COUNCIL EXPO 2015 SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS
Florida Council Expo 6 - Will be at the International Game Fish Association
in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale), Florida October 23-24, 2015.
Online registration will open August
24 to October 18.
the banquet you must register online.
(updated 10/15/2015 subject to change)
our special guests
Stars are coming out on October 23 & 24, 2015
Florida Fly Fishing
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Passion for Tarpon with Special Foreword by
President George H. W. Bush by Andy Mill is available on Amazon.
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.
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
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
He has also explored extensively for peacock bass in the Amazon
and the reef fisheries of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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 .
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
"The Bonefish Wisperer "
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Gypsy Guide Service (fishing Boca Grande and the Everglades)
The Sarasota and Boca Grande Fly fishing Schools
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
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
A full time guide and an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor his website
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.
Aaron Adams, Ph.D
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.
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 .
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 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
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
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."