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International Federation of Fly Fishers

History

The International Federation of Fly Fishers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through Conservation, Restoration and Education. The International Federation of Fly Fishers and its Councils are the only organized advocate for fly fishers on a regional, national and international level.

The idea to create a national federation of fly fishing clubs by people who also were willing to take action, seems to have sprung up on both coasts in the early 1960's. In June 1965, the first Conclave of the Federation of Fly Fishers took place in Eugene, Oregon and was hosted by the McKenzie Flyfishers. It was immediately a national organization with the inclusion not only of West Coast fly fishing clubs, but also the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers from New York. Twelve clubs had joined the Federation by the end of 1965, and by the second Conclave held at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September 1966, the number of clubs had risen to 29.

  "It occurs to me that a loose federation of fly fishing groups could be of considerable value."
Letter from Lee Wulff to Bob Wethern of the Flyfishers Club of Oregon May 27, 1964

Lew Bell and Lee Wulff presented the first draft of the Constitution at the 1965 meeting, and Wulff suggested the reel emblem of the Federation. Many other nationally known fly fishers were present, including Ted Trueblood, Ed Zern, Pete Hidy and Polly Rosborough. A new creation, one that would represent the interests of fly fishermen was underway, and as time passed the famous who affiliate with the FFF seems to have included just about anybody who was anyone.

Today the IFFF has grown to 16 councils, approximately 225 clubs and 13,000 individual members.  Our goal is to support fisheries conservation and educational programs for all fish and all waters. Anywhere fly fishers have an interest, the IFFF can and does play a role.

 

Mission

Our Bylaws state the purpose of the Federation as follows:

  1. Advance the art, science and sport of fly fishing as a way of fishing most consistent with the preservation and use of game fish resources;
  2. Be a political voice for organized fly fishing;
  3. Promote conservation of recreational resources;
  4. Facilitate and improve the knowledge of fly fishing;
  5. Elevate the standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy of anglers:
  6. Cherish the spirit of fellowship among anglers everywhere;
  7. Establish and maintain liaison with other organizations of anglers and conservationists and government agencies concerned with the sport of angling; and
  8. Keep its members informed of developments of interest to the membership.
 

Motto

Conserving, Restoring, Educating through Fly Fishing(sm)...aka "We are haunted by waters, so we choose to make a difference for the fish that live in them."

 

Awards

The organization recognizes its members through the presentation of awards to individuals, clubs and businesses who have made a difference in the sport of fly fishing.  Click here to get more information about each award and past recipients. 
 

Annual Report

The organization issues an annual report each year.  Please click the link below to download the report.

2014 Annual Report (PDF)

2013 Annual Report (PDF)

2012 Annual Report (PDF)

2011 Annual Report (PDF)

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