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The Gulf Coast Council (GCC) is a regional entity of the International Federation of Fly Fishers(IFFF), an organization dedicated to "conserving, restoring, educating - through fly fishing". The GCC represents charter and affliated FFF clubs, as well as individual IFFF members, in Louisiana, Mississippi, and coastal Alabama.
The GCC region is home to some of the greatest saltwater fishing in North America. The section of coast from the Sabine River east to Pensacola is home to the greatest number of redfish - a.k.a., "Spottail Elvis" - than anywhere else. It also holds the largest number of spotted seatrout, as well as some of the best offshore fishing at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Freshwater enthusiasts lay claim to fantastic spotted bass fisheries in the many sandy streams that run through Mississippi and western Louisiana. The Red River and Delta areas have been home to several BASSMaster Classics, and Mississippi's Lake Okhissa and the South Alabama's Five Rivers Area offer scenic areas for big bass. The Atchafalaya Basin remains one of the best wild areas to fish for big bluegill, while several reservoirs of Mississippi and Louisiana are rated in the top crappie waters of America.
With such great fishing opportunities, many anglers are looking to make the most of their experience on the water. We encourage you to discover why catching fish "on the fly" is the quintescent 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 International Federation of Fly Fishers.
For more on the IFFF, check out their website.
The Gulf Coast Council is more than just promoting the sport of fly fishing. Our mission is to also promote conservation and restoration within our region, through advocacy and funding of projects. We are a 501(c)3 organization operated through our bylaws.
Our bylaws are available online via this link.
From it's origination, the GCC sponsored the "FFF Gulf Coast Expo", one of the largest fly fishing events in the South. Also known to many as "conclave", this weekend event served as both a fundraiser for our council and an educational vehicle for members and the public. The Expo offered programs, exhibitors, workshops, tying demos, great food, great fishing, and much more.
Since it's reformation to a smaller geographic area, the Council is considering several options to bring members, other flyfishers, and future flyfishers together.
One such event that the GCC now sponsors is the "Southern Flyfishers Rendezvous", aka, "Toledo Bend Rendezvous". Held the first weekend of November at North Toledo Bend State Park, this annual gathering (since 1989) of members of fly fishing clubs from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond, features no planned activities but plenty of fly tying, food, fly casting and fishing. Fee includes lodging and meals.
The GCC also promotes events and activities of our member clubs. Click on our Calendar page to find out what's happening when around the Council and surrounding regions.