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The Gulf Coast Council (GCC) is a regional entity of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF). Since 1964, the Federation of Fly Fishers has been an organized voice for fly fishers. We represent all aspects of fly fishing from the art of casting instration and fly tying, to the protection of our diverse fisheries. The International Federation of Fly Fishers, and its Councils, are the only organized advocate for fly fishing on an international, national and regional level. For forty years the Federation has been "conserving, restoring, educating - through fly fishing".
Founded in 2006, the Gulf Coast Council - IFFF represents ten (10) charter and affliated FFF clubs, as well as individual IFFF members, in Louisiana, Mississippi and coastal Alabama.
With the country's greatest and most nutrient rich river and estuary system, plus the rich coastal rivers and estuaries of Mississippi and Alabama, the GCC region is home to some of the greatest saltwater fishing in North America, in both brackish and blue waters. Containing over one half of the saltwater marsh in the U.S., the northern Gulf coast from the Sabine River east to Pensacola is home to the greatest number of redfish - a.k.a., "Spottail Elvis" - in the nation. This region is also home to the nation's largest spotted seatrout fishery, as well as having some of the best offshore fisheries in the country located at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
GCC 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 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 nutirents are the basis of some of the best wild areas to fish for big bluegill and other panfish, while several lake and reservoirs in Mississippi and Louisiana are rated in the top crappie (white perch/sacalete) waters in North America.
With such great fishing opportunities, many anglers are looking to make the most of their experience on the waters of the GCC. We encourage you to discover why catching fish "on the fly" in the Gulf Coast Council region 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. The Federation and the Gulf Coast Council are 501(c)3 organizations operated through our bylaws.
Our bylaws are available online via this link.
From its origination, the GCC has sponsored five "Gulf Coast Council Expos/Fly Fairs". These shows have been some of the largest, fly fishing events in the South. Also known to many as "conclaves", these weekend events served as both fundraisers for our council and an educational vehicles for members and the public. GCC events offer programs, exhibitors, workshops, tying demos, great food, great fishing and much more.
Since its re-formation into a smaller geographic area in November, 2012, the Council is currently planning a Fly Fair in the coming months in Historic Ocean Springs, Mississppi to bring members, other flyfishers and future flyfishers together.
The GCC, along with the Texas Council of the IFFF, co-sponsors the "North Toledo Bend Rendezvous". Held the first weekend of November at North Toledo Bend State Park, the 2013 Rendezvous will be 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 and 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 country.
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.
IFFF 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.