Tuesday, February 9, 2016
IFFF - Florida Council- Expo 2015 Speakers and Presenters


IFFF Florida Council Expo 6 - Will be at the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) museum
in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale), Florida October 23-24, 2015.

Online registration will open
August 24 to October 18.

To attend the banquet you must register online.

(updated 10/15/2015 subject to change)

Presenting our special guests

The Stars are coming out on October 23 & 24, 2015 


Florida Fly Fishing Expo 6

J.M. "Chico" Fernandez

After working a few years as Budget Director for Burger King Corp., Chico quit in 1974 to become involved in the outdoors field (articles, books, casting demonstrations, personal appearances, consulting and promoting).

He has fished since he was six years old and actively fly fished for over 60 years in most of the lower 48 states, Alaska, Central America, South America, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada, Spain & others.

Chico 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 tippet) and was the second person (1980) to land a white Marlin on a fly rod.

Several hundred of his articles have appeared on major outdoor publications in the U.S., Japan, Argentina, Spain and France. He wrote "The FisHair Saltwater Tying Guide", and "Fly Fishing for Bonefish"

The movie, "Chico and the Kids" (teaching kids how to fly fish) won the Outdoor Writers' Association of America's Award in 1980. He consulted with many national and international firms in the development of tackle, skiffs and canoes. He has five videos on the market (in English, Spanish and Japanese) on fly fishing, fishing with kids and casting.

He is a Charter member of the International Federation of Fly Fishing (IFFF) Board of Governors, IFFF Emeritus status and lifetime member and Director at Large of the IFFF Florida Council. He is also an advisor to The Snook Foundation, lifetime member and Chair of bonefish research for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust [BTT] and the IGFA representative for Miami. Presently, he consults for Hell's Bay Boatworks (Titusville, FL) and Costa Sunglasses (Daytona Beach, FL)..

Jon Cave
Jon is recognized as one of our sport’s top educators whether it be casting, guiding, fly tying or traveling. Jon has fished for many species of fish and his quests have carried him around the world. He has authored countless articles in many of our sports magazines. He teaches a fly fishing school which he founded in the mid 70’s which is likely the longest running class in the south and one of the longest in the country. Whether pursuing local quarries like bass, shad, redfish or spotted seatrout or such gamesters as bonefish, permit or golden dorado Jon has done it. He has published a number of books including the travel centered book "Fly-fishing Odyssey"and the recently published "Performance Fly Casting" ; which is a guide to casting that is spot on and very well illustrated by Joe Mahler.

He has received numerous awards over the years including the prestigious Federation of Fly Fisher’s Silver King award which goes to those who have help promote and advance salt water fly fishing. Some prior recipients include Lefty, Lou Tabory, and Nick Curcione, all presenters at our club. Through all of this Jon's hat size has remained the same and he is one of the friendliest, down to earth, approachable and willing to share person you will meet.
His web site is: www.jonbcaveflyfishing.com
Andy Ray Mill

Since his retirement from ski racing in 1981, Mill has worked as a ski racing commentator with ESPN, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He has a syndicated show in major ski areas in the U.S. entitled Ski with Andy Mill, which he hosts, writes and produces.

Mill has served on the boards of the Aspen Educational Foundation, the U.S. Olympic Educational Ski Foundation for the U.S. Ski Team, Aspen Winterclub Foundation, and National Atlantic Salmon Fishing Federation.

After his ski racing career concluded, Andy Mill found another passion - tarpon fishing. A lifelong fisherman, he brought a similar level of dedication and perfection to fishing. Although he admittedly struggled for quite a few years, he eventually mastered the art of tarpon fishing and went on to become only the second angler to win 5 Gold Cup Tarpon tournaments and be a triple crown winner in tarpon fishing (Gold Cup, Hawley, and Golden Fly). Mill has also hosted an outdoor show on OLN as well as fished for a number of fish including marlin, sailfish, bonefish, and permit, among others.

A Passion for Tarpon with Special Foreword by President George H. W. Bush by Andy Mill is available on Amazon.

David Lambroughton

I grew up in Sunnyvale, California where Baseball, Surfing, and Fly Fishing didn't help my grades. Then, came some College Summers working on a Cattle Ranch in British Columbia that was surrounded by some really good Kamloops Trout Lakes. That's when I knew that as soon as I graduated that I would be leaving Urban Life forever and I did. A decade of impersonating a Fishing Guide followed in places like Fall River in Northern California, Alaska, the Deschutes River in Oregon, British Columbia for both Skeena Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout in the Rockies, along with 4 summers based out of West Yellowstone.

