COUNCIL EXPO 2013 SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS
The Florida Council
of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and the Tarpon Coast
will jointly host the next Florida Fly Fishing
Expo October 18- 19, 2013, at the
Plantation on Crystal River.
Learn more and download the re-registration form by going to our EXPO
9/4/2013 - subject to change)
and Flip Pallot
Presenting our special
guests - In alphabetical order
Jamie Allen: Preparing for and Catching Big Fish
Step up to the big leagues of fly fishing and go after those big fish.
Learn how to rig for, find, and catch Florida biggest fish. - Capt.
Jamie began fishing in his youth in New England, which started a passion
that would continue his entire life. He continued his fishing career
in San Diego and Colorado, before settling in Southwest Florida. He
began guiding in 2001 and has ample experience fly fishing, preferring
sight fishing in area's few anglers ever see. Jamie is a Pro staffer
for Scott Rods and Nautilus Reels. He is also a FFF certified casting
instructor. For photos and video, check out his website is
Frank Catino - New Fly Lines - How To Build A Balanced Fly
Fishing System - Want to know why some fly lines just won't
work with some rods or why some rods cast great at 60 feet but fall
apart at 70 feet? This is the program for you. - Capt. Frank is a
lifelong resident of Florida. He currently is the Southeastern rep
for Cortland Line Company and was regional rep the Orvis company for
years. He is highly knowledgeable about fly rod and line designs.
Frank has guided both offshore and inshore charters for over 35 years.
He has fished from his base on the East Coast of Florida to the Keys,
Bahamas and Central America as well as Montana and Wyoming. He designed
the Catino Fly Reel and Rods for fly and conventional tackle companies.
Frank's specializes in sight casting for redfish and trout in skinny
backwaters of the lagoon system as well as mangroves for snook. He
is also has a great passion for tarpon in the backcountry of the Florida
Keys. Contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cave: Casting Clinic - Performance Fly Casting -
Increasing distance, efficient double-hauling, better loop
control, throwing a smoother line, speed-casting, dealing with wind,
and recognizing and correcting mistakes - Jon is an internationally
respected author, lecturer, fly-fishing instructor, and guide. He's
taught professionally, both fly casting and fly tying, for more than
30 years, and he is the founder of the longest established fly-fishing
school in the South. Jon has taught thousands of students and trained
guides internationally. He is a member of the Team Sage Advisory Staff,
Rio Fly Line Advisory Staff, and Umpqua's Contract Tyer Program. His
articles, casting tips, columns, and photographs are featured in fly-fishing's
best publications, and, his books are top sellers in the fly-fishing
world - Performance Fly Casting and Fly-Fishing Odyssey,
The Pursuit of Great Gamefish. His work is also included in the
anthology Gray Ghosts and Lefty's Deceivers, Fly-Fishing
Wisdom From The Masters.
What many don't know is that Jon has a master of science degree in
Natural Resources, with special concentration in the fields of fisheries
and water resources. The results of his research on the hooking mortalities
of fish have been published in several prestigious scientific journals
including the Progressive Fish Culturist and the Journal
of Freshwater Ecology; and, he presented those findings at the
University of Notre Dame before the Indiana Academy of Science. Jon
is one of only a handful of individuals to be honored with the prestigious
FFF Silver King Award for his contributions to saltwater fly-fishing.
He currently holds a seat on the Advisory Council for the Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries Commission and has served on the Board of
Governors for the FFF Casting Certification Program. Contact Jon:
Pat Damico: A Smooth Transition from Fresh to Saltwater
Fly Fishing - Are you new to saltwater fly fishing? Want to
bone up on redfish, bonefish, tarpon? Capt. Pat is your guy. - Capt.
Pat is a professional saltwater guide who guides mostly the Tampa
Bay area. He is an IFFF Master Casting Instructor who has been fly
fishing and fly tying since he was 10 years old. He is an author,
a writer, a speaker, and a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Area
Coordinator for six years. Pat flyfishes South America, Bahamas, Caribbean,
Canada, East coast and mid-west. Contact Capt. Pat at www.captpat.com
"Chico" Fernandez: Fly Fishing with Chico and
Flip - Chico Fernandez has flyfished for 60 years in most
of the lower 48 states, Alaska, Central America, South America, Cuba,
Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada, Spain &
others. In 1974 Chico left his position as budget director for Burger
King Corp. to become involved in the outdoors field as a writer, author,
casting instructor, consultant and speaker.
has written several hundred articles for most mayor outdoor publication
in U.S. and abroad - in Japan, Argentina, Spain and France. Chico
wrote "The FisHair Saltwater Tying Guide", and "Fly
Fishing for Bonefish", a hard cover Stackpole Book and is
presently working on a redfish book.
