Saturday, October 25, 2014
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 in the Fall of 2015

President's Corner
By Tom Gadacz
  EXPO message 2014


Ron Whiteley

Newsletter By Ron Whiteley
FFF- Newsletter 9-2014 PDF

September 2014
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Crystal River, Florida -- Organizers for the fifth annual Florida Fly Fishing Expo 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 brought 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 offered even more women's and kids; fly fishing clinics, programs, and classes," said IFFF-Florida Council President Tom Gadacz. "Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor demonstrated and taught 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 l provided excellent programs and clinics."

Special Expo programs included 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 was $10, which included both days. Admission was free to kids 16 and younger when accompanied by an adult.


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. Funding is available for the 2015 camp session.

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.

Our Newsletter is online for download in PDF Format
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President's Message - see link
IFFF-Florida Council - Board of Directors - see - link
All about EXPO 2014 - speakers and programs see- link
FWC, partners see ultimate coral reef-building success
Dolphin Harassment Continues in Florida Panhandle, Tour Boat Operator Fined
Suncoast Fly Fishers Teach Kids How To Cast A Fly - see Education
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) 2014 at Bradenton Yacht Club ( see below)
Bone Fish and Tarpon Trust Symposium and Art and Film Festival
Report on the IFFF Fair 2014 held in Livingston, Montana
New articles and updates added in August to more!

Gulf Coast FLY FAIR is
Sept. 12/13, 2014 at the Ocean Springs Civic Center located at 3730 Bienville Blvd. For more information, classes and schedules go to:

Catch and Release Regulations for Bonefish and Tarpon
FWC 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. The 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 page.

Florida 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 Yacht Club.

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 page.

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