2016 Gulf Coast Council Fly Fair
will be held in Ocean Springs, MS
on Sept. 16th and 17th, 2016
2015 Gulf Coast Council Fly Fair Was Another Huge Success!
I would like to thank our show Chairs Jeff Deuschle & Marc Pinsel, as well as our Committee Chairs, the GCC's marvelous crew of Certified Casting Instructors, the great Demostration Tyers, and Program Presenters, as well as, The Eastern Shore Fly Fishers for their Saturday lunch, and John Engert, Bonnie and Albert Wood for working with me in the kitchen to prepare our Friday evening dinner.
The list of other Federators who worked so hard on this event is extensive, and each and every one was more important than most of you know, as were the Vendors who also make up such an integral part of our Fly Fair!
President - Gulf Coast Council
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 over600 photos 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 thirteen (13) 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 newsletters - 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 Louisiana, Mississippi, lower Alabama 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
Upcoming Gulf Coast Council's Club Events
Feb 20th: “30th Annual Acadiana Fly Rodders Conclave”. Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd, Lafayette, LA. 8:30am - 3:30 P.M. Free admission. (Map available via the "Calendar" Page link on the left of this page.)
The AFR Banquet will be held that evening Location: TBA Time: 5:30 pm – cocktails (cash bar), 6:30 pm banquet 7:00 P.M. dinner and fellowship Cost: TBA.
Mar 5th: “2016 Natchitoches Fishing Expo” hosted by Cane Country Fly Casters. Natchitoches Expo Center., Natchitoches, LA. 8:30am - 5:00 P.M. All about fly and light tackle fishing with over 40 vendors. Formore information see: www.redriverfishingexpo.com
Mar 12th: “25th Annual Red Stick Day” hosted by Red Stick Fly Fishers. A celebration of fly fishing, featuring various programs, exhibits, and demos. LDWF Waddill Outdoors Center, 4141 n. Flannery Rd. Baton Rouge, LA. 8:30am - 3:30 P.M. Free admission and refreshments with a nominal cost for lunch. Formore information see: http://rsff.blogspot.com/
The 28th Annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous
Friday Nov. 4th - Sunday Nov. 6th, 2016
The Gulf Coast Council 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 2013th 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
We are pleased to report that Jason Tilley, a graduate student at the GCRL working on his Ph.D. under Dr. Jim Franks, was awarded the IFFF's Robert J. Marrotte Scholarship Award - A cash grant given annualy by the IFFF to a deserving student in undergraduate or graduate biology or a similar field who is specializing in fishery management, cold water or warm waters, fresh water or salt. While this Award is from the IFFF and was announced at the IFFF Fly Fair in August in Bend Oregon, last Septemenber at the GCC Fly Fair's "Beakfast at the Lab." in September, the GCC also recognized Jason for this honor. Congratuations from the Council to Jason!
In the Spring of 2015, the Gulf Coast Council awarded a grant of $2,000 to the GCRL. This money represented 50% of the profits from our inaugural, 2014 GCC Fly Fair. In early 2016, Gulf Coast Council will be making another such award of 50% of the profits from the 2015 GCC Fly Fair to the Gulf Coast Research Lab. In order to continue to assist the Lab with their outstanding research/conservation work, the Gulf Coast Council plans to continue to make such annual wards to the GCRL.
The Gulf Coast Research Lab was the 2014 recipient of the IFFF Conservation Award. This is the Federation's highest honor for conservation and was presented to the GCRL for their 30+ years of research and work on restoring the Gulf Race Stripers. (See GCRL Striped Bass Restoration Program tab on the left)
To view the GCRL's 2014 IFFF Conservation Award nomination and to see the other National and Council Awards previously given to members of the GCC, click on "GCC-IFFF Awards" tab on the left...
Gulf Coast Council Authors
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.
A little over a year ago 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 children's book, Fly Fishing from A to Z.
Both authors regularly appear at the annual GCC Fly Fair in Ocean Springs and at various GCC club shows across the Council where they are available to sign a copy of their book for you. (See the Calendar link above.) Come to these shows and meet our authors!
Upcoming Casting Classes to be Held by Certified Casting Instructors (CI's/MCI's)
(This space is reserved for Certified Casting Instructors to annouce their upcooming Classes and Schools)
2016 dates: April 23, May 28, June 25, Sept. 24
Classes are held at "The Camp" facility in Breaux Bridge, featuring a stocked pond and an air-conditioned classroom. Price of $150 includes one full day of instruction, 8:00am to 5:00pm, lunch, refreshments, and handouts. Instructors are all FFF Certified Casting Instructors, Master CCIs and Casting Board Governors.
April 23 - Beginners - Learn what you need to be well on your way to practicing the skills necessary to begin fly fishing. Covered is equipment, leaders, knots, and much more, with a strong emphasis on casting. Instructors are FFF Master Certified.
May 28 - Advanced - This clinic starts off where the Introductory clinic left off. Learn to get more distance with more efficiency and learn specialty casts that will cover numerous fishing situations. Instructors are FFF Master Certified.
June 25 - Advanced / Instructor's Prep - If you are interested in further advancing your skill level with some techniques for getting more distance, handling the wind and more, this is the class for you. At the same time you will be exposed to the skills you need to become a casting instructor. This is a great review course to see if you are ready for the FFF's Certification exam.
For details, go to: www.thecampflyf
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