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GCC - FFI Awards

The Gulf Coast Council (GCC) - FFI Awards Program began in 2008 (for 2007) with the presentation of various awards to recognize accomplishments by individuals and clubs for their efforts in conservation, education, outreach, and in other areas that promote the goals and ideals of our council and the FFI overall. 

Except for the GCC President’s Award, each is open to nomination from FFI members within the Council.   

Excellence Award  (Man of the Year) - Awarded to a man who has demonstrated unusual devotion to the sport of fly fishing, and through his devotion, has benefited the Gulf Coast Council, the FFI and/or his club.

Excellence Award (Woman of the Year) - Awarded to a woman who has demonstrated unusual devotion to the sport of fly fishing, and through her devotion, has benefitted the Gulf Coast Council, the FFI and/or her club.

Fly Tyer of the Year - Awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the art of fly tying, through any combination of innovation, enhancement of the art or education of others. 

Junior Fly Angler of the Year - Awarded to an individual 18 years of age or younger who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of our sport to his peers, or to his club or community, or the sport in general, either in the form of fly tying, casting, conservation, education or other achievements.

Education Award - Awarded to an individual or club that has made outstanding contributions to passing along the art of fly fishing to others, whether in the form of fly tying, casting, or any of the other fly fishing arts and sciences.

Conservation Award - Awarded to an individual or club that has made outstanding contributions to the conservation of our fisheries resources, either through projects or activism.

Community Award - Awarded to a club that has been very active outside its own membership, and as such, has made outstanding contributions to the community at large, through participation in external activities and/or with other organizations.  

Fellowship Award - Awarded to a club that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their membership through activities and gatherings, and effective communications such as newsletter and/or website. The GCC recognizes that fellowship is the seed for increasing membership in both clubs and the FFI.

Friend(s) of the Gulf Coast Council - An award or awards given to an individual, individuals, group or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the Gulf Coast Council in some way. Nominees must not be a member of the GCC and need not be a member of the FFI.

President's Award – Each year, the President of the Gulf Coast Council choses one or more recipients who are subsequently recognized nationally by the FFI for their outstanding contributions to the Council, to the FFI and the sport of fly fishing.  This award(s) are presented at the FFI's National Fly Fair.

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Award Name              Plaque  Description                     Honoree

 

Year:  2016 

Man of the Year                               Excellence Award                 Steve Oliver

Fly Tyer of the Year                           Fly Tyer of the Year             Ron Braud 

Education                                        Education Award                 Magnolia  Fly Fishers  

Club Community                              Community Award             Red Stick Fly Fishers 

Club Fellowship                           Fellowship Award           Fly Fishers of Northwest Florida  

Friend of the Council                    Friend(s) of the Council        Bill Heugel 

President’s Award                       Council Award of Excellence     Ron Foreman

 

Year:  2015 

Man of the Year                              Excellence Award                 Bill Waters

Woman of the Year                         Excellence Award                Beverly Vidrine

Fly Tyer of the Year                        Fly Tyer of the Year             Peter Allen 

Education                                      Education Award                  Joe Bandera

Education                                      Education Award                  Fly Fishers of NorthWest Florida 

Club Community                          Community Award             Mississippi Coast Fly Fishers 

Conservation                               Conservation Award             Eastern Shore Fly Fishers  

Club Fellowship                    Fellowship Award   Historic Ocean Springs Fly Fishers (HOSSFLY)    

Friend(s) of the Council               Friend(s) of the Council        Linda and Walter McLendon  

President’s Award(s)                     Council Award of Excellence     Ken Koffel and Jeff Deuschle  

 

Year:  2014 

Man of the Year                               Excellence Award                    Jeff Deuschle

Fly Tyer of the Year                           Fly Tyer of the Year                Fred Hannie 

Education                                        Education Award                   Eastern Shore Fly Fishers

Club Community                              Community Award                 Cane Country Fly Casters

Club Fellowship                                Fellowship Award                 Contraband Fly Casters     

President’s Award                            Council Award of Excellence     Leon Cuccia & Marc Pinsel  

 

Year:  2013

President’s Award                            Council Award of Excellence    Russell Husted

 

Year:  2012

President’s Award                            Council Award of Excellence     Syd Smith

 

Year:  2011

President’s Award                            Council Award of Excellence    Ned Lund    

Year:  2010

Man of the Year                              Excellence Award                    Jay Forrest & Todd Fleming                                        

Fly Tyer of the Year                          Fly Tyer of the Year                Bill Heugal               

President’s Award                            Council Award of Excellence    Brooks Boudin           

 

Year:  2009

 

Man of the Year                             Excellence Award                     Marc Pinsel  

Woman of the Year                        Excellence Award                    Carolyn Dunn         

