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President: Tom Gadacz
1st Vice President: Tom Logan
2nd Vice President: Roger Maler
Treasurer: Gerald Bell
Secretary: Ken Hofmeister
Directors at Large
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-- Organizers for the fifth annual Florida Fly Fishing Expo
have selected world renowned fly fishing experts Bob Clouser
of Pennsylvania and Wanda Taylor of Georgia as special guest
instructors at the Oct. 10-11, 2014 Expo at The
Plantation on Crystal River.
Clouser and Taylor bring different insights and flyfishing
strengths to their programs.
Clouser, an internationally respected fly fishing instructor
and author, created the Clouser Deep Minnow, the most-used,
most recognized fly in the world. He is renowned for his
broad knowledge and experience in all areas of fly casting.
Taylor is the first ever woman certified as a master fly
casting instructor by the International Federation of Fly
Fishers (IFFF). Her programs include just-for-women workshops
and clinics. She is known for her skills as an instructor
and her fly fishing and fly casting skills. Taylor is also
co-founder of Casting for Confidence, a retreat for
breast cancer survivors.
"Women and teens are increasingly attracted to fly
fishing, so this year the Florida Fly Fishing Expo offers
even more women’s and kids’ fly fishing clinics,
programs, and classes," said IFFF-Florida Council President
Tom Gadacz. "Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor will demonstrate
and teach their fly fishing skills. In addition a team of
some of the most knowledgeable and respected fly tiers,
fly casters, and fly fishing guides in the Southeast and
the entire country will provide excellent programs and clinics."
Special Expo programs will include IFFF-certified fly casting
instructors and fly tiers teaching their skills. Hands-on
clinics, demonstrations and workshops include instruction
for beginning through advanced fly casters, outdoor photography
classes, fly fishing techniques, building first-aid kits
for boat and trail, tying effective new fly patterns, fly
casting accuracy and distance and much more. The Florida
Fly Fishing Expo also offers resource-awareness exhibits
and indoor and outdoor and displays of the newest fly rods,
reels, lines, clothing, kayaks, and other gear.
Admission to the family-friendly expo is $10, which includes
both days. Admission is free to kids 16 and younger when
accompanied by an adult.
GO TO THE EXPO PAGE AND ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW
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. Funding is available
for the 2015 camp session.
Winter Newsletter is online for download
President's Message ( also on the web -
States Authorized to Remove Salmon-Eating California
Suncoast Fly Fishers hosts another Casting Clinic for
Suncoast Fly Fishers, a Charter member of the Federation
of Fly Fishers, has the opportunity for a joint project
with Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive
Museum for a fly fishing project which consist of three
WILLIAM T. HORNADAY GOLD MEDAL ROBERT J SOUSA, Ph.D.
( also on web site)
Hobe Sound NWR Receives Grant for Conservation Ethics
South Florida Restoration Project to Benefit Fish, Anglers
Tarpon, Bonefish Catch-and-release Only
Billfish Conservation Act Moves Toward Total Ban on
U.S. Mainland Billfish Sales
FL Council Members at the IFFF Fly Fishing Fair (with
Pictures of Florida EXPO 2013 ( with photos featured
in the above slideshow)
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) at Bradenton
Yacht Club ( also on Conservation
2013 Sportfishing Summit Brings Recreational Fishing
Industry Leaders Together to Discuss Our Collective
A Map with the locations of Fly fishing Clubs in Florida
( also on our Florida
Member Club's page)
The EPA is taking comments right now on whether or not
to move forward to protect all our waterways. (see
and Release Regulations for Bonefish and Tarpon
has been gathering public input regarding potential changes
in the tarpon and bonefish rules to make them catch-and-release
only fisheries throughout Florida's state and federal waters.
The Florida Council of the International
Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) reviewed the staff recommendations
that were presented to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission during their regular meeting on April 17,2013,to
implement catch-and-release regulations for bonefish and tarpon.
Commission met on June 12, 2013, and voted unanimously to approve
the proposed rule amendments that will go into effect September
1, 2012, making bonefish and tarpon catch-and-release species
in Florida with a special Tarpon Trophy Tag to allow limited
"take" of tarpon for IGFA records only.
Read the complete report on the
rule ammendment: June 28, 2013 by Tom H. Logan, Florida Councils
1st Vice Present of Conservation on our Conservation
Council Clubs helping our honored Veterans
Many of our clubs work with organizations within their communities
to provide an educational experience for others.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) 2014 at Bradenton
The Annual Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament and the Bradenton
Yacht Club hosted the third annual PHWFF event on May 17, 2014
which provided some 30 veterans a day of fly fishing on the
water. Hell's Bay Boatworks and other Florida captains and guides
provided the transportation for the veterans and local PWHFF
at regional Veterans Administration facilities provided volunteers.
Larry Lurie, regional PHWFF director, organized the day's event
from the 14 programs in the region. Members of the Mangrove
Coast Fly Fishers, the Mid Coast Fly fishers, the Suncoast Fly
Fishers, and the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club supported the event
with many volunteers and boats.
How did the day go? Read the article written by our Council
President, Tom Gadaz on our Education