popular and added greatly to the spirit of International Angling.

The ITFFA also has a very strong Youth Section. All youth qualifiers and matches are organised by a Youth Officer appointed annually at out AGM. There is one International Match each year, confined to anglers under 18 years of age.