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Gulf Coast FLY FAIR

Sept. 12/13, 2014

   Ocean Springs Civic Center 

3730 Bienville Blvd.

Sponsored by

The Gulf Coast Council 
International Federation of Fly Fishers



Auctions & Raffles for rods, reels, equipment and artwork with 50% of the proceeds donated to the USM - Gulf Coast Research Lab

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 – FOR FREE!

Programs on tarpon, stripers, redfish, speckled trout, how fish see, and much, much more...

Casting Instructors include:

Head of IFFF Casting Board of Governors

4 Master Casting Instructors

5+ Certified Casting Instructors

Fly Shops from three states

                  Outdoors Vendors                 

Fly Tying Demonstrations by many of the best fly tiers in 5 states      

Programs for Scouts

More information, classes and schedules coming soon go to:


Welcome to the International Federation of Fly Fishers - Gulf Coast Council. Check out the latest issue of our newsletter, the Gulf Streamer

Welcome to the International Federation of Fly Fishers - Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC), a  regional entity of the IFFF (the Federation), representing clubs and members in Louisiana, Mississippi and coastal Alabama.  As you peruse this site (and please do go through the pages listed on the left), you will see many pictures that will tell you more of who we are, 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 45+ species of 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 eleven 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.  

We believe that all these links are also worth your time to view, if only for the marvelous photographs!

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


                    Upcoming GCC Club Events


                     Upcoming Federation Events

This year’s Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair ought to hook

you good! Pre-registration Aug. 15-Sept. 15

Mountain music, fly tying, spectacular speakers, informative classes, a wide variety of vendors, raffles, auctions, food and good friends. Don’t miss a free chance to win a Sage rod valued at $775!!! Meet author Jason Randall. See fly patterns by Michael Schmidt. Hear adventure stories from Chad Johnson and others. Tie with Davy Wotten. As always casting instructors and guides, both male and female, are sharing throughout the weekend. There are programs and activities for the whole family. Check out the VIP package and make your reservation to join us in beautiful Mountain Home Arkansas, October 3-5.  
Camile “Pepper” Wyllia
SOC IFFF VP Membership


USM Gulf Research Laboratory and HOSSFLY make Tide magazine

We are pleased to report that the cover article for CCA's national "TIDE" magazine is all about Jim Frank's Tarpon Research at the Ocean Springs USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. HOSSFLY is prominently mentioned early in the article as a research grant contributor. The magazine does not seem to appear online anywhere, only in print, but I imagine that many of you are probably members/subscribers.

The Loop is the newsletter of the FFF Casting Instructor Certification Program.  A quarterly publication, it is a forum to educate, inform, highlight and share the talents of our members.

Broader Distribution for The Loop


The Winter 2013 issue of The Loop (and subsequent issues for one year) will be made available to all IFFF members. In the past The Loop, a journal of fly casting education published by the Casting Instructor Certification Program, was available only to CICP members.  However, in response to requests from The Loop editorial Staff, Dr. Soon Lee, David Lambert, and John Billota, the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) has expanded distribution of the journal. 


Dr.  Lee, previously the editor of The Loop (now a member of the IFFF Board of Directors), pointed out that expanding the distribution of The Loop demonstrated an attitude of generosity that was especially fitting for our organization. Eric Cook, a new member of the CBOG and The Loop's new editorial director, approved the change in distribution enthusiastically.


The Loop is published and accessed electronically, and 70 Issues of The Loop can be downloaded from the IFFF website:

The Loop started as a printed, mailed newsletter and continued as such for several years.  It is now in e-publication. All available issues of the Loop are currently posted on this site.  They are in PDF format and can be downloaded to your computer.

All IFFF members will receive notice by email that the new issue is available for them.

For correspondence or submission of articles, direct e-mail to the Editor at

Casting Events and Schools coming up in the GCC

Tom Jindra, MCI, has scheduled another round of fly-casting classes in August, and he still has some slots available.

INTRODUCTORY CLASS: The first session will be an introductory class in New Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. until noon. They will begin with the roll cast and off-shoulder roll cast, then progress to the standard overhead cast and the off-shoulder overhead cast. Proper line-handling and shooting will also be taught.

Tom recommends this class for beginners and for intermediates who want to refine their skills. Cost is $50 per person, with room for a minimum of three students and a maximum of six.

INTERMEDIATES CLASS: The second session will be an intermediate class in New Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. until noon. They will begin with a review of the roll cast and standard overhead cast before teaching the double-haul and techniques for coping with the wind. Additional techniques will be covered as time permits.

Cost is $50 per person, with room for a minimum of three students and a maximum of six.

To sign up for either session, drop Tom an email ( or give him a phone call (504-392-7511)

Note: The GCC utilizes this space to announce upcoming casting events, both by clubs and by GCC member Certified Casting Instructors (See: "Certified Casting Instructors - GCC" above in the left hand column.) Any GCC Charter or Affiliated club representative, CI, MCI or THCI in good standing with the Council and the Federation who wishes to have a notice posted on this location, please contact:  Kyle Moppert:
                   Friends and Supporters of the GCC
The Gulf Coast Council would like to thank Temple Fork Outfitters, its owner, management and staff for their years of generous support of  educational outreach programs and GCC EXPO's/Fly Fairs, as well as our Charter and Affiliate clubs.                                                                                                        
Currently, the GCC has three (3) IFFF - Retail Level Members: 
    Spencer Johnson's Church Mouse Fly Shop in Fairehope, Alabama. Website:  The Church Mouse
    Luke McCoy's On the Vise web site, New Orleans, LA is a GCC based fly tying website: On the Vise
    Beverly Vidrine, Lafayette, LA, is an author of children's books, long time supporter of the Federation and a marvelous lady. Her fly fishing themed children's book will be released in the Summer of 2014.  We all wish her great success!
The GCC would like to thank these folks for their support of the GCC and the Federation.
 GCC Charter and Affiliate Clubs

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