Fly Tyer of the Year                         Fly Tyer of the Year                 Diane and Richard Blair

Friend of the Council                       Friend of the Council               Bob Clemensen      

President’s Award                          Council Award of Excellence     L.F. “Buzzy” Burns   

 

Year:  2008

Man of the Year                         Excellence Award                         Sydney Smith

Woman of the Year                    Excellence Award                         Mary Rohrer

Fly Tyer of the Year                     Fly Tyer of the Year                    Carolyn Dunn

Education                                  Education Award                          Jack Lehman

Conservation                              Conservation Award                     Hill Country Fly Fishers

Club Community                         Community Award                       Red Stick Fly Fishers

Club Fellowship                           Fellowship Award                        Texas Fly Fishers

Friend of the Council                    Friend of the Council                   Rick Pope

President’s Award                        Council Award of Excellence         Marc Delaney 

 

Year:  2007

Man of the Year                         Excellence Award                        Bill Heugel

Woman of the Year                    Excellence Award                        Stacy  Trimble

Fly Tyer of the Year                    Fly Tyer of the Year                     Dirk Burton

Education                                  Education Award                         John Jackman 

Conservation                              Conservation Award                    Dr. Guy Harrison

Club Community                         Community Award                       San Gabriel Fly Fishers

Club Fellowship                           Fellowship Award                       Destin Fly Fishers

Friend of the Council                    Friend of the Council                   Cary Marcus

President’s Award                        Council Award of Excellence         Ron Begnaud

 

 

 

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  Fly Fishers International Awards Given to Members of the Gulf Coast Council

The following individuals and clubs in Gulf Coast Council have been recognized at the national level by the Fly Fishers International.

Guy Harrison - Dr. James Henshall Warmwater Fisheries Award  - 2007 

Dr. James Henshall Warmwater Fisheries Award – An award presented to an individual contributing to warmwater fly fishing and fisheries in memory of Dr. James A. Henshall, 19th century author and early advocate for bass as a gamefish.

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Tom Jindra - The Order of the Lapis Lazuli Award - 2011

The Order of the Lapis Lazuli Award - The ultimate award of the Fly Fishers Inernational. Thus, the consideration for individual achievement is extremely strict.  Services and contribution to the FFI must be prominent and extraordinary, and above all, they must be long term (at least 8 years). 

This award is the ultimate award of the FFI. Thus, the consideration for individual achievement must be extremely strict. Services and contributions to the FFI must be prominent and extraordinary, and, above all, they must be long term. They must be significantly above the criteria that would merit consideration for any other award. 

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Acadiana Fly Rodders - McKenzie Cup - 2012

McKenzie Cup – A rotating award, given annually to that FFI Club which has made an outstanding contribution on behalf of the FFI.

  

Robert Tabbert - FFI Conservation Award - 2012 and the Don Harger Memorial Life Award - 2012

Conservation Award -  An award or awards, to an individual, group or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries resources.  

Don Harger Memorial Life Award - This award is to be given each year to an individual (or in his memory to a family member) who is actively engaged in, or has been actively engaged in, or is closely related to, some aspect or area of fly fishing, either as a vocation or avocation 

The University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Research Laboratory - FFI Conservation Award - 2014

FFI Conservation Award - An award or awards, to an individual, group or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries resources. 

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Marc Pinsel - Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award - 2014

Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award - Charles E. Brooks was a unique individual. He wrote books, invented new fly patterns, spoke at banquets and seminars, was a true student of nature, and was a character.

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Bill Heugal - Dick Nelson Fly Tying Teaching Award - 2014

Dick Nelson Fly Tying Teaching Award – An award presented to an individual who excels in teaching the art of fly tying to tiers at all skill levels.

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Kyle Moppert - FFI Council President Leadership  Award - 2014 and FFI Federator of the Year - 2016

FFI Council President Leadership Award - Given to a Council President whose accomplishments over the course of the past year were exceptional and reflect the ideals of the organization. 2014 was the first time that this award seleted.

FEDERATOR of the YEAR 

An award presented annually to that individual or director who has demonstrated unusual devotion to the FFI and through outstanding contributions has benefited the FFI as a National organization or international organization.
  • A minimum of five years membership and service to the FFI is required. 
  • Service should be voluntary. Time as a paid employee of the FFI should be given little consideration.
  • The individual should not have previously won this award. 
  • This award should be for achievements that are FFI - wide in scope - as opposed to regional or local.
  • Continuing service is of prime importance. Therefore, considerations generally should be weighed 70% for cumulative service and 30% for achievements in the past year.
  • Devotion and contributions to the FFI should be consistent with FFI objectives, and be superior to those of other candidates.