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IFFF - Florida Council- Expo 2014 Speakers and Presenters

FLORIDA COUNCIL EXPO 2014 SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS

The Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) 
will host the next Florida Fly Fishing Expo October 10 - 11, 2014, at the Plantation on Crystal River.

Learn more and download the re-registration form by going to our EXPO page.

(updated 9/8/2014- subject to change)
                   

Presenting our special guests - In alphabetical order

Capt. Jamie Allen: Fly Fishing In Difficult Conditions - Step up to the big leagues of fly fishingand 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 www.jamiesoutfishin.com/


Capt. 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 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 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 fcatino@cfl.rr.com


Bob Clouser -- Tying The Clouser Minnow and Other Flies and Casting Weighted Lines and Flies - Bob's the most recognized name in fly fishing. He is he innovator of many fine fly patterns, all of which have gained worldwide popularity. His flies include The Clouser Minnow, The Half and Half, Clouser Crayfish, Swimming Nymph, Crippled Minnow, Mad Tom, The Darter, Hellgrammite, E-Z Ppopper, Floating Minnow and many others. Bob's Clouser Minnow is claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed, rated as #1 by Field and Stream Magazine. He has designed a fly line (The Clouser Taper) manufactured by Rio Products that makes casting heavy wind-resistant fly patterns a dream to cast. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and has designed a line of rods (Clouser Series Fly Rods) with Temple Fork Outfitters. He is also on the staff of Rainy's Flies Inc. and Renzetti Inc. Sign up early for Bob's classes. His class sizes are limited.


Heather Culp, Esq. - Florida's Remarkable and Delicate Springs. If we don't save our springs, we don't save our fish. The magnificent artesian springs in Florida are changing-- and the changes are alarming, including reduced water flow, sky-rocketing nutrient concentrations, loss of natural aquatic vegetation and fish, and increases of damaging filamentous algae. Mother Nature is providing a wake-up call to humans that it is time to clean up our act. Heather Culp is an environmental attorney who is associate director of the Florida Springs Institute. She is Heather has been an active member of the environmental community for several years as a volunteer with various non-profit organizations and previously served as FSI's Outreach Director.


Capt. 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 or pat4jaws@hotmail.com


Dr. Tom Dempsey: Anglers' First Aid-- First-Aid for Beach & Boat - Intended for the angler on the water. A brief review of on the water treatment of common ailments and injuries with recommendations regarding medication and supplies and a "hands -on " practical of the various methods of hook removal and simple suturing of lacerations. Course limited to 8, each assigned to a station with practice skin,and instruments. All levels of expertise, approximately 1 hour. Take home hand-outs. Dr Tom Dempsey is a neurosurgeon and IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor from Mibile AL. He travels the world looking for fly fishing adventure.


Tom Dunkerton: Taking Great Outdoor Photos: From A Nikon Pro Staff Photographer - Tom is originally from New York City; he moved to Florida 18 years ago. Growing up in Staten Island, NY he spent much his childhood fishing and crabbing and exploring the outdoors. He was hooked on bird watching in his late teens, by his girlfriend, now his wife.

When Tom moved to Florida bird watching a stronger passion. He got involved in bird surveys and studied photography to help share his bird obsession. Tom began receiving invitations to share his images and experiences at various bird clubs and Audubon chapter and this exposure landed him a four-year gig as a research technician for a Florida Scrub-jay study on Cape Canaveral AFS. . .and an invitation to join the Nikon Birding Pro Staff Team, to help promote their optics at a local level.

Tom has other passions - art, drawing, playing music, and nature. Now, all of nature - sunrises, sunsets, fishing, general wildlife and landscapes - are all targets for his camera.

Tom currently is working on a book to showcase his passion and hopes it will fuel others' interests in nature, as well as inspire them to conserve it.


Capt. 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 Int. 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/



Leslie Holmes: Spey Casting for Single-Handed Fly Rod - Learn those graceful, functional spey-type casts from one of Ireland's most knowledgeable casting instructors, Leslie Holmes. - Leslie started fishing when he was four years old. He owns and operates Stonewalls Trout Fishery & School of Fly Fishing in Castlerock, Northern Ireland. Leslie is a IFFF Master Casting Instructor and Two Handed Certified Casting Instructor. He also holds the Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors qualifications in both single- and double-handed disciplines and is a qualified assessor and mentor for G.A.I.A & A.P.G.A.I He is also a qualified fishing guide, specializing in mullet & sea trout on the fly on North Coast of Ireland. Leslie has fished extensively in Australia, Canada and, at present enjoys pursuing salt water species in Florida. His main passion is sharing his knowledge whilst teaching and demonstrating fly casting and fishing techniques. Contact Leslie at email: info@stonefalls.co.uk

 


Dave Johnson: Casting Presentation - Learn 20 Fishing Casts - The fly casting world is filled with fancy casts that look pretty but aren't much good for fishing. 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 flycaster10@aol.com


Joe Mahler and Drie Strohman: Casting Clinic - Fly Fishing from A Kayak, Includes Casting and Rigging - Joe and Drie spend much of their fishing time casting to fish from a kayak. Both are skilled instructors and Joe is part of the NuCanoe Pro Staff. He 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.


David 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 olsnflycstr@aol.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.

Years 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 Rainey's Flies and Wapsi and he is considered 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 arctic fox. See Saltwater Flytyers' website at www.saltwaterflytyers.com


Capt. 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: www.flyfishjax.com


Mel 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


Craig 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 thefishdoc@comcast.net



Wanda Taylor - Fly Casting for Women and Intermediate Fly Casting (co-ed)
-- Wanda is the first woman certified as a Master Fly Casting Instructor by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. She and husband Gary (also a Master instructor) run Taylor and Taylor Fly Fishing in Tennessee. Wanda works with TFO Fly rods as an advisory staffer, she is an ambassador for Casting for Recovery. Wanda's clinics and classes are always in big demand. Sign up early; class sizes are limited.




Rodney 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.

As 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 irlcoast@gmail.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.

Years 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


Craig 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 thefishdoc@comcast.net


Capt. Skip Zink - Flyfishing in Cuba - Why Now?? -- Ever wondered just how good the fishing opportunities are on that island just 90 miles south of Key West? Come learn from Capt. Skip Zink, who spent many hours fishing Cuban waters. A introduction to our Cuban 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 me.

He 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/ or skip@bocagrandeflyfishingcharters.com

 

 

 

 

 

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