In 1983, I immigrated to Canada and started to split my year between B.C. and New Zealand and lots of rivers and streams in between. I also started producing my Fly Fishing Dreams Calendar that I sell all over the world and it's also carried again this year in the I.F.F.F. Webstore.

If you come to my show, you'll see my very favourite waters from around the world and my annual route; the English Chalkstreams, Montana, Idaho, the Trout and Steelhead Seasons of B.C., and all over New Zealand, both Islands, top to bottom. My show is about the people, places, patterns and passion of our sport and my love for photography and travel. I'm not a Guide or Lodge Owner but I like helping people and loading my calendars every year with as much good info as I can.

Please join me at one of my shows and visit my website DavidLambroughton.com

Capt. Rob Fordyce
Rob Fordyce is a professional saltwater guide with over 30 years of experience guiding anglers for big tarpon as well as permit, bonefish, snook and many other saltwater gamefish. He grew up fishing in South Florida and the Everglades and won a Master Angler Award while still in high school, and is still the youngest MET Master Angler of all time. He attended the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship.

Widely regarded as one of the best light tackle and fly-fishing guides in the Florida Keys, he has won or placed among the top three finishers in more than 100 tournaments he has fished during his career, including, the prestigious Gold Cup Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournament, the Outback Golden Fly, the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Release Tournament, and the Yamaha Outboards Women's World Tarpon Fly Championship. Rob is the ONLY guide to have won all four major Fly Tarpon Tournaments in the 50 years of their history. Rob has made appearances as a guide in saltwater fishing shows, including Flip Pallot’s Walker's Cay Chronicles, and the Spanish Fly with Jose Wejebe. He also hosted a TV show, "The Search for Records". Rob guides on average over 300 days a year and still finds time to give back to the saltwater community, presenting seminars on saltwater fishing to sportsman's clubs and sharing his knowledge throughout the entire industry. He co-authored Tarpon on Fly in collaboration with Donald Larmouth, which is considered to be the DEFINITIVE book on fly-fishing for the Silver King.

He has also explored extensively for peacock bass in the Amazon and the reef fisheries of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Capt. Rich Keating
Capt. Keating has been a full time guide in the Marathon area for almost thirty years , specializing in fly and light tackle fishing for bonefish , permit , and tarpon in the Middle and Lower Keys . A past winner of The Marathon International Bonefish Tournament , Capt. Keating will help your Keys fishing immensely .
Capt. Joe Gonzalez
Capt. Joe Gonzalez has been fishing the South Florida area since his childhood. While growing up Joe spent his summers fishing in the Florida Keys and The Bahamas. He is a native to Florida and his love and passion for the sport led him to pursue this career which he started in 1987. Since then, Joe has fished from Biscayne Bay - to the Florida Keyes - to Flamingo. Joe specializes in flyfishing and light tackle fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, redfish, snook, trout, shark, barracuda and more.

In 2003, Capt. Joe Gonzalez began working with the University of Miami's Tarpon & Bonefish Research Program. He has tagged over 1,500 bonefish and has been influential in acoustic telemetry studies in bonefish movements and migrations. With Dr. Jerry Ault (from The University of Miami) on board, leading and conducting studies, Joe has been active in the bonefish census taking place in Biscayne Bay and The Florida Keys. In 2008, Joe played a vital part in introducing the tagging program to fishing guides and lodges in Los Roques, Venezuela. Earlier this year, Capt. Joe received the second Jose Wejebe Professional Guide Award awarded to one of Hells Bay's Certified Guides and Captains.

