Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Become an IFFF Charter Club

A Charter Club is one in which all club members join as individual members of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. At this time, both established clubs and brand new clubs can join under this club category. This is the only club category available to new clubs.


  1. No annual club dues are collected from our Charter Clubs and they fall under the IFFF's 501(c) (3) status.
  2. IFFF National files group tax returns for all Charter Clubs.
  3. Eligible for the IFFF Liability Insurance program at a significantly reduced premium.
  4. Club rod incentive program, the more members you recruit the more rods you can receive.
  5. Legal advice from an experienced non-profit attorney.

Why Be a Charter Club of the IFFF (PDF)


  1. All club members join the IFFF or are already IFFF members.
  2. Provide your club roster and list of new officers annually to IFFF Headquarters.
  3. Provide financial statements to enable the IFFF to incorporate the information on to their group Federal tax return.

Incentive Program

Affiliate clubs that wish to change to Charter Club status can take advantage of a new program that was approved by the Board of Directors in August 2011.  The program provides a discounted rate for IFFF membership for the first 2 years.  The discount is only offered to current members of the club who are not currently IFFF members.  The discount is not extended to the club's current IFFF members or to new members of the club who join after the club reaches Charter club status.  The first year rate for the IFFF membership is $20.00 and the second year IFFF membership is $30.00. 

Clubs wishing to take advantage of this membership program should contact the IFFF office at 406-222-9369 or

How to Establish a Club

Many people want to know how to start a club in an area.  The document below will provide some ideas on how to determine the level of interest by potential members and ideas on how spread the word about a new club in the area.

Guidelines and Ideas for Establishing A New Club (PDF)


The materials addressing the creation of a International Federation of Fly Fishers Charter Club can be found in the PDF file below. All the documents contained in the file can be provided in a Word format for easy editing.  Please contact the office at 406-222-9369 to send an e-mail to to submit a request.  You must have Acrobat Reader to view the file. Click here to download the free Acrobat Reader program.

Charter Club Procedures (PDF updated January 2014)


Suncoast Fly Fishers
Prez Sez  February, 2012

What Does the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Do for Suncoast Fly Fishers?

   Suncoast is a charter member of the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF).  Why are we a charter member?  As a charter member we have responsibilities and advantages.  The responsibilities include every member becoming a member of FFF and maintaining that membership.  If anyone has not renewed their membership, please do so.  You can check on the status of your membership by e-mailing FFF at  We must also send in an annual report to FFF on our activities and financial status.

501(c)(3) and INCOME TAX FILING

   Some of the advantages of being charter member include an umbrella tax exempt status and FFF files our report to the IRS based on our annual report. 


  Each member also receives FFF's magazine the Flyfisher and Fly Fishers E-News.  Several articles from our newsletter, “On the Fly” have appeared in Fly Fishers E-News.  Each new member also receives a FFF emblem.  Check out the FFF web site for information on casting certification, and other resources at  At this web site you can also renew your membership and sign up for Fly Fishers E-News.


   Through FFF we have liability insurance custom tailored for fly fishing clubs. Their program provides coverage for commercial general liability, directors’ and officer’s liability, excess liability, incidental property coverage, and coverage at an event.  The cost to obtain coverage thru the FFF is a fraction of what it would cost to obtain similar stand alone coverage. The current premium for a Charter Club is $260 per year.


   FFF has the only certified fly casting instructors’ program.  This is a very rigorous program to grant certification to those members who meet high standards of casting and teaching ability.  It is an asset to our club to have three certified casting instructors – Pat Damico (certified master casting instructor), Chris O’Byrne and Dayle Mazzarella.  We have two casting clinics each year led by Pat.  We all know how much he has helped us improve our casting abilities.


   For every 12 new members SFF is eligible to receive from FFF a Lefty Kreh TFO fly rod.  This has been a great asset to our club and many of our club rods were acquired through this program.


   These are just a few of the benefits.  FFF has an annual meeting with members from all over the world presenting programs and fly tying and casting sessions.  Several of us attended last year and had a great time.  The meeting for 2012 is July 10-14 in Spokane, Washington.  Our Florida Council of FFF also has its 2012 Expo meeting in Kissimmee the third weekend in October.  See for upcoming information.

   SFF is a charter member of FFF and we feel very fortunate to be part of an international organization that fosters the art of fly fishing, education and conservation and provides high standards and great resources.

Thomas Gadacz
Suncoast Fly Fishers


If you have any questions, contact Jim Schramm - FFF Legal Counsel

After you have completed the paperwork please mail to:

FFF Headquarters
5237 US Highway 89 S, Suite 11
Livingston, MT 59047

406-222-9369 (Office)

406-222-5823 (Fax)

Copies will then be forwarded to FFF Legal Counsel for approval by the FFF Board.

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