Fly Tying Group News
New Fly Tying Skills Awards Program
The Fly Tying Group of the IFFF has a new program. It is called the Fly Tying Skills Award Program and the first level of the program, the Bronze Award, was recently published on the IFFF website. The program is the equivalant of a merit badge program for fly tyers. The program was designed for tyers to measure their skills and receive valuable feedback to improve their craft. The program consists of 5 required patterns and 3 flies of the tyers choosing.
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Fly Tying Group Newsletter Online
The Fly Tying Group’s new newsletter, “Tying Times,” is now available to IFFF members on our website. Be sure to read about all the new projects the Group has implemented, as well as some great articles for the fly tying enthusiast! Tying Times is only available to IFFF members, so log-on here
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IFFF & Council News
Greenlee Attends Florida Council Expo
IFFF 50th Anniversary Rod & Reel Special
IFFF President and Chairman of the Board, Phil Greenlee, attended the Florida Council Expo in Crystal River, FL. The Expo had over 300 attendees and featured presenters, Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor. Bob tied his famous Deep Minnow Fly and showed attendees how to cast a weighted fly. Wanda had a special program for women and introduced many new ladies to fly fishing. (Photo: Phil Greenlee, left, with Florida Council Expo Committee Members) Read More
Sweetgrass Rods, Thomas & Thomas, Abel Reels and IFFF are teaming up to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary with a Special Rod/Reel Extravaganza! The rods are top-of-the-line pieces of beauty any fly fisher would be proud to own. The Sweetgrass Rod is a five sided bamboo, the trout and saltwater rods are the best graphite rods that Thomas & Thomas has to offer, and the Abel Reels are their Super 4N and Super 7/8N models. All bamboo rods, graphite rods or rod/reel combinations are very limited in availability and will be allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Net proceeds will help fund the IFFF conservation and education programs. Visit the IFFF store
for more details or to make a purchase. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Visit the website to learn how you can capture a great fly-fishing equipment adventure for yourself or a great Christmas gift for that special fly fisher in your life.
Saltwater Auction Trip a Success
Mike Clancy and Mik Mikitik, both from Olympia, Washington, recently took a saltwater fly fishing trip that Capt. Rick Grassett, IFFF Certified Casting Instructor and Guides Association Member, donated to the 2014 International Fly Fishing Fair in Livingston, Montana. Clancy was the winning bidder at the Fair's Auction last August. He and Miktik fished the coastal Gulf with Capt. Rick this past month. Capt. Rick wrote on his blog that "they had good action with tripletail, getting numerous shots at them and catching and releasing two fish". Capt. Rick Grassett, of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, is a full time fishing guide based in Sarasota. Read Capt. Rick's blog post here.
(Photo: Capt. Rick Grassett)
The IFFF is supported by the generosity of fly fishing businesses, like Rick's, who donate trips and merchandise to our Fair Auction. For information on how you can make a tax free donation to our 2015 50th Anniversary Fair
email email@example.com or call 406-222-9369.
Fly Fishing Education
41 New BSA Fly Fishing Merit Badges
IFFF member and Boy Scout Certified Angler Instructor, Michael Brand, proudly wrote in to report on another successful BSA Certified Angling Instructor Training Event. Brand, who led the event as Course Director, and 53 other Certified Angling Instructors provided two merit badge skill centers that served 175 scouts. The fishing and fly fishing merit badges were attended by 87 scouts and 41 of the scouts earned their fly fishing merit badge. The IFFF applauds the efforts of Brand and his fellow Boy Scout leaders for getting youth excited about fly fishing. If you have a story about youth fly fishing education, we'd love to share it. Please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
IFFF Joins Fish Habitat Partnerships
The IFFF Conservation Committee has been joining regional Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs) in an effort to expand the IFFF conservation program.
The mission of the FHPs is "to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people", making them a great match for the IFFF. Glenn Erikson, IFFF Conservation Director, sits on the Steering Committee for the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture and John Sabo, Ohio Council Conservation VP, was recently asked to represent the IFFF on the Ohio River Basin FHP Steering Committee. Other FHP committee positions are in the works. Read more about Fish Habitat Partnerships.
Tasmania: 150 yrs of Wild Brown Trout
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the introduction of wild trout to the Southern Hemisphere - a truly remarkable feat during the 19th century. It began at the Salmon Ponds in Plenty, where the first live trout and salmon eggs were transported from England in 1864, creating what is now a booming trout fishery in Tasmania and Australia. For further information on the anniversary see the Inland Fisheries website
Casting Instructor Education
Fall 2014 Loop Available
The Fall 2014 Loop is a stand-out issue on education, mentoring, instruction and much more. Log-in to read the full edition
. In this issue Chuck Easterling
asks top casting teachers and coaches how their practice regimen enriches and improves their performance and their instruction. Read Part 1 of Chuck’s interview: Practicing for Exceptional Performance.
UK Event Continues to Grow
Brian McGlashan, UK Event Organizer, reports on the IFFF testing event that took place in Bellingham, England this past September. McGlashan and many other volunteers worked hard to expand the event to include an Examiner Development Course and continuing education workshops. The IFFF testing examiners did such a wonderful job that the statement "IFFF members are like a big welcoming family" was repeated often throughout the event. (photo credit: John Symonds) Read Brian's full article on the event>>
IFFF MCI Wins Canadian Championship
Jean-François Lavallée, MCI, totaled the best score and the gold medal in front of a group of 34 competitors from across Canada at the 12th Canadian Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposium in October. Lavallee's team, Team Endiable, also won gold in the competition. Lavallee traveled from Montreal to the IFFF Fair in Livingston, MT this past August where he passed his MCI. Congratulations Jean Francois and team!