New Dam Year Comp (12/30)




General Rules

  • Competition on Saturday Dec 30th
  • Registration opens Monday Nov 27th @ 6PM
  • For now the comp will be capped at 12 anglers
  • Meeting time, Session times, and Days of comp may change due to release and will know on Friday December 29th with announcements posted. Please keep updated on fly comps.
  • $5.00 Parking Permit required per Corps of Engineers (Automated Machine at entrance)
  • There is NO Event Fee for this competition
  • 34.15821° N, 84.07769° W is the parking and meeting spot. This is the main parking area by boat ramp. 
  • Georgia State Trout License is required:
  • Life preserver or Coast Guard Approved PFD is required (You will not be allowed to fish in comp if you fail to wear one, NO EXCEPTIONS!)
  • Fishing is off limits from sunset Dec 29th until comp starts Saturday morning
  • B Flight will be in charge of scoresheets
  • This is a solo event (No 2 man teams)
  • If you register and cannot make the competition for whatever reason please drop and comment on the event that you cannot make it. Any drops within a week of the event is subject to punishment such as a ban from registering in future SEFFL competitions for a determined amount of time. 

Competition/Fishing Rules

  • 2013 FIPS/Mouche rules
  • Sessions start and end on time NO EXCEPTIONS (We will know the official release schedule on Dec 29th and will adjust comp as neccessary)
  • No minimum size requirement
  • The angler must show the judge visually the fish he/she caught to score the fish. 
  • To minimize risk of the judge, the judge may be on the bank/trail/etc. to visually confirm fish catch 
  • The angler may ask the judge to cross the beat to a better vantage point only if the judge is comfortable with the water conditions (Please be respectful on both sides)
  • Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Red Horse Suckers are the allowed scorable fish
  • Squirmies, eggs are allowed
  • Single hook, barbless
  • Articulated streamers are allowed but only one hook
  • Sculpin helmets, coneheads, beadchain are allowed
  • Single 4.0mm bead maximum, no strike indicators, no split shot
  • If fishing two flies, the dropper MUST come off of a tag (Cannot tie off the bend of the hook to attach another fly)
  • 20 inch minimum between flies
  • Leader maximum length is 2x rod length
  • If you hear a siren, get out of the water IMMEDIATELY (We will address any unscheduled release as soon as we can)
  • It is highly recommended that you have studded soles on your boots. Out of state felt boots should be washed prior to comp. If you are a beginner wader, this river is extremely slick and has dropoffs. A waiver will need to be signed prior to the start of the comp.
  • Judges must meet anglers at BOTTOM of beat, no exceptions. Once you meet you can go wherever you like on the beat.
  • There are restrooms onsite
  • In the last session of the day you and the judge MUST remove beat markers
  • Scoresheets must be completely filled out. Failure to do so will invalidate session results
    • Angler Name
    • Judge Name
    • Beat (The number of the beat angler is fishing)
    • Flight (A or B Flight of angler)
    • Session (After A flight fishes that is session 1A, and then B flight fishes that concludes session 1B, etc.)
  • All scoresheets must be handed to John Oh, Ben Van Devender, Joseph Kwolek, Kevin Crenshaw, or Nick Schierle at the end of the day
  • Scores will be prelimarily announced as soon as possible. Scores will be considered final 72 hours after competition.

***Any questions regarding a rules violation must be marked on scoresheet and be brought to the attention of the competition committee as soon as possible (John Oh or Joseph Kwolek) cellphone #’s will be provided on the day of the comp***


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Benjamin VanDevender MAP OF BEATS:

Release Schedule has not been revealed yet, but it should be out soon. 90% sure it will be 0 release or after dark in the afternoon. If that is the case the session times are as follows:

Angler Meeting: ~7:30am

Session 1a: 8:00am-9:00am
Session 1b: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 2a: 11:00am-12:00pm
Session2b: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session 3a: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session3b: 3:30pm-4:30pm

This is pending release schedule so check back here for official word on the session times.

The Live Draw will be done today 6pm in the Facebook Messenger Chat created for this event. If you are not a part of it currently please comment or message on FB Joseph Kwolek, Nick Schierle, or John Oh to be added.

December 29, 2023; 11:38am EST
John Oh Additional hints and things to reference in conjunction with the google map:

All beat markers are on trail side and are double tape with yellow and green. Trail and access points are in single green tape

Bottom Beat 6 flag might be hard to see from River it’s on a big hill trail side above big deep pool with overhanging tree and log jam trail side; use map
Beat 6 far side of bowman is not allowed until in visual range of judge from trail (very tip of the island) Other beats you can ask the judge to move/cross if they are comfortable so you can fish if not in visual range from trail.
Beat 6 access point on map in middle of beat. Highly recommended to use this to cross to the island and fish from island side, best access and crossing point

Top Beat 1 is 10 yards above ramp on near side

Beat 2 flag is slightly above the overhanging deep pool tree than it was last year, it’s on the trail side

Haw creek divides beat 2 and 3

To access beat 2, 3, 4 it’s best to take the haw creek entrance and either put in there or if beat 4, walk that trail till you see your beat marker. Top Beat 5 can be accessed from here too. Bottom Beat 5 you can access too but you’d need to keep going on trail and cross that small rock creek. Beat 6 access is there too.
December 29, 2023; 11:47am EST
John Oh Release is at 9pm! The original comment is now officially the schedule for the event:

Angler Meeting: ~7:30am at gravel lot

Session 1a: 8:00am-9:00am
Session 1b: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 2a: 11:00am-12:00pm
Session2b: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session 3a: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session3b: 3:30pm-4:30pm

1 hour sessions and 30 min transition times

Eat lunch whenever you want bring it with you
December 29, 2023; 1:32pm EST
John Oh A Flight:
Kristen: F4J4 F1J1 F2J2
John: F5J5 F3J3 F6J6
Austin: F2J2 F4J4 F5J5
Dillon: F3J3 F2J2 F4J4
Josh: F6J6 F5J5 F1J1
David: F1J1 F6J6 F3J3

B Flight:
Kevin: J5F3 J3F6 J6F2
Andrew: J6F4 J4F1 J1F3
Chris: J4F2 J2F5 J5F1
Joe: J2F6 J6F3 J3F4
Nick: J1F5 J5F2 J2F6
Terry: J3F1 J1F4 J4F5
December 29, 2023; 6:40pm EST

1. Joe Kwolek 4 (Placement points)
2. John Oh 5
3. Nick Schierle 5
4. Austin Shoemaker 7
5. Dillon 7
6. Chris 9
7. Kristen 13
8. Andrew 13
9. Josh 15
10. David 16
11. Terry 16
12. Kevin 17

Huge thank you to everyone who came out and fished!
December 30, 2023; 6:03pm EST
Benjamin VanDevender Overall 283 fish caught.. Great job everyone and thanks John and Nick for hosting.. See you all in 2024!
December 30, 2023; 8:01pm EST
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