Capt. Joe Gonzalez has written articles for several fishing magazines as well as a Chapter on permit fishing in "Shoal Water Fishing," a book authored by Jan Maizler. He has also been featured on "ESPN'S George Poveromo's Saltwater Sportsman" as well as "OLN" with Buck Buchanen; TeleMiami's "Vamos a Pescar" (Let's Fish); Brazil's "Pesca y Compania" (Fishing & Company); FlatsClass TV on the World Fishing Network and Florida's Sunshine Network; and has done fishing reports for WPLN'S TV station. He has appeared as an instructor and guest speaker in Saltwater Sportsman's National Seminar Series as well as fishing clubs, expos and shows throughout Florida. Capt. Joe has also been recognized on The Watery Rave as one of the Top Guns On The Moon Clown Circuit in Costa Del Mar's Project Permit. Various blog articles have been written about Captain Joe's charters, such as VisitFlorida.com: Fly-fishing Day or Night and How to Go for a Flats Slam in Biscayne Bay; Alister & Paine: Gone fishin' in Biscayne Bay; and Bonefish on the Brain: Interview with Joe Gonzalez.
Pat Ford
Pat was born and raised in northern New Jersey, fishing in most every body of water that was available to him. He entered the University of Notre Dame in 1961 where as a communications arts major, he added sports photography to his passions. After graduating in 1965, he entered Columbia Law School in New York City. After being admitted to the New York Bar in 1968, he joined the Navy JAG Corps and was stationed in Pensacola where he began writing for Salt Water Sportsman magazine and several others. When he was transferred from Pensacola to Key West, it became very clear that he was going to spend the rest of his life in Florida. After discharge from the Navy in December, 1972 he moved to Miami and began his law practice, specializing in civil litigation. He has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1983. For over 40 years now, Pat has continued to fish, take photos and write about his experiences on the water. He has traveled extensively and has held over a dozen IGFA Fly Rod World Records ranging from a 196 lb tiger shark from Florida Bay to a 14.5 lb tigerfish caught in Zambia, Africa. He is a Founding Member of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and a Trustee of the American Museum of Fly Fishing. His first book " The Best Fly Fishing Trips Money Can Buy" was published in 2006 and is designed to help anglers duplicate the best fishing vacations that he has experienced. His articles and photos have appeared in every major sportfishing publication and he provided the photography for Andy Mill’s ‘A Passion for Tarpon’ in 2010. His latest book is “”Fly Fishing Day Dreams” (SkyHorse Publishing 2011) which again covers more of the best fly fishing trips on the planet.

A collection of his photos can be seen at patfordphotos.com.
Capt. Honson Lau
Though I was born in California, I was raised in south Florida and have been fly fishing for about 18 years. It was only 8years ago that the fly bug truly bit me and I developed an affinity for all aspects of fly fishing. I guided for 6 years immediately out of college but recently put that side of my career on hold to pursue a career in IT.

Each day off given to me today is usually another day on the water. There may be a day when I return to the world of guiding. Bonefish and Tarpon have become my obsession through the years. I studied not only where to catch them, but how to catch them most effectively with a fly rod.

Through good fortune I found myself mentors in world class fishermen like Tim Mahaffey and Andy Mill. Today, I still find myself atop a Maverick Mirage Skiff studying what swims in these shallow waters. I believe having grown up fishing my local waters has taught (and forced me) to face some of the most challenging and demanding sport fisheries in the world. I am lucky to call Biscayne Bay, the Everglades, and Islamorada my home waters.
Cordell Baum
"The Bonefish Wisperer "

I am the 8th generation and direct descendant of Abraham & Appolonia Baum, the original Baum family that immigrated to the Outer Banks of North Carolina from present day Germany in the late 1600's…from the Civil War through today many are Captains, ship builders and old school lifelong commercial fisherman. During the summer of my 10th year we moved to Alaska. This is where and where I became involved with flyfishing at 12 years old. I moved back to Cape Hatterras in the early 80's and became an electrician while renewing my saltwater fishing. I would surf fish, pier fish and even wade the Pamlico Sound until the early 90's. This is when I moved back to Alaska. This is also when I devoted myself solely to

Miami, Florida
I started coming to Miami in 2003 and began the groundwork to learn a completely new eco-system and start from scratch on everything. I have systematically figured out the secrets to unlocking the potential in the waters right here in Miami just minutes from the urban skyline. I have spent over 10yrs on the water here now and in the same exact area and know it completely. I have developed my own custom flies that cover all species with unparalleled success.

