Information on Meetings And Events In 2021
Our next meeting is May 18th, once again at Glen’s office at 1505 Clinton Business Park Dr.
Our last meeting was a success as a tongue-in-cheek copy of the Bob Ross Painting Party adapted for fly tying and using Barry Ord Clarke, the Feather Bender as our version of Bob Ross. Scott Toller was our demonstration tyer and the Adams was our chosen fly. Hey, it worked so let’s do it again. Scott will choose a Feather Bender episode and then will demo tying the fly for us. As an extra, while everyone ties, we will go over understanding the different line designs without the marketing hype. Also, the water is there, cast or if you need help with casting we can do that too. Let’s start at 6:00 again to take advantage of the light. Breambugs is donating a selection of flies for raffle/silent auction, Orvis is donating a collection of line nippers, there will be some material and flies as well. There will be a couple of pizzas for growling stomachs.
News below can be found at https://gulfcoastcouncilffi.org/
The Spring 2021 edition of The Gulf Streamer, the newsletter of the Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International, is now available to the public online. CLICK HERE to download (2.3mb, PDF format).
In this edition:
- President A.J. Rosenbohm updates us on how clubs have adapted in the world of Covid-19.
- Member feature: Donald Dehm, GCC Education Director, who teaches kayak fly fishing across the country.
- Taking the Challenge. Sunfish Challenge, that is!
- Catch Cormier tells the story behind the Rosborough Hares Ear, with tying instructions.
- Details on the 2nd annual Sweetwater Classic in September
- and more!
If you’re an FFI member, and affiliated with the Gulf Coast Council, and did not receive the newsletter via email last week, please contact the FFI office.
News below on Gulf Coast Council’s Award nominations, this information can be found at https://gulfcoastcouncilffi.org/
2nd annual HOSSFly Jack Rodeo
Dates: June 1 – October 1, 2021
Species: Jack Crevalle
Waters: AL, FL, LA and MS Gulf Coast
Entry fee: Free for HOSSFly members, $25 for non-members (includes HOSSFly membership).
Deadline for registration: May 31st
If you think a slot red is a brute fish on fly rod, you don’t know jack! Jack Crevalle, that is. Baddest boy in inshore waters. Wants to take your fly line and backing to Cuba. And just when you stop him from going outward, comes the long haul back in. Like towing a boat… using a bicycle!
Well here’s your chance to show Jack whose boss, and get awarded for it. Hosted by the Historic Ocean Springs Saltwater (HOSS) Fly Fishing Club, the Jack Rodeo is a CPR tournament open to the public. Simply catch and land a jack crevalle on fly and fly tackle (that will be the hardest part for sure!). Then take a photo of the fish on a measuring device with fly fishing gear in the scene. Submit the photo, along with documentation, to David Buckner (email on form).
The tournament is catch and release unless a state record is caught. Winners will be announced at the HOSSFly meeting on October 12th.
Click here to download the Jack Rodeo Rules and Registration Form.
The Gulf Coast Council Awards & Recognition Program began in 2007 to recognize individuals and clubs for their accomplishments in education, fly tying, conservation, service, and other areas that promote the goals and ideals of the GCC and Fly Fishers International overall.
FFI members and member clubs are encouraged to submit nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 31st. The list of awards and their criteria can be found on this page: CLICK HERE.
- Nominations for GCC Awards must be submitted using the following form, -or- submitted on a typed sheet with the following required info: award name, nominee name, nominator name, nominee qualifications.
- Except for Friend of the Council, nominees must be FFI-GCC members.
- In addition to listing qualifications, supporting documentation of any type is encouraged. This could be website posts, newspaper articles, etc..
- In the case where more than one nominee exists, and all are well qualified, preference will be given to those nominees not previously recognized. Please list all accomplishments as in some cases, that person could qualify for an alternative award.
If you wish to use the form (Word format), download by CLICKING HERE. Fill and save.
Email nominations to email@example.com. Again, deadline is May 31st. Honors will be announced sometime in the July-August timeframe.
Our last meeting was Tuesday, April 20th and was a big success. Stylized after the Bob Ross party, we watched a Barry Ord Clarke video of BOC tying an Adams and then after watching our demonstration tyer Scott T show us some tricks, we moved to the vices and tied our own. Albert won the “Best Adams” contest, winning a group of flies tied by Scott T, who served as the judge. The silent auction raised $50. Return here for information on our next meeting.
Items for silent auction and raffle were:
News below on Gulf Coast Council’s 2021 Sweetwater classic, this information can be found at https://gulfcoastcouncilffi.org/
Gulf Coast Sweetwater Classic
Friday-Saturday, September 17-18, 2021
Percy Quin State Park, McComb, MS
FREE admission to park & festival
Classic tournament entry fee: $30
Big Bream Contest entry fee: $5
- Due to continuing concerns about Covid-19, and possible restrictions limiting events in February, the GCC Board has voted to move the Classic to September. All rooms and cabins booked in the park can be moved to the later date with NO extra fees! Please contact Percy Quin State Park if you have already made reservations.
The FFI Gulf Coast Council will host our 2nd annual Sweetwater Classic fly fishing festival and freshwater tournament once again on lovely Percy Quin State Park in Mississippi. This event will feature two tournaments, fly tying demonstrations, flycasting instruction, a Casting Skills Challenge, an Iron Fly Tying competition, seminars, a large raffle to benefit the GCC’s education and conservation initiatives, and possibly more!
While the Big Bream Contest will again take place on Lake Tangipahoa inside the state park, the GCC Events Committee has agreed to extend the boundaries of Saturday’s Classic to include Lake Okhissa, one of the premier bass fisheries in the South.
PQSP has nearly two dozen cabins and several motel rooms available for daily rental, as well as top-notch RV facilities, and tent campsites. PLEASE book early as weekend rental of cabins are very popular. If you already booked for the February weekend, you can reschedule for the September weekend at NO extra fees. There are also numerous motels and restaurants in nearby McComb, roughly five miles from the park entrance.
More details will be coming in the months ahead on our Classic web page (see top menu). Also, an iAngler registration website will be up in early 2021.
News below on GCC club Red Stick Fly Fisher event, “Red Stick Day”, this information can be found a https://www.rsff.org/p/red-stick-day.html
Red Stick Day
27th annual Red Stick Day
A celebration of fly fishing
Saturday, October 30, 2021
8:30am – 3:00pm
Waddilll Wildlife Refuge
4142 N Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge
– Fly Tying Demonstrations
– Casting Demonstrations and lessons
– Kayak fishing presentation
– Free refreshments
– Fishing on premises
– Jambalaya lunch
– Admission is FREE!
Fly tying begins at 8:30am and continues through the day. Some of the region’s top fly tiers will be on hand.
There are free refreshments during the day. A jambalaya lunch will be served with salad and roll for a nominal cost. Then there’s the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items that benefit the club’s education and conservation projects.
More information below.
8:30 am Welcome
Fly tying begins
9:00 am – 12 noon – Programs and casting instruction (TBA)
12:00 pm LUNCH *
12:45 pm Gamblers Draw *
1:00 pm More programs
2:30 pm RAFFLE *