Print this page


2017 Gulf Coast Council Fly Fair

 Ocean Springs, MS will be held

Sept. 15th and 16th, 2017 

Again this September, the GCC Fly Fair will host many of the best tyers from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, western Florida and beyond; showcase the very best casting instructors on the North Gulf Coast and for leagues & leagues; have wonderful programs by presenters and fabulous guides that will keep folks spell-bound; be a fun party with great food; and allow attendees the opportunity to take home fly fishing and tying related art, equipment and materials (i.e. rods, reels, tying materials, mounted flies, a kayak and more) from a marvelous set of auctions and raffles!

If you have ever wanted to learn about any aspect of fly fishing from casting, to tying, to equipment, to methods or destinations, then the GCC's annual Fly Fairs are the very best opportunity on the Gulf Coast for you to learn.  

We plan for: No Fees for Individual Casting Instruction from a Host of World Class Casting Instructors, and

No Fees to Learn to Tie the Best Fly Patterns for Gulf Coast Area Fish from the Best Tyers in the Our Part of the South and Beyond!

Our volunteers their time, entergy and goods make this such a successful show.  They typically come from six (6) or more states!




Welcome to the Gulf Coast Council - International Federation of Fly Fishers

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 over600 photos 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 fourteen (14) 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 newsletters - 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 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

 Upcoming GCC Club Events

2017 Red Stick Day  - Conclave & Fly Festival

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:00pm        Admission is FREE! 

Perkins Road Community Park
7122 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

Free admission / Free refreshments and $8 jambalaya!

Every first Saturday in March, the Red Stick Fly Fishers host our annual "conclave" - a celebration of fly fishing. Whether beginner or expert, there's something for everyone!

Activities include:
- Programs
- Fly Tying Demonstrations
- Casting Demonstrations 
- Beginner Seminar
- Retailers
- Kayak and Canoe demos
- Fishing on premises
- Free refreshments
- Jambalaya lunch available (lunch ticket $8)

** NOTE: Our location has changed. Our usual event location - LDWF Waddill Outdoors Education Center - suffered serious damage from the Flood of August 2016 and is still in repair. ** 

Fly tying begins at 9:00am and continues through the day. Some of the region's top fly tiers will be on hand,

There's free refreshments during the day. A jambalaya lunch with salad for $8 will be available. Then there's the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment and other items. Proceeds from the raffle benefit Boy Scouts, Fly Fishing 101, National Hunting and Fishing Day and BREC conservation projects. 


27th Annual Acadiana FlyRodders Conclave is set for:

Saturday April 1, 2017 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm 

More details to come!

The Gulf Coast Council Continues to Grow!


We are extremely pleased to announce that The Kisatchie Fly Fishers is the latest club to join the IFFF and the Gulf Coast Council!,%20Sue,%20Bob,%20Joe,%20Scott.jpg

The Gulf Coast Council 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, this will be the 28th Rendezvous (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.

                  Upcoming Federation Events

Gulf Coast Council Authors


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. 

A little over a year ago 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 children's book, Fly Fishing from A to Z.

Both authors regularly appear at the annual GCC Fly Fair in Ocean Springs and at various GCC club shows across the Council where they are available to sign a copy of their book for you. (See the Calendar link above.) Come to these shows and meet our authors!

Upcoming Casting Classes to be Held by Certified Casting Instructors (CI's/MCI's)

(This space is reserved for Certified Casting Instructors to annouce their upcooming Classes and Schools)

Next page: Calendar