GCC - IFFF Awards
The Gulf Coast Council (GCC) - IFFF 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 IFFF overall.
Except for the GCC President’s Award, each is open to nomination from IFFF 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 IFFF 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 IFFF, 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 IFFF.
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 IFFF.
President's Award – Each year, the President of the Gulf Coast Council choses one or more recipients who are subsequently recognized nationally by the IFFF for their outstanding contributions to the Council, to the Federation and the sport of fly fishing. This award(s) are presented at the IFFF's National Fly Fair.
Award Name Plaque Description Honoree
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
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
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
President’s Award Council Award of Excellence Russell Husted
President’s Award Council Award of Excellence Syd Smith
President’s Award Council Award of Excellence Ned Lund
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
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
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
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
International Federation Of Fly Fishers 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 International Federation Of Fly Fishers.
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.
Tom Jindra - The Order of the Lapis Lazuli Award - 2011
The Order of the Lapis Lazuli Award - The ultimate award of the Federation. Thus, the consideration for individual achievement is extremely strict. Services and contribution to the Federation 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 Federation. Thus, the consideration for individual achievement must be extremely strict. Services and contributions to the Federation 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.
Acadiana Fly Rodders -
– A rotating award, given annually to that IFFF Club which has made an outstanding contribution on behalf of the IFFF.
Robert Tabbert - IFFF 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.
The University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Research Laboratory - IFFF Conservation Award - 2014
IFFF Conservation Award - An award or awards, to an individual, group or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries resources. (See Nomination Form below)
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.
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.
Kyle Moppert - IFFF Council President Leadership Award - 2014 and IFFF Federator of the Year - 2016
IFFF Council President Leadership Award - Given to a Council Presidet 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 IFFF and through outstanding contributions has benefited the Federation as a National organization or international organization.
The following is an example of a nomination to the IFFF:
International Federation of Fly Fishers Award Nomination Form
Award: CONSERVATION AWARD
The University of Southern Mississippi
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Dr. Eric N. Powell, Director
Larry C. Nicholson, GCRL
Center for Fisheries Research & Development Anadromous Fish Project LeaderEmails: Eric.N.Powell@usm.edu firstname.lastname@example.org
We nominate The University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) for the Federation’s Conservation Award. The Gulf Coast Research Lab is more than deserving of recognition by the Federation for their forty plus years of diligently working to restore Striped Bass along the Gulf Coast and their contributions to basic science and knowledge of Striped Bass everywhere.
The marine research programs at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory are multidisciplinary and applications-oriented. Programs include: Marine Biodiversity; Marine Ecology; Marine Biodiversity; Landscape Ecology; Marine Education; Fisheries Ecology; Marine Microbial Ecology; Marine Pathology; Parasitology; Marine Toxicology, including Oil, Dispersants, and Food Webs; but it is their Marine Aquaculture program that is devoted to developing technologies for environmentally sustainable approaches to marine aquaculture and marine stock enhancement, including cobia, shrimp, red snapper, spotted sea trout, and specifically their Striped Bass Restoration Program which is of reference for this award.
Striped Bass: Restoring a Vanishing Breed
Once common to coastal rivers and estuaries of the northern Gulf of Mexico, striped bass declined and nearly vanished in the 1960s. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory began turning that decline around in 1967 with a program focused on restoring striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in coastal waters along the Mississippi coast.
Restoration Project and Study
- The GCRL, in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, raised and released more than 14 million striped bass in Mississippi coastal rivers.
- Hundreds of tagged striped bass have been recaptured and reported.
- The project supported the development of a small, viable Mississippi coastal sport fishery for the species prized for its size, fight, and taste.
- Any stripers caught in Mississippi coastal rivers and adjacent waters from the late 60s to the present day came from the GCRL project.
- Sport fishers were instrumental in providing data on the health, growth and catch location of released fish.
- Scientific advances were made in understanding the spawning, culture and life history.
- Equipment and techniques for use in rearing and releasing healthy striped bass were developed through the project and remain in use in other coastal states.
- Broodstock were maintained for up to 16 years.
In November, 2013, the Lyman Fish Hatchery began tagging and release of approximately 20,000 phase II striped bass (~6" in length). At last count, GCRL researchers had surgically implanted acoustic transmitters into seventeen of these hatchery fish. After a three-day recovery period, the fish were released into the Biloxi River. GCRL has manually tracked and located tagged striped bass in the river utilizing acoustic telemetry techniques. The data will help determine how seasonal changes in the river's physiochemical condition affect diel movement and habitat use by the fish, both spatially and temporally. Similar tagging programs have been conducted in previous years.
In addition to this study with young stripers, GCRL surgically implanted several large adult striped bass with more powerful acoustic transmitters that were simply too big and heavy for the phase II fish. The larger fish were caught on rod and reel in the wild and the transmitters were implanted right on the capture boat. The researchers hope to gain a better understanding of how adult striped bass utilize the river, as well as identify upstream migrations which could be an indication of potential spawning activity.
As of November 11, 2013, there are 26 striped bass with acoustic transmitters in the Biloxi River system. Numbers of area sportsman and at least two area fly fishing clubs donated funds for transmitters, and time to help catch stripers to be implanted for this study. We had a ball and the GCRL continues to update us on the progress of “our fish”!
Their Striped Bass studies provide just one example of the outstanding extension, regional outreach and involvement of our friends at the USM Gulf Coast Research Lab. To this end, the Gulf Coast Council will be partnering with the GCRL for our inaugural fly fishing fair and the GCC Board has voted to donate 50% of the profits from that show to the GCRL for fisheries research.
For their decades of service to all who believe that native fish should swim freely in the waters of our streams, rivers, and marine environments, and to all who benefit from an improved natural environment, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory deserves recognition with this award.
Gulf Coast Council -International Federation of Fly Fishers
GCRL Striped Bass Resources and Links:
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