Fly Fishing Florida - IFFF Florida Council - Education
The Florida Council of the International
Federation of Fly Fishers is dedicated to conservation, education
and restoration of the environment for all fish in all waters.
Special events such as casting clinics and fly tying workshops are
held for the education and enjoyment of fly fishers. Local club meetings
often offer access to great speakers and programs.
Many thanks to Temple Fork Outfitters for providing rods and reels
for the casting clinics, the Renzetti Corp. for providing all the
vices and tools for fly tying sessions and Jim Teeny for providing
his excellent fly lines.
These are sponsors who have committed
to supplying equipment for council programs.
Temple Fork Outfitters
of our clubs work with organizations within their communities
to provide an educational experience for others.
The following articles were written by our Council President,
Council IFFF Establishes Youth Award
the March 8, 2014 FL Council IFFF Board meeting, the Council established
the Florida Council IFFF "Skip Mackey" Youth Award for
a Florida youth interested in fly fishing. Mackey, who passed
away in November 2013, was "The Voice of NASA". He was an avid
fisherman and championed teaching kids to fish. The youth must
be accepted into the Bighorn Youth Fly Fishing Camp in Fort Smith,
Montana. Youths 14 to 18 years of age are eligible. Twelve youths
are selected to attend. The Florida Council Award will help fund
transportation costs to the Camp. The Bighorn River Alliance provides
funding for the camp experience. Information is available at www.bighornriveralliance.org
and applications are obtained through Frank Johnson at email@example.com.
Application deadline is usually March 31. Funding is available
for the 2015 camp session.
Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) 2014 at Bradenton Yacht Club
Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament and the Bradenton Yacht
Club hosted the third annual PHWFF event on May 17, 2014 which
provided some 30 veterans a day of fly fishing on the water.
Hell's Bay Boatworks and other Florida captains and guides provided
the transportation for the veterans and local PWHFF at regional
Veterans Administration facilities provided volunteers. Larry
Lurie, regional PHWFF director, organized the day's event from
the 14 programs in the region. Members of the Mangrove Coast
Fly Fishers, the Mid Coast Fly fishers, the Suncoast Fly Fishers,
and the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club supported the event with
many volunteers and boats.
After a brief orientation the captains,volunteers and veterans
headed out to fish the Manatee River and Terra Ceia Bay for
4 to 5 hours. Despite the brisk wind, many veterans had that
fly line out 30 and 40 feet. A few of the veterans are also
in the process of building their own fly rod in several of the
VA programs. Several large snook and trout were caught and released.
Other species included flounder, mackerel, sheep heads, and
The veterans returned to have lunch and exchanged their experiences.
It was amazing on how the size of the fish grew with each iteration
of the telling. The veterans were honored with a presentation
of arms, a few speeches celebrating Armed Services Day, and
a silent auction. Bay News 9 and Manatee Educational Television
covered the event.
We appreciate all who volunteered their time and boats to honor
our veterans and especially grateful to all the veterans who
have served our country. A salute on this Armed Services Day
to all veterans all over the world! You are the individuals
who we honor.
and Larry Lurie
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