has broken several world records, including the largest redfish taken
with a fly rod, at 42 pounds 5 ounces. (I.G.F.A. record on 12 pound
test tipped) and he was the second person (1980) to land a white marlin
on a fly rod.
movie, "Chico and the Kids," (teaching kids how to
fly fish) won the Outdoor Writers' Association of America's Award
in 1980. He has appeared on TV fishing programs - ESPN, and has five
video on the market (in English, Spanish and Japanese) on fly fishing,
fishing with kids and casting tackle.
has consulted for national and international firms on fishing and
fly fishing tackle, skiffs and canoe designs. Additionally, he is
a charter member of the IFFF Board of Governors, emeritus status and
a lifetime member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and
director at large of the Florida Council Board; an Advisor to The
Snook Foundation; and a and lifetime member and chair of bonefish
research for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust [BTT] and the IGFA Representative
for Miami. He is also a consultant for Hell's Bay Boatworks (Titusville,
FL) and Costa sunglasses (Daytona Beach, FL).
Rick Grassett: Catching Albies and Tripletail in Coastal
SW Florida - Albies? False albacore, little tunny, the speedsters
of the fly fishing world and tripletail. How to rig, where, what flies,
and how to bring them to the boat. - Everything you need to know from
an acknowledged pro. Rick owns Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
He is a full-time fishing guide and outdoor writer based in Sarasota,
FL. He has guided since 1990 and is he is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing
guide at CB's Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key in Sarasota, which
was the Orvis Outfitter of the Year for 2011. He is also a Federation
of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and the instructor for
the Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School at CB's Saltwater Outfitters.
His website is www.snookfin-addict.com/
Pete Greenan: Casting Clinic - Introduction to Fly Fishing,
Classroom and Casting Field -Pete Greean's Intro is the class
you want and need to take if you want to learn to flyfish, whether
in salt- or freshwater. - Capt. Pete has been an avid fly fisher from
7 years old until this day. Raised in the Berkshire Mts. of western
Massachussets, he fished all local waters and traveled extensively
throughout New England and the Northeast. As a member of the board
of directors of the Connecticutt Fly Fishermen's Assoc., he met and
fished with many well know anglers including John Veniard, Art Flick,
Gary LaFontaine, Harry Darby and Vincent Marinaro. Pete is a former
president of the Florida Council of the International Federation of
Fly Fishers. Pete is a Master Certified Casting Instructor of Fed.
Fly Fishers, Past-President of the Florida Council IFFF, Chairman
of the Master's test Committee - IFFF, Member IFFF Casting Board of
Governors - Exec. Committee, and Chairman Budget & Finance Committee-
IFFF CBOG. Contact Capt. Pete at email@example.com
or go to his website www.florida
Hampton: Secrets of A Glades Fisherman - Getting In, Flyfishing,
Staying Found - The Everglades, you've always wanted to fish
there, but access is remote, and where are the fish. And how do you
not get lost? Russ's program will tell you all this and more. Russ
started flyfishing in the late 50s for bass and bluegill in VA. He
came back from Vietnam to live in and fish in California, where he
discovered coastal flyfishing and nearshore and bluewater flyfishing.
Russ became a fly tyer, designing flies and tying with almost 100%
synthetics. In 2000 he and a small group of bluewater fly fisherman
helped develop Zihuatanejo Mexico's as a bluewater flyfishing destination.
Russ now lives in Central FL where he fishes extensively for bass,
bluegill, and the exotics of South Florida's canals and the Glades
(peacock bass, Mayan cichlids, and oscars). Contact Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson: Casting Clinic - Learn 20 Fishing Casts
- The fly casting world is filled with pretty casts but Dave specializes
in casts that will catch fish, both fresh and salt. - Dave is an internationally
recognized fly casting instructor and fly tier who hails from Indiana.
He is has been teaching and tying for more than four decades. He started
professional fly casting instruction for the Fenwick Fly Fishing Schools
in 1973. He teaches with or has taught with the most celebrated names
in fly fishing, including Lefty Kreh, Lee & Joan Wulff and Jon
Cave. As a side note: Dave is also an internationally competitive
black powder shooter. Dave is a winner of the Colliander Cup for All
Around Fly Casting from the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is on the
advisory staff of Temple Fork Outfitters. He designed the Petti-Coat
streamer and he fishes both freshwater and salt. Contact Dave at email@example.com
Mahler: Casting Clinic - Throwing the Skyhook and Other
Curved Casts- Sometimes a straight cast just won't work. Learn
Joe's signature overhead hook and many other curve casts from a renowned
and respected pro. Joe is an author, illustrator, and FFF certified
fly casting instructor who has spent his life fly fishing for "anything
with a tug"- and teaching others to do the same. He is the author
and illustrator of Essential Knots and Rigs for Trout, and
Essential Knots and Rigs for Salt Water, both published by
Stackpole. He illustrated Performance Fly Casting by Jon Cave.
