The Gulf Coast Council (GCC) is a regional entity of the Fly Fishers International (FFI). Since 1964, the "Federation" has been "the organized voice for fly fishers". We represent all aspects of fly fishing from the arts of casting and fly tying, to the protection of our diverse fisheries. The Fly Fishers International, and its Councils, are "the only organized advocates for fly fishing on an international, national and regional level". For over 50 years the Federation has been "conserving, restoring, educating - through fly fishing".
Founded in 2006, the Gulf Coast Council - FFI represents fourteen (14) charter and affliated IFFF clubs, as well as individual FFI members, in Louisiana, Mississippi, coastal Alabama and northwestern Florida.
With the country's greatest and most nutrient rich river and estuary system located in Louisiana and with the rich coastal rivers and estuaries of Mississippi, Alabama, and northwestern Florida, the GCC region is home to some of the greatest saltwater fishing in North America, in both brackish and blue waters. Louisiana alone contains over one-half of the saltwater marsh in the U.S., and the northern Gulf coast from the Sabine River to the waters east of Destin are home to the greatest number of red drum or "redfish" in the nation. Our region is also home to the nation's largest, spotted weakfish (speckled trout/spotted seatrout) fishery, as well as having some of the best offshore fisheries in the country located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, and the white, sandy beaches from Waveland, MS to east of Destin, FL are also home to spectacular wade fishing for many species, especially pompano!
GCC freshwater enthusiasts lay claim to fantastic, spotted and largemouth bass fisheries in the many sandy rivers and streams that run throughout Mississippi and in both southeaster and western Louisiana. The Red River and Delta areas have been home to a number of BASSMaster Classics; and Toledo Bend, Mississippi's Lake Okhissa and the South Alabama's Five Rivers Area are just few of the many regional reservoirs and natural estuaries that offer scenic areas for persuing big, largemouth bass. The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest, river-driven swamp system in the United States, and its rich nutrients are the basis of some of the best, wild areas to fish for large, "bull" bluegill and other panfish, while several lake and reservoirs in Mississippi and Louisiana are amongst the top-rated black and white crappie (i.e. white perch/sac-a-lait) waters in North America.
The pictures on this web site show over 50 species of fish that we regulary persue with a long rod and flies. With such great fly fishing opportunities, many anglers look to make the most of their experience on the waters of the Gulf Coast Council.
We encourage you to discover why catching fish "on the fly" in the Gulf Coast Council region is the quintessential outdoors experience!
It is the aim of the GCC to be an effective outreach organization in continuing the valued traditions of our sport. Any individual, family or non-profit organization can join the Gulf Coast Council by joining the Fly Fishers International.
For more on the FFI including membership information, check out the FFI website.
The Gulf Coast Council is about more than just promoting the sport of fly fishing. Our mission is to also promote conservation and restoration of fisheries within our region, through advocacy and funding of projects. The Federation and the Gulf Coast Council are 501(c)3 organizations, operated through our bylaws.
In recent years, the FFI, GCC and our members and clubs have supported reef building in Mobile Bay, fly rods and reels for eduction of scouts, and fisheries research at the University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
The GCC By Laws are available on line via this link.
GCC Fly Fairs
Since its origination, the GCC has sponsored eight (8) "Gulf Coast Council Expos/Fly Fairs". These shows have been some of the largest and best fly fishing events ever held our area of the South. Historically known to many as "conclaves", these weekend events have served as both fundraisers for our council and as educational vehicles for members and the public. GCC Fly Fairs offer programs, exhibitors, workshops, tying demos, great food, great fishing and much more!
The Council is planning our 2017 Fly Fair on the September, 15/16th at the Ocean Springs Civic Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi to bring our members, other flyfishers and future flyfishers together. Come and join us!
The 28th North Toledo Bend Rendezvous - Nov. 4-6th, 2016
The GCC, along with the Texas Council of the FFI, 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 fly fishing 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
GCC Charter and Affiliate Club Shows
The GCC also promotes events and activities of our member clubs. Click on our Home and Calendar pages to find out what's happening around the Council and surrounding regions.
FFI Code of Angling Ethics
1. Fly anglers understand and obey laws and regulations associated with the fishery.
2. Fly anglers believe fly fishing is a privilege and a responsibility.
3. Fly anglers conserve fisheries by limiting their catch.
4. Fly anglers do not judge fellow anglers and treat them as they would expect to be treated.
5. Fly anglers respect the waters occupied by other anglers so that fish are not disturbed.
6. When fishing from a watercraft, fly anglers do not crowd other anglers or craft or unnecessarily disturb the water.
7. Fly anglers respect other angling methods and promote this Code of Angling Ethics to all anglers.