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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
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September 2014
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Len Anderson

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Oscar Feiliu
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Reid Martin
Dick Meikka
Craig Smothers
Ruth Stokes
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Dear Casting for Recovery Friends

   Join us march 22nd in Winter Park as we draw the ticket for the Custom Gheenoe, The flyer attached says it all, We are gathering to raise money for a great cause, with a silent auction and raffles,  cash wine and beer bar and just a fun time. Oops not to mention great appetizers and yummy desserts. 

Get your ticket soon since space is limited. Please share this flyer with friends and post on your Facebook page. Some of you are big in social media, so I kindly ask you to help us promote this event and change the life of many breast cancer survivors. Our 2015 Retreat will be March 28-30th.

Grateful for your support
Lily Renzetti

CfR FL Outreach Coordinator 

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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.

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 will have the annual meeting on Sunday March 22 in Winter Park.
The meeting will be at The Cloisters, 100 S. Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.
Time: 1:00 to 2:20.
Social Room on the first floor. Parking may be a problem so plan accordingly.

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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