Capt. Bou Bosso
Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, Bou visited Islamorada for the first time when he was six months old. The short trip south was a family summer tradition that stands to this day. Over the years, these trips to Islamorada created an immense passion for flats fishing and Bou started casting a fly rod when he was eight years old. At the age of eighteen, he obtained his captains license and began guiding during the summer months out of Papa Joe's Marina. In 2007, Bou graduated from the University of North Florida with a Hospital Administration degree and immediately moved to Islamorada to follow his passion. Soon thereafter, he began guiding flats-fishing charters full time out of La Siesta Marina. In 2009, he entered law school at Florida International University while continuing to work as a flats guide full time. Bou graduated from FIU Law School in December of 2012 and passed the Florida Bar Exam in February 2013 to become a Florida Licensed Attorney. Bou has been awarded the Guide to Grand Champion Award two times in the Islamorada Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament, Guide to First Runner Up Award in the Outback Golden-Fly Tarpon Tournament, and Guide to Second Place in the Keys Spring Invitational Fly Bonefish Tournament.
Capt. Pete Greenan
Peter T. Greenan - Born 28 July 1945 in Springfield, Massachucetts
Married - Jill 23 years, four children, seven Grand-children, one great grand child

Early years -
Capt. Pete has been an avid fly fisher from 7 years old until this day. Raised in the Berkshire Mts. of western Mass., he fished all local waters and traveled extensively throughout New England and the north east. As a member of the board of directors of the Conn. 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 currently the past-president of the Florida Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

After moving to Sarasota in 1974, he began a guide service in Sarasota, the Everglades, Homosassa, and the Florida Keys. He has traveled to fish throughout North America and the Bahamas. His skills as a fly fisher and guide brought articles in almost every national magazine, and newspapers throughout the country.

Highlights -
Started "Sarasota Saltwater" television show
A principle founder of Sarasota FCA
Founder of Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers
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 Guides Assoc.
Member IFFF Casting Board of Governors - Exec. Committee
Chairman Budget & Finance Committee- IFFF CBOG
Leader in internet fishing sites with www.floridaflyfishing .com (1985)

Currently operating
The Gypsy Guide Service (fishing Boca Grande and the Everglades)
The Sarasota and Boca Grande Fly fishing Schools
Contact: captpete@floridaflyfishing.com or: 941.232.2960
Capt. Jamie Allen
Jamie's love of fishing began when he was just a boy growing up in Vermont, a passion that would continue his entire life. Leaving New England he ventured out to San Diego and Colorado, before settling in Southwest Florida. He's been guiding out of Boca Grande, in Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound coast since 2001, mainly for tarpon, snook and redfish. Jamie spends over 200 days a year on the water and he prefers sight fishing in spots that few anglers ever see.''Getting to share our wonderful fishing with different anglers and helping them experience the magic that swims thru out our waters makes me feel that I have THE best job in the whole world"

Jamie is a Pro staffer for Scott Rods and Nautilus Reels. He is also an IFFF certified casting instructor. For photos and some great videos, check out his website: www.jamiesoutfishin.com
Capt. Mark Benson
Mark lives in central Florida fishing for anything that swims and hunting anything that gobbles. His love of fishing and adventure has taken him from the Bahamas for bones to New Zealand for brown trout. But catching American shad combines the best of moving waters, hard fighting fish and the spectacular scenery of the upper St. Johns River floodplain into a rewarding local adventure.

His background as a biologist and a U of F certified Master Naturalist gives a unique perspective on a seasonal visitor to our state, the American Shad.

A full time guide and an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor his website is markbensonoutdoors.com
Capt. Bob Branham

Bob is one of the best bone-fishing guides alive. He has guided his anglers to 5 world records and has won or placed in numerous Tournaments - 1st place in the team Redbone 2002, 1st and 2nd place finishes in the International Fall Fly Tournament, Two 1st place and five 2nd place finishes in the Spring Fly bonefish Tournament and Three time Champion of the Fly Division in the George Bush .Tournament.
Dr. Aaron Adams, Ph.D
Aaron is the Director of Operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and a Research Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College in Maryland, a Master's from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and also holds a Coast Guard Captain's License. He has lived, worked, and fished on both coasts of the US, as well as throughout the Caribbean, where he has been conducting fish research for more than 25 years. His pursuit of effective fisheries and habitat conservation are rooted in his years growing up near Chesapeake Bay, where he witnessed the decline of the Bay's habitats and fisheries. His scientific focus has been on conducting applied research with conservation implications (from coral reef to recreational species), with particular interest in fish habitat ecology. Dr. Adams is also the author of numerous articles and books , including The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish , Fishermans Coast , and Fly Fishermans Guide for Saltwater Prey.
Alex Lovett-Woodsum
Alex has been passionate about fishing and conservation all her life. Growing up in Massachusetts, she learned to fly fish in Montana and honed her skills fishing for stripers out of Boston Harbor, and smallmouth bass in the lakes of New Hampshire. She attended Middlebury College, where she was the President of the Fly Fishing Club and enjoyed all that the Vermont trout streams had to offer.

