Monday, August 3, 2015
International Federation of Fly Fishers - Florida Council



Fly Fishing Stars Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor Headlined 2014 Florida Fly Fishing Expo Oct. 10-11

Expo returned to The Plantation on Crystal River in 2014 with fly casting
and fly tying workshops for men, women, and children of all skill levels

Enjoy the Slideshow and be sure to join us for EXPO 6 - October 23 & 24, 2015

President's Corner

By Tom Gadacz

Welcome to the IFFF Florida Council 2015 Report 

Ron Whiteley

Newsletter By Ron Whiteley
FFF- Newsletter 9-2014 PDF

September 2014
18 pages 984 KB will open in new window


Florida Council Board

: Tom Gadacz
1st Vice President:
Tom Logan
Treasurer: Gerald Bell
 Ken Hofmeister

Directors at Large
 Ron Whiteley
M.E. DePalma

Andy Mill
Chico Fernandez
Flip Pallot

Directors 2014-2016

Len Anderson

Frank Catino
Walt Durkin
Oscar Feiliu
Jim Harter
Reid Martin
Dick Meikka
Craig Smothers
Ruth Stokes
Bob Wilkinson
Ron Winn

Directors 2015-2017

Mark Benson
Kirk Burton
Pat Damico
Dave Lambert
Dennis O'Brien
Dave Olson
Ed Tamson
Roger Williams


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IFFF Florida Council Expo - Will be at the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) museum in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale), Florida October 23-24, 2015.

Tom Logan and David Olson are putting together a great program and already have commitments from Chico Fernandez, Flip Pallot, Jon Cave, Pat Ford, Sam Root and David Lambroughton.

Online registration will open on August 3 and close on September 27.
To attend the banquet you must register online.

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 Port
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Phone number 954-342-833


At 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 and applications are obtained through Frank Johnson at 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 ( 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

 Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT) Symposium

Fishing Hall of Fame
Lee Wulff sculpture
Pat Ford

Joe Mahler and Emily Gadacz
Steve Huff Casting Clinic

Every 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 at the IGFA next year.

Florida Council Clubs helping our honored Veterans
Many 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 page
2015 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.

Agenda items include:
Welcome and Introductions
Election of President, Vice-President, and members of the Board of Directors;
Budget for 2015
Committee Reports
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 14-17

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