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-- Organizers for the fifth annual Florida Fly Fishing Expo
selected world renowned fly fishing experts Bob Clouser
of Pennsylvania and Wanda Taylor of Georgia as special guest
instructors at the Oct. 10-11, 2014 Expo at The
Plantation on Crystal River.
Clouser and Taylor brought different insights and flyfishing
strengths to their programs.
Clouser, an internationally respected fly fishing instructor
and author, created the Clouser Deep Minnow, the most-used,
most recognized fly in the world. He is renowned for his
broad knowledge and experience in all areas of fly casting.
Taylor is the first ever woman certified as a master fly
casting instructor by the International Federation of Fly
Fishers (IFFF). Her programs include just-for-women workshops
and clinics. She is known for her skills as an instructor
and her fly fishing and fly casting skills. Taylor is also
co-founder of Casting for Confidence, a retreat
for breast cancer survivors.
"Women and teens are increasingly attracted to fly fishing,
so this year the Florida Fly Fishing Expo offered even more
women's and kids; fly fishing clinics, programs, and classes,"
said IFFF-Florida Council President Tom Gadacz. "Bob Clouser
and Wanda Taylor demonstrated and taught their fly fishing
skills. In addition a team of some of the most knowledgeable
and respected fly tiers, fly casters, and fly fishing guides
in the Southeast and the entire country l provided excellent
programs and clinics."
Special Expo programs included IFFF-certified fly casting
instructors and fly tiers teaching their skills. Hands-on
clinics, demonstrations and workshops include instruction
for beginning through advanced fly casters, outdoor photography
classes, fly fishing techniques, building first-aid kits
for boat and trail, tying effective new fly patterns, fly
casting accuracy and distance and much more. The Florida
Fly Fishing Expo also offers resource-awareness exhibits
and indoor and outdoor and displays of the newest fly rods,
reels, lines, clothing, kayaks, and other gear.
Admission to the family-friendly expo was $10, which included
both days. Admission was free to kids 16 and younger when
accompanied by an adult.
COUNCIL IFFF ESTABLISHES YOUTH AWARD:
the March 8, 2014 FL Council IFFF Board meeting, the Council
established the Florida Council IFFF "Skip Mackey"
Youth Award for a Florida youth interested in fly
fishing. Mackey, who passed away in November 2013, was "The
Voice of NASA". He was an avid fisherman and championed
teaching kids to fish. The youth must be accepted into the
Bighorn Youth Fly Fishing Camp in Fort Smith, Montana. Youths
14 to 18 years of age are eligible. Twelve youths are selected
to attend. The Florida Council Award will help fund transportation
costs to the Camp. The Bighorn River Alliance provides funding
for the camp experience. Information is available at www.bighornriveralliance.org
and applications are obtained through Frank Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is usually March 31. Funding is available
for the 2015 camp session.
We invite all clubs and members to identify one of those
fly fishing kids in your area and support them in sending
for the Youth Fly Fishing Camp application. This is a competitive
program and a real treat for any youth. Annie Hays of the
Suncoast fly fishers attended two years ago and raved about
her great experience. If you need any additional information,
please e-mail me (email@example.com)
and I am more than happy to provide assistance.
We wish to thank the Backcountry Fly Fishing Association
of Brevard for contributing $1,000 to initiate this program.
Trust (BTT) Symposium
Hall of Fame
Lee Wulff sculpture
Joe Mahler and Emily Gadacz
Steve Huff Casting Clinic
3 years the BTT has a symposium at the International Game
Fish Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania
Beach, Florida. Since joining the BTT I've learned much about
the science of fisheries and its importance in conservation
and preservation of all fish for our and future generations.
Aaron Adams, who has presented several programs at SFF, is
director of operations at BTT. He and his staff have made
many scientific contributions to Florida fisheries.
The Symposium was November 7-8, 2014. Thirty four scientific
papers were presented plus many panel discussions. The Symposium
brought together world-class experts to discuss issues in
fisheries management. Topics included energy expenditure of
bonefish (What can ice baths and treadmills tell us about
bonefish) and tracking of tarpon (Ocean habitat utilization
by highly migratory tarpon from satellite telemetry data).
In addition there were fly tiers (Enrico Puglisi, Joe Mahler,
and many others) in the lobby and several fly casting sessions
(Joe Gonzalez, Todd Fuller, Steve Huff, and C. A. Richardson)
on the lawn. Pat Ford had a photography session on Saturday.
The Friday evening reception was held in conjunction with
the art and film festival. The film festival was really neat
and consisted of some very professional fishing trips and
some less polished but incredibly funny fishing exploits.
This was a great hit at the Symposium. Saturday evening was
the banquet and auction in the Fishing Hall of Fame. What
an impressive room with huge fish overhead and names and records
on a floor plate beneath each fish.
Mark your calendar for October 2-3, 2015 because the IFFF
Florida Council is planning to have its Expo at the IGFA next
Council Clubs helping our honored Veterans
of our clubs work with organizations within their communities
to provide an educational experience for others. .
VETERANS TO SHOOT LINE.
29, 2014 was a sunny and pleasant day and to be with 14 veterans
was a special day not only for them but for those of us who
helped. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a national
program between veterans and local fly fishing clubs to introduce
veterans to fly fishing.
more images and read the entire article written by our Council
President, Tom Gadaz on our Education