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Save the Date!

2015 Gulf Coast Council Fly Fair

September 18/19, 2015

Ocean Springs, MS

While most of the Chair positions have already been filled by volunteers, we are currently seeking volunteers to work on a few Fly Fair Committes. 

More information on the 2015 Fly Fair will be in our next issue of the Gulf Streamer.
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Welcome to the Gulf Coast Council - International Federation of Fly Fishers

Check out the latest issue our newsletter the Gulf Streamer

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The International Federation of Fly Fishers - Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC), is a  regional entity of the IFFF, representing clubs and members in Louisiana, Mississippi, coastal Alabama and northwestern Florida.

Please use the page links listed on the left this site and you will see over 600 pictures that will tell you more of who we are, a bit of what we do, and the fish that we catch using long rods, feathers and fur. You'll quickly notice that these photographs show a large variety of habitats, along with over 50 species of the fresh and saltwater fish that we regulary take with flies!

Actually, these pictures represent a only a very small part of those individuals in the twelve (12) clubs across the Gulf Coast Council whom we call "Federators".  We are the "Federation" and for over 50 years the Federation has been the "Voice of Fly Fishing though Education and Conservation".  We hope that you'll want to join with us!

Our home page is designed to be constantly changing with the updated posting of upcoming events and articles designed to be of value to all fly fishers, and especially to our members in the Federation. Therefore, this site should remain interesting each time you visit. 

Click on the "About Us" page to learn more about who we are and our mission; the Gulf Streamer brings you our latest newsletter - one of the best in the country; our "Calendar" page shows what's happening around the Council and beyond; "Clubs" gives a list of GCC Charter and Affiliated Clubs (and links to their websites); and the other links convey timely and positive information about how we accomplish our mission of supporting fly fishing in lower Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and western Florida.  

We believe that all these links are also worth your time to view, if only for the marvelous photographs.  Most likey you will see a least a few folks that you already know!

To find the most current information about the Gulf Coast Council, please link to our Facebook Page:  Facebook - Gulf Coast Council 

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The Gulf Coast Council 2014 Ocean Springs, MS Fly Fair was a Huge Success! 

 

Thanks to our show chairs, casting instructors, tyers, vendors and all those who donated items, as well as everyonewho worked so hard in putting on our first Fly Fair!

 


                 Upcoming Gulf Coast Council's Club Events

 

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“11th Annual Contraband Fly Fishing Expo”

August 22nd, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

PPG - Porter Hall, 2250 Prater Road, Westlake, LA

 Open to the public!  Free admission!

Each year the Contraband Fly Casters hold this EXPO in order to introduce the folks in Lake Charles, SouthWestern La, and S.E. Texas to the pleasures of fly fishing.

There will be Fly Tying Demo.s by many of the best regional tyers; Casting Demo.s and free lessons by IFFF Certified Casting Instructors; Fly and Lure Exhibits; Equipment Displays; Auctions/Raffles for flies, art work and flyfishing equipment; Food and Refreshments; and much more!

This is your chance to attend one of Louisian's best fly fishing and tying instructional ventues and receive free tying and casting lessons. Our renown tyers and casting instructors come from across Louisiana and east Texas!

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly fish for specks and reds; bass, bream and sacalait; or head north and experience fly fishing in rivers and streams for rainbows and brown trout?  Well, this is your opportunity to learn tying, casting, equipment, rigging, flyfishing techniques, locations and much much more from many of the the best fly fishermen in the region, all at No Charge - Free! 

Bring the kids. Boy (and Girl) Scouts welcome... Our intructors will work with your scouts on their Fly Fishing Merit Badge. (Be sure that your scouts bring their signed blue cards!) 

What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in August! 

Oh, and be prepared to have a good time, as we do this because we always have great time!  Come out early and join us for the day!

For more details, go to www.contrabandflycasters.net or contact Warren Landry (337) 853-7755.

 


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Another Date to Save!  

The 27th Annual North Toledo Bend Rendezvous 

Friday Oct. 30th - Sunday Nov. 1st, 2015

The GCC and the Texas Council of the IFFF, annually co-sponsor the "North Toledo Bend Rendezvous"

Held the first weekend of November at North Toledo Bend State Park near Zwolle, LA, the 2013 Rendezvous was the 25th anniversity (since 1989) of this gathering of fly tyers representing Federation clubs from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and beyond. 

With no planned activities, but plenty of fly tying, food, fly casting instruction and fly 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 U.S.A.   http://pages.suddenlink.net/w/Rendez/indexR.html

If you have never attended the North Toledo Bend Rendezvous or haven't been in a while, your are hereby invited to attend... Hey, we haven't gathered on the shores of Toledo Bend and thrown this party for 27 years for nothing!!!  We have a great time.

Rendezvous is your chance to sit down and tie flies with some of the very best tyers in the Deep South! No matter if you are a beginner to tying or a master of this craft, you will learn a lot (or at least have fun tying with your friends &/or teaching others).


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The GCC continues to grow!  

 The GCC Welcomes the Fly Fishers of Northwest Florida! 

In February, 2015 the Fly Fishers of Northwest Florida moved their affiliation to the Gulf Coast Council!  Many of their members attended the 2014 GCC Fly Fair, and it was soon apparent to Federators and the Federation Councils that the FFNWF was a natural fit for the Gulf Coast Council.  

The FFNWF is a well established club with a tremendous amount of knowledge and great folks, who will be a great asset to this council, and the GCC is extremely pleased to welcome them into the GCC!   


                     Upcoming Federation Events 

                                                


  
 
 

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USM Gulf Research Laboratory Receives the 2014 IFFF Conservation Award!

We are pleased to report that the Gulf Coast Research Lab was the 2014 recipient of the IFFF Conservation Award.  To view their nomination and to see the other National and Council Awards given in 2014, click on "GCC -IFFF Awards" tab on the left..

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Gulf Coast Council Authors

 

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Two of our GCC members have recently published books dealing with fly fishing:

Nationally renown, realistic fly tyer, Fred Hannie, Sr. has authored Tying with Monofilament, an excellent introduction and treatise on realistic tying.

Last summer at the IFFF Fly Fair in Livingston, MT, one of Louisiana's "first ladies of fly fishing" and childrens book author, Beverly Vidrine, introduced her wonderfully written and illustrated childrens book, Fly Fishing from A to Z.

Both authors should be available to sign a copy of their book for you at both the Countaband Fly Caster's EXPO on August 22nd and at the GCC Fly Fair on Sept. 18/19. Come to these shows and meet our authors!



 

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Casting Classes, Clincs and Schools  

This section is reserved for Gullf Coast Council IFFF Certified Casting Instructors to list their upcoming Casting Classes, Clinics and Schools.  

For more about the Casting Instructor Certification Program (CICP) or to find Certified Instructor in the GCC, click on the corresponding tab on the left.

If you are an IFFF Certified Casting instructor and would like to list your event, please contact Kyle Moppert: Bowfin47@gmail.com 

 

 

 

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