Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IFFF Calendar of Events


July 2015

July 24 - 26, Upper Midwest Council Fly Fishing School, Rochester, MN  Contact or click here.

August 2015

August 11-15, 50th Anniversary of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Bend OR, or  

September 2015

September 18-19, GCC Fly Fair - Ocean Springs Civic Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

October 2015

October 2-3 Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair, Mountain Home, Arkansas at the Baxter County Fair Grounds. Featured presenters are Lawrence Finney, Jason Randall, Michael George and Pat Cohen. Lawrence is one of the top fly tyers and instructors from Northern Ireland. Jason Randall is an author of three fly fishing books and frequent contributor to American Angler. Michael George and Pat Cohen are two of the best deer hair tyers anyone will ever encounter. Mike has won 11 medals from the International Mustad Competition and FFF Tyer of the Year. Pat is a commercial tyer and was recently featured in Outdoor Life showcasing his intricate deer hair creations. Local guides will give programs on fishing the local waters. Visit our Facebook page Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair. Registration information is at  .

October 16-18, Southwest Council's Fly Fishing Faire, Bishop CA

October 16-18, Oktoberfisch, Junction TX 

October 23-24, 2015 Florida Council Expo, International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Museum, Dania Beach (Ft. Lauderdale area) FL  

October 30 - November 1, 27th Annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous - North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle, LA  - Co-Sponsored by the Gulf Coast and Texas Councils

November 2015

November 7, 16th Annual GLC Fly Tying Expo, Lansing, MI -  

January 2016

January 30, North Coast Fly Fishers (Cleveland) produces the Northern Ohio Fly Fishing Expo, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland)

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Tenkara Fly Fishing Demo
Start Date/Time: Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:00 PM
End Date/Time: Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

Traditional Japanese fly fishing method demonstrated at Headwaters Outfitters


        ROSMAN, NC --- The San Francisco-based founder of Tenkara USA will show a simple fly fishing method and equipment with roots in ancient Japan to anglers at Headwaters Outfitters on Oct. 18.

        Stepping into the North Fork of the French Broad River beside the fly fishing and paddling adventures center, Daniel Galhardo will cast the slender,11- to 14-ft. carbon fiber Tenkara rods. Designed for portability in a backpack, canoe or kayak, the rods telescope into 20-inch long tubes about the diameter of a quarter. Tenkara rods are tough enough to handle the feisty rainbow, brown and brook trout found in the Carolina mountains along with other regions.

        The commonly accepted translations from Japanese of Tenkara are "from heaven" or "from the skies," describing the delicate presentation of an artificial fly. The method and rod configuration originated among commercial anglers in the mountains of Japan as early as the 8th Century B.C.

        Born and raised in Brazil where he taught himself fly fishing at age 14, Galhardo moved to California as an exchange student and stayed for the trout fishing.

        "I found I was most at home in mountain streams," Galhardo says.

"When I discovered Tenkara, I knew it was the perfect fit for me and that I wanted to help other anglers learn about it. Tenkara reminds people that fundamentally fly fishing is simple and this is how simple it can be."

        As a tool, anglers can use Tenkara with dry flies, nymphs or other wet flies. As a method, Tenkara places more emphasis on technique and fly presentation, using only the necessary equipment. Tenkara anglers in Japan often rely on one fly pattern no matter where they are fishing.

Following that Japanese tradition, Galhardo uses one fly pattern anywhere he fishes for trout.

        Headwaters Outfitters is the only Tenkara USA dealership in North Carolina.

        "We really like the simplicity of the Tenkara equipment and casting method," says Sid Cullipher, owner of Headwaters Outfitters. " Each rod comes with a 10 or 25-ft. line and a short monofilament tippet. That's it -- no reel and not much to tangle. Our more adventuresome anglers who like to hike or paddle a ways in search of wild trout love these rigs."

        Galhardo's presentation and demonstration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with time for questions and test drives.

        Headwaters Outfitters, 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, is at the intersection of U.S. 64 and N.C. Hwy. 215. For more information call

828-8776-3106 or visit and

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