Joe's articles and illustrations appear in magazines such as Fly
Fisherman, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Salt Water Sportsman, FLW,
American Angler and Outdoor Life.
is the creator of the popular fly pattern "The StrawBoss"
for use in both fresh and salt water. He lives in Southwest Florida
and is currently a member of the Sage Ambassador Team, Regal Vise
Pro tyer and a Nucanoe Pro Staffer. Joe can be heard co-hosting "Reel-Talk"
with Capt. Rob Modys on ESPN Radio and seen in Bass Pro, Tracker Boats,
and Mako Boats national television spots. You can contact Joe through
his website www.joemahler.com
Mazzarella: Casting Clinic - How to Teach Fly Casting to
Anyone - Learn the right way to teach fly casting from a professional
teaching coach and trainer. For guides, parents, spouses, anyone who
wants to teach fly casting right the first time.- Dayle is an IFFF
Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor (MCI) with 40 years experience
as a successful and award-winning teacher and coach, including 20
years experience training teachers and coaches. He also consults with
school districts regarding curriculum development, teacher training,
and testing protocols. Dayle has a master's degree in education with
an emphasis in educational psychology. Dayle has been fly fishing
for 30 years. For the last five years he has guided fly fishing trips
in Wyoming and instructed fly casting in Western Wyoming, Southern
California and Florida. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Olson: Casting Clinic - Supercharge Your Distance Cast -
Does your cast look great at 55 feet but fall apart at 65, 75 or 80
feet? Come see Dave Olson. - David is a recent winner of the Big Gun
Shootout with a cast of 136 feet with a conventional fly line. He
is the managing partner of The Fly Shop of Miami and has been in the
fly fishing industry for 30 years, as a shop worker and owner, instructor,
and Umpqua Fly Pattern Designer. David is an IFFF Master Certified
Instructor and a highly respected distance-casting competitor and
an in-demand instructor. See his winning cast here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY2eFAlyR4Q
Dave regularly fishes the waters of South Florida, including Biscayne
Bay, the Florida Everglades, and the Florida Keys for bonefish, permit,
redfish, snook, peacock bass, and tarpon. Contact David at email@example.com
Pallot: Fly Fishing with Chico and Flip - Flip Pallot
was born and raised in South Florida. An avid outdoorsman for as long
as he can remember, Flip left the world of corporate banking to begin
his second career as a fishing and hunting guide.
12 years Flip moved to television, bringing his life's fishing travels
to the small screen for us to enjoy. He is best known for his writing
and work on Walkers Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons
on ESPN and as a founder of Hell's Bay Boatworks. His is a
keen storyteller and raconteur and he continues to bring to life the
best part of fishing adventures through his instructional classes
and fly-fishing books.
currently lives in Mims, FL and is filming shows for Ford's Fishing
Frontiers on the Outdoor Channel. His book, Mangroves, Memories
and Magic is a great read. He has available a two-DVD set titled
All the Best: A Conversation with Flip and Lefty Kreh. His newest
project, a biography of Lefty Kreh, will be published this winter.
See Flip's website: www.flippallot.com
Rich Santos: Catching Redfish, Sheepshead, and Seatrout
on Florida's First Coast - You've heard about the wading fishery
in North Florida. . .as much like hunting as fishing. . .tailing fish
on the flooded grassflats, a walk-in fishery. Capt. Rich owns and
operates First Coast Fly Fishing Unlimited, based in the Jacksonville-St.
Augustine. He has fly fished saltwater most of his life, first in
the Northeast, then in Florida. He charters both kayak and flats skiffs;
most of his bookings come from his nicely customized website and his
reputation as a true fish finder. Rich is a respected outdoors photographer
and videographer and an IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor. His
photos and flies are featured in two books by Angelo Peluso, Saltwater
Flies of the Southeast & Gulf Coast and Fly Fishing the
Surf. His YouTube videos receive have received well over 100k
viewings and he his most recent article is "Fishing Florida's
First Coast" in the Fisherman Magazine.
Capt. Rich enjoys helping others learn cast to and catch redfish,
sheepshead and seatrout on a fly. He's noted for his willingness to
convert beginners to true fly fishers through patience and teaching
ability. His website is:
Simpson: Fly Tying Workshop - Tying Tarpon Flies with Mel
Simpson- There are hundreds of tarpon flies and patterns on
the market, but which ones really tempt these notoriously fickle fish?
