Information on Meetings And Events In 2020

OOPS! We lost our fly tying venue, the COVID got it. That’s right, Richland had to have our meeting area back. So until further notice, we don’t have the venue nailed down, though we understand an alternate has been offered. Stay tuned.

January 19, 2020 – 6:30 Regular Meeting of Magnolia Fly Fishers
A virtual meeting is planned. Check your email for Zoom details.

From our president:

“Fellow Magnolia Fly Fishers,

With the current uptick in COVID 19 cases the Board has decided to cancel all Magnolia Fly Fishers event for the month of July. 

At this time we have not cancelled the casting seminar on August 8th but are considering rescheduling until late September.  There will be a separate e-mail to each of you that have reserved a spot.  

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unusual time.  Once we are able to gather safely we will resume our regular scheduled activities. Until that is possible, we’ll do our part to avoid creating any opportunity to spread the Virus among ourselves or others.

Looking forward to seeing all of you as soon as possible.

Charles Cole


Magnolia Fly Fishers”

Postponed due to COVIDAugust 8 – Casting Seminar

This event has been postponed due to concerns about COVID, i.e. the Chinese Virus. Stay tuned for further information.

We are pleased to announce that a casting seminar has been scheduled for the weekend of August 8th.    The seminar is planned to start on Friday afternoon, August 7th,  with a classroom presentation on the mechanics and physics of a proper cast (Friday’s portion is optional and is come & go).  Saturday’s seminar will be an all day casting session tailored to the needs and desires of the participants.  The instructor for the event will be Jeff Ferguson of Lake Charles, LA.  Jeff is a Master Certified instructor with the Gulf Coast Council.  We feel very fortunate to have an instructor the caliber of Jeff and to be offering this casting seminar for such a small fee.  The casting seminar is free to paid members with a $10.00 fee for drinks and lunch on Saturday.  Friday evening everyone is on their own for dinner. 

Space for the seminar is limited to 15 participants and will be reserved on a first paid basis.  So if you are interested, you will need to send a $10.00 check written out to Magnolia Fly Fishers to the following address.  

Magnolia Fly Fishers

283 Lake Circle

Madison, MS. 39110

Spots will not be reserved until Ed receives your check.  Please note on the check that it  is for the casting class. If you have previously submitted your name as interested, you must submit your $10.00 to secure you place.  The deadline for submitting your reservation fee to Ed is July 1, 2020.   

If more than 15 participants submit their check,  those in excess of the 15 will be placed on a waiting list and if someone drops out your name will be moved to the participant list.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ed or myself.



Fly Fishing Events of Club Interest


Dates: June 1 – July 10, 2020

Location: AL, FL, LA, and MS Gulf Coast

Species: Jack Crevalle

Tackle: Fly rod and reel with hand-tied fly only. No conventional tackle or chumming allowed.

Entry Fee: Free for HOSSFLY members and $25 for non-members (entry fee includes a 2020 HOSSFLY club membership). Registration is required for all participants. Deadline for registration is May 31. Email Clark at to register. Please provide your name and contact information. For non-members, also mail payment to Clark Gordin at 1902 Kensington Street Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

Winners: First, second, and third places will be awarded based on length (total fork length). Multiple catches are allowed. One award per angler.

Required Documentation: A picture of the fish with measuring tape is required. Please email documentation to Clark at Catches must be submitted by midnight on July 10, 2020.

The tournament will be catch and release unless a state record is caught.

State fly fishing record requirements:

The Mississippi fly fishing record is 28 pounds and 15.36 ounces by Dwayne Armes on 7/25/05. Attached are the Mississippi Saltwater Fish Record Application and associated rules.

There is no recorded record for Jack Crevalle in Louisiana. Attached is a link to the Louisiana rules and the application.

The Florida fly fishing record is 37 ½ pounds and by Carlos Solis on 2/11/94. Attached is a link to the Florida rules and application.

Alabama does not keep records.

Winners will be recognized at the July 11 HOSSFLY meeting at 6:00PM at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club.

Rules and Judges Committee consists of Bill Hancock, Richard Schmidt, and John Bottko.

Please be respectful of others by reporting forthright and truthful catches – Honor System rules apply.

Please contact David Buckner at (601)616-5400 or Bill Hancock at (601)807-5811 if you have an questions

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