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President: Tom Gadacz
1st Vice President: Tom Logan
Treasurer: Gerald Bell
Secretary: Ken Hofmeister
Directors at Large
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Florida Council Expo 6 - Will be at the International Game
Fish Association (IGFA) museum in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale),
Florida October 23-24, 2015.
Friday, 10/23 from 12pm (noon) to 6pm and
10/24 from 9am to 4pm
night Film Tour event - with free pizza and beer - starts
after the regular event ends Friday at 6:30pm
Online registration will open August
25 to October 18.
the banquet you must register online.
Registration for the 2015 Fly Fishing Expo can be found
A block of rooms at the Courtyard (next to the Museum)
are reserved under Fly Fishers Room Block @ $179/night.
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise
400 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004 - Phone number
International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and Bend,
had its 50th Anniversary and Fair in Bend, Oregon this year
from August 13-15. There were many highlights including Joan
Wulff, icon of fly fishing and casting as well as some of
the past presidents and founding members. President Phil Greenlee
celebrated the event with the Frank and Jeanne Moore Award.
This award honored Frank for all his contributions to fly
fishing and community service. Nathaniel Reed, an avid fly
fisher, was the recipient and had a distinguished career in
the Department of Interior where he instituted many good practices
including the Clean Water Act. The event was hosted by the
Oregon Council President, Sherry Steele and the members of
the Council. Most of the meetings were at the Riverhouse Convention
Center. There were over 80 workshops and program and over
100 fly tiers. Programs included fly fishing, casting, tying,
youth and women's programs.
The Awards banquet honored many contributors including Florida
members Leslie Holmes, the Mel Krieger Casting Award, Tom
Logan, IFF Conservation Award, Ron Winn, Federator Award,
and Ken Hofmeister, the IFFF FL Council Award. See below
for details of these awards.
It was a great opportunity to observe and talk to many great
fly tiers as well as getting some casting instructions from
many of the best. The vendors represented many of the major
manufactures of equipment and supplies, outings, lodges, boats,
foreign trips, and related activities. Wednesday evening was
the Awards Banquet, Thursday social at the Lea Schwab Amphitheater,
Friday evening the auction and dinner, and Saturday evening
The Fair is a great opportunity to see old friends and make
some new ones. In addition to attending some of the sessions,
I volunteered in the Youth Program and also did some fishing
in the middle Deschutes and Tumulo Creek.
Prior to the meeting Nick, my son and I did some serious fishing
in the Lower Deschutes and East Lake. Nick had the catch of
the day with a 20+ inch rainbow (a.k.a. steelhead). We also
caught some nice browns and a white fish. Steve Erickson from
Jeff Perin's The Fly Fisher's Place was an excellent guide.
We fished the Deschutes from Warm Spring to Trout Creek.
Sherry Steele, Oregon Council President hosted the Council
Presidents Committee retreat on Saturday and Sunday so we
had a great social time and some fishing. We fished the Metolius
River in several spots. It is a spectacular river with great
water which maintains a constant temperature of 48 degrees.
It was probably one of the most beautiful rivers with the
blue colored gorge at Wizard Falls.
Tom Gadacz:President, IFFF Florida Council
Mel Krieger Fly Casting Instructor Award
- An award given by the Board of Governors (BOG) of the IFFF
Casting Instructor Program in recognition of those who have
made significant contributions to the IFFF Casting Instructor
Certification Program, have dedicated themselves to flycasting
instruction and have shared their knowledge with others.
2015 Leslie Holmes
of the Year Award- An award presented to that individual
or director who has demonstrated unusual devotion to the
IFFF, and through outstanding contributions has benefited
the Federation as a National or international organization.
2015 Ron Winn
Conservation Award - An award presented to a person,
group or organization which has made extraordinary contributions
to the conservation of our fisheries resources in the past
2015 Tom Logan
Council Award of Excellence Recipients
2015 Ken Hofmeister
Whiteley has posted the IFFF- Florida Council Newsletter
in which you will find:
* The President's Report (also seen above)
* The roster of Council Board Members and contact information
* IFFF Annual Florida Council Report
release and information on our 2015 Florida Fly Fishing Expo
Oct. 23-24 (also on the EXPO page)
* IFFF-Florida Council letters to:
.....* Governor Scott concerning several proposed development
projects in South Florida
.....* Response to NOAA for comments on National Saltwater
Recreational Fisheries Policy
* Article on Boys Home of Virginia hosting a "Teach a Man
to Fish" event featuring renowned instructor Dusty Sprague
introducing young men to the art and skills of fly fishing.
* Article on how Casting For Recovery's Fly fishing program
benefits Florida breast cancer survivors.
International Federation of Fly Fishers’ Florida Council
presented CfR-FL with a check for $500.
Download the NEWSLETTER today and share it with your members.
of our clubs work with organizations within their communities
to provide an educational experience for others. View
images and read the articles written by our Council President,
Tom Gadaz on our Education