Mel ties flies that work, based on his 30 years research. - Mel is
from St. Pete and he fishes Florida's west coast. Mel describes himself
as a complete tarpon freak."When I'm not fishing I'm tying tarpon
flies and constructing leaders," Mel says. "The style of
my flies reflects what works for our big fish. Mel has been a serious
tier for 40 years and a tarpon fly tier for 30. He spends countless
hours searching for the latest tying techniques and new materials.
Contact Mel at Melsksig16@aol.com
Hugh "Unk" Smith: Fly Fishing in the UK, The Beginnings
of Modern Fly Fishing - Modern fly fishing got its start on
the chalk streams and trout rivers of Britain. Early history is as
fascinating as it is revealing and relevant - Born and reared in the
Florida, Capt. Unk returned home in 1998 after 30 years of flying
fast jets in the USAF. He opens his tarpon camp in the Florida Panhandle
each year during the tarpon migration. He is past president of The
Emerald Coast Flyfishers. He's an active member of CCA, FFF, and IGFA.
He's a USCG Certified Maritime Captain, a certified IGFA Captain and
a sanctioned CCA Guide. Contact Hugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith: Training the Trainers: How to Hold Successful Fly
Fishing Clinic for Kids. We all know that introducing kids
to fly fishing is the future of the sport. But how do you actually
set up and structure a kids fly fishing event. What liabilities are
involved? Who do you get as sponsors, and how? Learn from Rodney Smith,
organizer of Hook Kids on Fishing and Anglers for Conservation.- Rodney
is a native Floridian who wears many hats. He is the founder of Coastal
Angler Magazine. He is also a naturalist, author, fly fishing aficionado,
publisher, and strong conservation advocate. As a longtime charter-fishing
captain, Rodney has also developed an in-depth understanding of the
social, economical and environmental impacts of recreational fishing.
Rodney is a past winner of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association's
DAIWA Youth Conservation Award, awarded annually for efforts to increase
young people's awareness of and participation in conservation.
founder/publisher of Coastal Angler Magazine, Rodney was awarded
the Frank Philpott Conservation Award, which is given to deserving
Florida Outdoor Writers Association members or organizations for outstanding
conservation efforts on behalf of the Florida outdoors. Today he is
the CEO of Little Pond Publishing, a digital publishing house. Contact
him at email@example.com
Don Reed - All About Feathers and Furs - There's
a lot to learn about feathers and furs. . .what feathers work best
with which patterns, which furs hold up to toothy critters. Come learn
from a pro. Don has written fly tying articles for many of fly fishing
magazines. He owns Saltwater Flytyers and Outfitters in St. Augustine,
Florida. He grew up fishing in North Georgia for pan fish and bass.
Don says his first memories involve water and fishing…when Don
was 12 years old, started tying popping bugs he fished on an old bamboo
fly rod his Dad gave him. When he was 14 he discovered trout fishing
in the mountain streams and fly tying.
later after moving to North Florida he started tying flies to order.
Soon he had acquired great sources of materials and was tying for
guides and shops from the Keys to Maine and west to Texas. He designs
flies for Raineys Flies and Wapsi and he is considered of of the best
blue water fly designers in the country. Don owns Saltwater Flytyers,
a great source for synthetics, and exotic natural materials like Finnish
raccoon and artic fox. See Saltwater Flytyers' website at www.saltwaterflytyers.com
Smothers - Different Baits, Different Shapes: An EP (Enrico
Puglisi flies) Primer - Difficult to tie but very effective.
You've heard that about EP patterns. Here, Craig demystifies the EP
flies and explains which materials work best for both. This is a hands-on
clinic - Craig is the current president of the Mangrove Coast Fly
Fishers in Sarasota and one of its original members. He is a passionate
fly tier and instructor who subtly breaks down complex patterns into
simple teachable steps any fly tier can manage. An avid outdoorsman
and environmentalist, he spends his off time fishing, bird watching,
and bicycle racing. Contact Craig at
Skip Zink - A Saltwater Primer for SW Florida Fly Fishing
- How, Where, When, and Why to Fish Florida's Remarkable southwestern
Coast - An introduction to our fisheries. Skip
grew up fishing the rivers of N GA. His love of the hunt and the incredible
thrill and adventure of fly fishing have taken him half way around
the world. From the Eastern rivers and streams, throughout the west
to Montana, California, Arizona, Nevada, and the Florida Keys, to
the warm and blue waters of Baja in Mexico. Alaska's bounty and the
Caribbean's Emerald waters and the island of Boca Grande continued
to beckon him.
developed a love and attraction to the waters of South Florida and
began guiding in Boca Raton, to pursue his passion for saltwater.
His many days on the water, on both ends of the boat, have given him
a depth of saltwater knowledge and Skip has developed a unique understanding
of sight fishing and fly fishing in general.
Contact Capt Skip at http://bocagrandeflyfishingcharters.com/
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