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Latest Update! (8/28/15)

For the latest information about the GCC Fly Fair, please go to the Gulf Coast Council 2015 Fly Fair Blog (draft).  There you will find the Program of Events - General Events, Indoor Presentations and Classes - Casting Programs and Events: Casting Classes, Casting Demo's, Casting Instructor Class and  Individual Casting Instruction; Maps and Accomodation Infromation

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Registration Information and Web Site willl be posted this evening!

2015 Gulf Coast Council Fly Fair

September 18/19, 2015

Ocean Springs Civic Center

3720 Bienville Blvd.

Ocean Springs, MS

Friday – Vendor Set Up and Specialty Classes (Remember that all Fly Fair classes and instruction are FREE!)

Friday Evening – Casual Dinner at the Beach (Ocean Springs Yatch Club - 100 Front Beach Drive), award presentations, drinks, and auctions (A Guaranteed Good Time!)

Saturday – Breakfast at the Lab (Gulf Coast Research Lab), Programs, Tying, Casting, Auctions and Raffles

All of our traditional programs and activities will be at the DCivic Center again this year, but we have a few timely updates for our Fly Fishing Fair.

Room Arrangements

We have worked hard to keep your cost to an absolute minimum and have arranged two optitions for your accommodations: 

For Federators Dormitory suites (single beds or bunks with common bath) are available at the Gulf Coast Research Lab and similar to last year's rate:  $15/double and $22/single.  In order to reserve your bed, you must contact Gregg Cedotal: 225-622-6385 (h), 225-229-8861 (c), gdced@eatel.net

The Holiday Inn Express, Ocean Springs is again this years graciously offering hotel rooms to all Fly Fair participants a Group Rate of just $77/night. For your reservation, please contact the Holiday Inn Express, Ocean Springs directly at: 228-872-7255.

IFFF Bronze Tying Skills Program Class – This class(s) is to enable experienced tyers to better partipate in the IFFF Fly Tying Group's Tying Skills Program. (See the IFFF website for program details: http://fedflyfishers.org/Tying/FlyTyingSkillsAwardsProgram/tabid/610/Default.aspx )This will be only the second time that such a class will have been offered anywhere in the country!  Schedualed for Friday afternoon, first come, first served, with a possible overflow session on Saturday. For more details contact Fred at:  Hannief@bellsouth.net

Casting Champion – Jay Clark (Certified Master Casting Instructor / Two Handed Casting Instructor) will join us again! A huge hit last year, you have got to see Jay cast!

Certified Casting Instructors - FREE Casting Lessons and Classes will again be offered by the GCC's cadre of amazing Certified Casting Instructors.  This show is your chance to receive FREE lessons from some of the best instructors in the South!

TFO Booth Temple Fork Outfitters will participate as a vendor this year. All their newest gear should be available for your inspection, and we thank TFO for all the support they lend to the GCC and to fly fishing.

Volunteers and Donations Needed:  All our clubs and members are please requested to volunteer at the Fly Fair and to make a donation to our auctions and raffles. Some new /used tackle, a box of flies, equipment/books or just about anything will help us fund the great programs that we sponsor all year. To volunteer some time at the show and/or to donate, please contact Jeff, Kyle or Marc (See below)

It's going to be another great Fly Fair. We hope to see you there!

Contact:

 Jeff Deuschle:  jeffcatfarms1@att.net

Kyle Moppert:  Bowfin47@gmaiol.com

Marc Pinsel:  MarcPinsel@gmail.com

  
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2015 Gulf Coast Council Fly Fair

September 18/19, 2015

Ocean Springs Civic Center

3720 Bienville Blvd.

Ocean Springs, MS


      FREE ADMISSION - FREE TYING DEMONSTRATIONS - FREE CASTING LESSONS - FREE CLASSES


Auctions & Raffles for rods, reels, equipment, guided trips and artwork, with 50% of the proceeds to be donated to the USM - Gulf Coast Research Lab's Conservation / Research programs

If you have ever thought about learning to fly fish in Salt Water, Warm Water or Cold Water, or improving your skills, then this is your opportunity to learn from many of the best instructors in the country!

Programs on fly fishing specific areas and species

One of the best casting faculties in the country
with Certified and Master Casting Instructors from across the South

Fly Tying Demonstrations by many of the best fly tyers in six states

More information and schedules soon...
  

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Welcome to the Gulf Coast Council - International Federation of Fly Fishers

Check out the latest issue our newsletter the Gulf Streamer

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The International Federation of Fly Fishers - Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC), is a  regional entity of the IFFF, representing clubs and members in Louisiana, Mississippi, coastal Alabama and northwestern Florida.

Please use the page links listed on the left this site and you will see over 600 pictures that will tell you more of who we are, a bit of what we do, and the fish that we catch using long rods, feathers and fur. You'll quickly notice that these photographs show a large variety of habitats, along with over 50 species of the fresh and saltwater fish that we regulary take with flies!

Actually, these pictures represent a only a very small part of those individuals in the twelve (12) clubs across the Gulf Coast Council whom we call "Federators".  We are the "Federation" and for over 50 years the Federation has been the "Voice of Fly Fishing though Education and Conservation".  We hope that you'll want to join with us!

Our home page is designed to be constantly changing with the updated posting of upcoming events and articles designed to be of value to all fly fishers, and especially to our members in the Federation. Therefore, this site should remain interesting each time you visit. 

