Saturday, August 23, 2014
Fly Fishing Florida - IFFF Florida Council - Education

The Programs:

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
Jim Teeny
Renzetti Corp.

Many 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, Tom Gadacz.

Florida Council IFFF Establishes Youth Award

At 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 and applications are obtained through Frank Johnson at Application deadline is usually March 31. Funding is available for the 2015 camp session.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) 2014 at Bradenton Yacht Club

May 2014
The Annual 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 redfish.

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.

Tom Gadacz and Larry Lurie 


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