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Welcome to the International Federation of Fly Fishers - Gulf Coast Council (IFFF-GCC), a  regional entity of the IFFF (the Federation), representing clubs and members in Louisiana, Mississippi and coastal Alabama.  As you peruse this site (and please do go through the pages listed on the left), you will see many pictures that will tell you more of who we are, 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 30+ species of fresh and saltwater fish that we regulary take with flies! 

Actually, these pictures represent a only a very small part of those individuals in 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.  

We believe that all these links are also worth your time to view, if only for the marvelous photographs!

To find the most current information about the Gulf Coast Council, please link to our Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gulf-Coast-Council-IFFF/452133261542185  

 

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        Upcoming GCC Club Events

 

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                Out  of Council Federation Events

 

Destination Texas Fly Fishing Expo

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The Destination Texas Fly Fishing EXPO is going to be a great show with continuing education for CCI's, casting classes, tying classes, programs, a bunch of great tyers and much, much more.  Check it all out at:  http://txflyfishexpo.com/

 

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USM Gulf Research Laboratory and HOSSFLY make Tide magazine

We are pleased to report that the cover article for CCA's national "TIDE" magazine is all about Jim Frank's Tarpon Research at the Ocean Springs USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. HOSSFLY is prominently mentioned early in the article as a research grant contributor. The magazine does not seem to appear online anywhere, only in print, but I imagine that many of you are probably members/subscribers.

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The GCC is proud to announce the formation of the Chickasaw Fly Fishers, our newest Charter Club!  

Based in Tupelo / Saltillo, Mississippi, The Chickasaw Fly Fishers is the first Federation club in northern Mississippi!  Their initial gathering was held Oct. 10th, and their paperwork with the Federation was completed in late December.  Tom Jindra, MCI, Past President of the IFFF and IFFF Casting Board of Governers Emeritus, was able to meet with Russ Hutcheson prior to that meeting and to attend the intial gathering, where about 20 folks came together to form this club.

These new Federators have easy access to a multitude of warm water ponds, rivers, streams and lakes in northern Mississippi. They also have access to nearby tailwater, coldwater trout fishing in Tennessee and Alabama.  So, their interest mirror those of so many of us across the GCC.  I am also told that they have strong base of fly fishing/tying knowledge amonst their members.

The GCC Board encourages our Federation members across the Council to contact the Chickasaw Fly Fishers and offer to assit them with programs and with invitations to attend our various club shows and outings.

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Casting Events and Schools coming up in the GCC


The Camp Fly Fishing School's 2014 Annual Clinics
 

Introduction to Fly Fishing  Beginner's Class Saturday - April 26th.  Learn what you need to be well on your way to practicing the skills necessary to begin fly fishing.  Want to learn how to choose the right equipment?  Let us get you started.

Advanced Fly Casting Skills Saturday - May 24th. This clinic starts off where the Introductory clinic left off.  Learn to get more distance and learn some specialty cast that will have you reaching out farther and casting more efficiently.

Advanced/Instructor's Prep Saturday - June 28th.  If you are interested in further advancing your skill level with some techniques for getting more distance, handling the wind and more, this is the class for you.  At the same time you will be exposed to the skills you need to become a casting instructor.  This is a great review course to see if you are ready for the FFF's Certification exam.

For more details contact:Keith Richard, MCI: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com or call: 337-344-0908

Note: The GCC utilizes this space to announce upcoming casting events, both by clubs and by GCC member Certified Casting Instructors (See: "Certified Casting Instructors - GCC" above in the left hand column.) Any GCC Charter or Affiliated club representative, CI, MCI or THCI in good standing with the Council and the Federation who wishes to have a notice posted on this location, please contact:  Kyle Moppert:  Bowfin47@gmail.com


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Friends and Supporters of the GCC
 
 
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The Gulf Coast Council would like to thank Temple Fork Outfitters, its owner, management and staff for their years of generous support of  educational outreach programs and GCC EXPO's/Fly Fairs, as well as our Charter and Affiliate clubs.
 
 
 
 
 
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Currently, the GCC has three (3) IFFF - Retail Level Members: 
 
    Spencer Johnson's Church Mouse Fly Shop in Fairehope, Alabama;
 
    Luke McCoy's On the Vise web site, New Orleans, LA (See link above: On the Vise - A GCC Based Tying Website); and
 
    Beverly Vidrine, Lafayette, LA, who is an author, long time supporter of the Federation and a marvelous lady. Her fly fishing themed children's book will sooon be released.  We all wish her great success!
 
The GCC would like to thank these folks for their support of the GCC and the Federation.
 
 
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 GCC Charter and Affiliate Clubs
 
 
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