4th Annual GULF COAST FLY FISHING FAIR

Sept. 15/16, 2017

Ocean Springs Civic Center - 3730 Bienville Blvd.

 The Public is Invited to the Largest Fly Fishing

Show in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi & the

Florida Panhandle

Hosted by the Gulf Coast Council - Fly Fishers International

FREE ADMISSION, TYING DEMONSTRATIONS & CLASSES

FREE CASTING LESSONS from the Gulf South’s Top Casting Instructors

FREE PROGRAMS on fly fishing for local species, patterns and areas                                     

BRING THE KIDS!  FREE LESSONS for the Entire Family to learn to Fly Fish!

BOY & GIRL SCOUTS are Welcome!  Work on the BSA Fly Fishing Merit Badge!

  AUCTIONS AND RAFFLES for Fly Rods, Reels, Equipment and Artwork

50% of Proceeds Donated to: The USM - Gulf Coast Research Lab

More information, classes and schedules coming soon!  

To volunteer and help us to continue to put on such great shows, please contact:  Mike Jackson, GCC President: 504-337-6757 / mikej3865@gmail.com

 

  
Welcome to the Gulf Coast Council
Fly Fishers International
 
On April 1st, 2017 the International Federation of Fly Fishers
 
changed names to the Fly Fishers International. For a full
 
explination for this change please read the article at:            
 
 IFFF Changes Name to FFI 
 
 
In the coming weeks, the GCC will change the artwork and logos on this site to reflect these changes. 

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The Gulf Coast Council - Fly Fishers International (GCC-FFI), is a  regional entity of the FFI, 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 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 fourteen (14) clubs across the Gulf Coast Council whom we call "Federators".  We are the "Federation" and for over 50 years the FFI 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 Fly Fishers International. 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 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 GCC Club Events 

The Contraband Fly Casters  - Annual  Fly Fishing Expo

Saturday August 19, 2017 

VFW Post 7321, 2668 Hwy 171 N, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70611

The event will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 4:00 PM. It will be a great opportunity to make new friendships as well as renew old ones. There will be things to do, things to see and great food to enjoy.

Come see us and have a great day.

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The Gulf Coast Council and the Texas Council of the FFI, annually co-sponsor the "North Toledo Bend Rendezvous"

Nov. 3 - 5th, 2017 

Held the first weekend of November at North Toledo Bend State Park near Zwolle, LA, this will be the 29th Rendezvous (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

 


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 Upcoming FFI Events


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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. 

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

Both authors regularly appear at the annual GCC Fly Fair in Ocean Springs and at various GCC club shows across the Council and country 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)

Note:  This space is reserved for Certified Casting Instructors to annouce their upcoming Classes and Schools.  Any CI or MCI in the GCC may request posting for their upcoming classes / events by contacting Kyle Moppert at:  Bowfin47@gmail.com