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President: Tom Gadacz
1st Vice President: Tom Logan
Treasurer: Gerald Bell
Secretary: Ken Hofmeister
Directors at Large
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Florida Council Expo 6 - Will be at the International Game
Fish Association (IGFA) museum in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale),
Florida October 23-24, 2015.
Friday, 10/23 from 12pm (noon) to 6pm and Saturday,
10/24 from 9am to 4pm
Online registration will open August
25 to October 18.
the banquet you must register online.
Registration for the 2015 Fly Fishing Expo can be found
A block of rooms at the Courtyard (next to the Museum)
are reserved under Fly Fishers Room Block @ $179/night.
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Phone number 954-342-8333
COUNCIL IFFF ESTABLISHES YOUTH AWARD:
the March 8, 2014 FL Council IFFF Board meeting, the Council
established the Florida Council IFFF "Skip Mackey"
Youth Award for a Florida youth interested in fly
fishing. Mackey, who passed away in November 2013, was "The
Voice of NASA". He was an avid fisherman and championed
teaching kids to fish. The youth must be accepted into the
Bighorn Youth Fly Fishing Camp in Fort Smith, Montana. Youths
14 to 18 years of age are eligible. Twelve youths are selected
to attend. The Florida Council Award will help fund transportation
costs to the Camp. The Bighorn River Alliance provides funding
for the camp experience. Information is available at www.bighornriveralliance.org
and applications are obtained through Frank Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is usually March 31.
We invite all clubs and members to identify one of those
fly fishing kids in your area and support them in sending
for the Youth Fly Fishing Camp application. This is a competitive
program and a real treat for any youth. Annie Hays of the
Suncoast fly fishers attended two years ago and raved about
her great experience. If you need any additional information,
please e-mail me (email@example.com)
and I am more than happy to provide assistance.
We wish to thank the Backcountry Fly Fishing Association
of Brevard for contributing $1,000 to initiate this program. NOTE* Youth Adventure has been cancelled for 2015
Trust (BTT) Symposium
Hall of Fame
Lee Wulff sculpture
Joe Mahler and Emily Gadacz
Steve Huff Casting Clinic
3 years the BTT has a symposium at the International Game
Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania
Beach, Florida. Since joining the BTT I've learned much about
the science of fisheries and its importance in conservation
and preservation of all fish for our and future generations.
Aaron Adams, who has presented several programs at SFF, is
director of operations at BTT. He and his staff have made
many scientific contributions to Florida fisheries.
The Symposium was November 7-8, 2014. Thirty four scientific
papers were presented plus many panel discussions. The Symposium
brought together world-class experts to discuss issues in
fisheries management. Topics included energy expenditure of
bonefish (What can ice baths and treadmills tell us about
bonefish) and tracking of tarpon (Ocean habitat utilization
by highly migratory tarpon from satellite telemetry data).
In addition there were fly tiers (Enrico Puglisi, Joe Mahler,
and many others) in the lobby and several fly casting sessions
(Joe Gonzalez, Todd Fuller, Steve Huff, and C. A. Richardson)
on the lawn. Pat Ford had a photography session on Saturday.
The Friday evening reception was held in conjunction with
the art and film festival. The film festival was really neat
and consisted of some very professional fishing trips and
some less polished but incredibly funny fishing exploits.
This was a great hit at the Symposium. Saturday evening was
the banquet and auction in the Fishing Hall of Fame. What
an impressive room with huge fish overhead and names and records
on a floor plate beneath each fish.
Mark your calendar for October 23-24, 2015 because
the IFFF Florida Council is planning to have its Expo 6 at
and you won't want to miss it!
Council Clubs helping our honored Veterans
of our clubs work with organizations within their communities
to provide an educational experience for others. View
images and read the entire article written by our Council President,
Tom Gadaz on our Education
Annual Meeting of the IFFF Florida Council
The IFFF Florida Council annual meeting was on Sunday March
22 in Winter Park.
The meeting was at The Cloisters, 100 S. Interlachen Avenue,
Winter Park, FL 32789.
Time: 1:00 to 2:20.
Social Room on the first floor.
Welcome and Introductions
Election of President, Vice-President, and members of the
Board of Directors;
Budget for 2015
Expo 2015 at the IGFA October 23-24 - update
Florida Council logo
Venue for 2016 Expo
FL Council participation in AFFTA meeting in Orlando July