Click on the "About Us" page to learn more about who we are and our mission; the Gulf Streamer brings you our latest newsletter - one of the best in the country; our "Calendar" page shows what's happening around the Council and beyond; "Clubs" gives a list of GCC Charter and Affiliated Clubs (and links to their websites); and the other links convey timely and positive information about how we accomplish our mission of supporting fly fishing in lower Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and western Florida.  

We believe that all these links are also worth your time to view, if only for the marvelous photographs.  Most likey you will see a least a few folks that you already know!

To find the most current information about the Gulf Coast Council, please link to our Facebook Page:  Facebook - Gulf Coast Council 

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                 Upcoming Gulf Coast Council's Club Events

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“11th Annual Contraband Fly Fishing Expo”

August 22nd, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

PPG - Porter Hall, 2250 Prater Road, Westlake, LA

 Open to the public!  Free admission!

Each year the Contraband Fly Casters hold this EXPO in order to introduce the folks in Lake Charles, SouthWestern La, and S.E. Texas to the pleasures of fly fishing.

There will be Fly Tying Demo.s by many of the best regional tyers; Casting Demo.s and free lessons by IFFF Certified Casting Instructors; Fly and Lure Exhibits; Equipment Displays; Auctions/Raffles for flies, art work and flyfishing equipment; Food and Refreshments; and much more!

This is your chance to attend one of Louisian's best fly fishing and tying instructional ventues and receive free tying and casting lessons. Our renown tyers and casting instructors come from across Louisiana and east Texas!

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly fish for specks and reds; bass, bream and sacalait; or head north and experience fly fishing in rivers and streams for rainbows and brown trout?  Well, this is your opportunity to learn tying, casting, equipment, rigging, flyfishing techniques, locations and much much more from many of the the best fly fishermen in the region, all at No Charge - Free! 

Bring the kids. Boy (and Girl) Scouts welcome... Our intructors will work with your scouts on their Fly Fishing Merit Badge. (Be sure that your scouts bring their signed blue cards!) 

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in August! 

Oh, and be prepared to have a good time, as we do this because we always have great time!  Come out early and join us for the day!

For more details, go to www.contrabandflycasters.net or contact Warren Landry (337) 853-7755.

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Another Date to Save!  

The 27th Annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous 

Friday Oct. 30th - Sunday Nov. 1st, 2015

The GCC and the Texas Council of the IFFF, annually co-sponsor the "North Toledo Bend Rendezvous"

Held the first weekend of November at North Toledo Bend State Park near Zwolle, LA, the 2013 Rendezvous was the 25th anniversity (since 1989) of this gathering of fly tyers representing Federation clubs from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond. 

With no planned activities, but plenty of fly tying, food, fly casting instruction and fly fishing, and with only a minimal fee to cover lodging and meals, the North Toledo Bend Rendezvous remains one of the top tying events held each year in the U.S.A.   http://pages.suddenlink.net/w/Rendez/indexR.html

If you have never attended the North Toledo Bend Rendezvous or haven't been in a while, your are hereby invited to attend... Hey, we haven't gathered on the shores of Toledo Bend and thrown this party for 27 years for nothing!!!  We have a great time.

Rendezvous is your chance to sit down and tie flies with some of the very best tyers in the Deep South! No matter if you are a beginner to tying or a master of this craft, you will learn a lot (or at least have fun tying with your friends &/or teaching others).


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The GCC continues to grow!  

 The GCC Welcomes the Fly Fishers of Northwest Florida! 

In February, 2015 the Fly Fishers of Northwest Florida moved their affiliation to the Gulf Coast Council!  Many of their members attended the 2014 GCC Fly Fair, and it was soon apparent to Federators and the Federation Councils that the FFNWF was a natural fit for the Gulf Coast Council.  

The FFNWF is a well established club with a tremendous amount of knowledge and great folks, who will be a great asset to this council, and the GCC is extremely pleased to welcome them into the GCC!   


                     Upcoming Federation Events 

  
 
 

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USM Gulf Research Laboratory Receives the 2014 IFFF Conservation Award!

We are pleased to report that the Gulf Coast Research Lab was the 2014 recipient of the IFFF Conservation Award.  To view their nomination and to see the other National and Council Awards given in 2014, click on "GCC -IFFF Awards" tab on the left...

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Gulf Coast Council Authors

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Two of our GCC members have recently published books dealing with fly fishing:

Nationally renown, realistic fly tyer, Fred Hannie, Sr. has authored Tying with Monofilament, an excellent introduction and treatise on realistic tying.

Last summer at the IFFF Fly Fair in Livingston, MT, one of Louisiana's "first ladies of fly fishing" and childrens book author, Beverly Vidrine, introduced her wonderfully written and illustrated childrens book, Fly Fishing from A to Z.

Both authors should be available to sign a copy of their book for you at both the Countaband Fly Caster's EXPO on August 22nd and at the GCC Fly Fair on Sept. 18/19. Come to these shows and meet our authors!



Upcoming Casting Classes to be Held by Certified Casting Instructors (CI's)

This space is reserved for Certified Casting Instructors to annouce their upcooming Classes and Schools:

Tom Jindra will hold a fly-casting class  from 9 a.m. until noon in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 10.

This three-hour class is aimed at an introductory level, though intermediate casters who want to refine their skills can also benefit. The class will include the standard overhead cast, the off-shoulder overhead cast, shooting and the double-haul. Other techniques will be covered as time allows.

Cost is $50 per person, with room for a minimum of three students and a maximum of six - Equipment can be supplied on request.


To sign up, contact Tom:  tomjindra@cox.net / 504-392-7511.

Personal lessons are available on request.



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