Alex received a PGC in Nonprofit Management from University of Texas San Antonio while working and living in San Antonio. As a teenager, Alex spent more and more time saltwater fly fishing in the Florida Keys and Bahamas, and soon became a saltwater fly fishing addict, which eventually led to her relocation to South Florida. She previously worked in Development for City Year Miami before joining the BTT staff in the spring of 2013. Alex also donates her time running the Miami Project Healing Waters chapter and serving on the Anglers Circle for The American Museum of Fly Fishing .

Capt. Dave Denkert



Brooke and Linda Denkert

Dave was born in Charleston, Illinois but was transplanted to Miami at the age of two months. Growing up a block away from Biscayne Bay, he began fishing shallow waters at the age of five. By the time he was twelve, Dave, accompanied by his younger brother, Steve, and a friend or two explored all areas of Florida Bay from one end to the other in their fourteen foot Challenger.
Dave's father became a founding member of the South Dade Anglers Fishing Club in 1969 and that was where Dave first learned the rewards of sport fishing. While fishing with his father and friends, he learned Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay and has been fishing these waters, as well as the lower Keys, extensively since the late sixties.

Dave won numerous awards in the fishing club and began fishing more demanding tournaments. Fishing the Miami Metropolitan Tournament, he was awarded Tarpon Release Master,Inshore Grand Champion and many other titles over the years.

Before becoming a licensed captain and pro fishing guide, he guided his wife Linda to Un-Guided Met Master Angler three years, Inshore Grand Champion and various other MET awards in the eighties and nineties. Linda is a prominent figure in the Keys fishing community, a tremendous cheerleader for Dave (known as Denk or Denkert to his friends) and his anglers. Linda's Facebook page is a great place to keep up with goings on in the Keys. She also manages Denk's Journal on this site.

They are a fishing family! Dave and Linda's daughter, Brooke, now age twenty-six, literally grew up on the water. He guided her to many tournament championships and exposed her to the camaraderie of the fishing community and the intricacies of shallow water ecosystems. She has turned Dave's casual lessons into a couple of degrees and a career in estuarine sciences.
Denk is fluent in fly, spin and bait casting, allowing him to effectively teach his customers how to catch fish. After working twenty-five years in the corporate world, he decided he wanted to live out his childhood dream and become a fishing guide. He currently lives in Islamorada and has been since 2003. He earned the friendship of the greats and fishes with Stu Apte, Chico Fernandez, Flip Pallot, Joan Wulff and Jose Wejebe to name a few. He fishes from Biscayne Bay to Key West and Everglades National Park. He trailers his boats to all locations but normally launches from the Lorelei, located in Islamorada at Mile Marker 82Through his writing and teaching,
Nick Curcione
Nick Curcione has earned a position as a true ambassador for the sport of fly fishing. He is gifted with a limitless passion and skill for both sharing techniques and for casting.

As part of the Temple Fork Advisory Staff, Nick is involved in the design of our rods and related products, assists in developing casting schools and educational programs, and participates in general business planning for TFO.

In addition to his former 35-year career as a university professor, Nick is an internationally recognized outdoor writer, instructor, lecturer and tackle consultant with more than 40 years of angling experience. Though extremely well versed in all phases of the sport, Nick is especially noted for his casting expertise and instructional clinics. He is one of the country's leading authorities on sinking lines and shooting heads, and his knowledge of knots and rigging are held in high regard.
Nick has been on the sport fishing show circuit for more than 30 years, where he has been a featured attraction for productions like the International Sportsmen Expositions, The Great Western Fishing and Hunting Shows, Marriott's Fly Fishing Fairs, and the Shallow Water Expostions.
His fishing travels have taken him to a variety of locales, including all the coastal waters of the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean,Mexico, Central and South America, New Guinea and the South Pacific.

His writing credits have been extensive, with numerous articles in local, national and international publications. Since its inception, he has been on the editorial staff of Fly Fishing Saltwaters magazine and has authored three fly fishing books, The Orvis Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing, Baja On The Fly, and Tug-O-War, A Fly Fishers Game. Over the years, Nick has served as a consultant for a number of major tackle manufacturers and has recently joined Temple Fork Outfitters advisory staff.

Lefty summed it up nicely by saying: "He's ethical and a real pro-everyone who knows him loves him, and he is especially revered on the West Coast. We just got a terrific member for our team."


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