Wednesday, August 20, 2014
IFFF - Florida Council- Expo 2013 Speakers and Presenters


The Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and the Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers
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 page.

(updated 9/4/2013 - subject to change)
     Chico and Flip                

Chico Fernandez and Flip Pallot

Presenting our special guests - In alphabetical order

Capt. 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

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 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

Jon 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:

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

J.M. "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.

He 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.

He 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.

His 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.

Chico 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).

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 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

Capt. 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 or go to his website www.florida

Russ 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

Dave 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

Joe 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.

Joe 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

Dayle 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

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. 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

Flip 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.

After 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.

Flip 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:

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:

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

Capt. 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

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

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

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

Capt. 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.

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 or








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