This page contains the criteria for all awards that have been given, both present and past. Please click here to determine which awards will be given in any given year.
This award is the ultimate award of Fly Fishers International. Thus, the consideration for individual achievement is extremely strict. Services and contribution to FFI must be prominent, extraordinary and significantly above the criteria that would merit consideration for any other award. The criteria for the FFI Award of Distinction is as follows:
Election shall be by the Executive Committee. The vote shall require a 2/3 majority.
The Chair of the Awards Committee shall be notified prior to the meeting of the Committee to avoid conflict or duplication. Nominations for this award should be made directly to any member of the executive Board.
McKenzie Fly Fishers, a Club that remains active in Eugene, Oregon, provided instrumental leadership in the original formation of what now is Fly Fishers International. The FFI McKenzie Cup honors the Club and is presented to a FFI Club making an outstanding contribution on behalf of FFI.
This award presented to that individual who has demonstrated unusual devotion to Fly Fishers International, and through outstanding contributions has benefited FFI at National or International levels.
This award is presented to recognize a single extraordinary contribution or an ongoing prominent effort promoting comprehensive fly fishing education. Extraordinary contributions are those that are superior and conspicuous in relation to others and consistent with the philosophies of Fly Fishers International.
All nominees will be routed by the Awards Chair to the VP Education. Evaluation of each nomination will be conducted by the Education Committee. Recommendations from the Education Committee will be forwarded by the VP Education to the Awards Committee. The criteria for this award are:
This award is named in honor of Wayne “Buz” Buszek who developed a retail business during the mid-1900s where he established a standard of excellence for fly tying materials and more importantly the many excellent fly patterns he developed that include the Western Coachman and Old Gray Mare that continue to inspire the highest skills in fly tying today. The award, likewise, is presented to individuals who have demonstrated highest skills in fly tying and made significant contributions to the preservation of the artform of fly tying. The criteria is as follows:
Dick Nelson, an excellent fly tier, devoted his skill and understanding of fly tying to teach at a level that established a standard of excellence for teaching fly tying to others. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates those standards and excels in teaching the art of fly tying to tiers at all skill levels. The criteria are as follows:
Darwin Atkin set the standard for preserving the artform of fly tying in many ways from his contagious inspiration of other fly tiers to do more, to the unique patterns he designed that included his “California Girl”. He was noted for his hand-tied sculpins but especially for the Fly Plate Construction Program he developed that earned Fly Fishers International substantial revenue. This award was created in his honor to recognize an FFI member whose long-term contribution to fly tying is widely recognized and respected. This award is for outstanding achievement, demonstrated commitment and significant advancement of the craft and art of fly tying.
This award was established by the Fly Tying Group in 2014. For all details regarding the award criteria and submission instructions please click here.
This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to expand Fly Fishers International world-wide furthering the mission and vision of the organization. Contributions, including development organizationally, member engagement, program growth and delivery of benefits and opportunities (i.e. Conservation, Learning Center, Grants and Scholarships), should have been made over a period of years.
This award honors Lee Wulff who is well known as a pioneer in fly fishing and conservation of fishes and their habitats, recognizes manufacturers or a retail business that demonstrates outstanding innovation in the fly fishing industry through their products and stewardship of natural resources. The criteria are as follows:
The recipient of this award shall receive a certificate.
Roderick Haig-Brown was an avid fly fisher, pioneer conservationist and acclaimed author of many books on, rivers, fishes and fly fishing. This award is presented to a fly fishing author whose work embodies the philosophy and spirit of Roderick Haig-Brown, particularly a respect for the ethics and traditions of fly fishing and an understanding of rivers and their inhabitants.
The award need not be given every year, but only when a truly fitting nominee comes forward.
This award is named after the highly prized saltwater trophy, the Tarpon, and presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the sport of saltwater fly fishing. The criteria are as follows:
Nominations received by the deadline will be forwarded to the Chair of the Saltwater Committee for that Committee's recommendation of the most qualified nominee.
This award presented to an individual, group or organization that has made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of fisheries resources during the past year. The criteria are as follows:
Aldo Leopold, known as the “Father of Modern Wildlife Management”, was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator and writer, best known for his concept the “land ethic”, which calls for an ethical, caring relationship with nature. This award is presented to an individual honoring them for a lifetime of fisheries conservation work. The criteria is as follows:
All nominations will be routed by the Awards Chair to the VP Conservation for evaluation of each nominee and the VP Conservation will make recommendations to the Awards Committee.
This award presented to a Fly Fishers International Council President who has demonstrated unusual devotion to FFI and through outstanding contributions has benefited FFI as an International organization. Requirements are as follows:
This award is to recognize leadership accomplishment in the areas of Club and Council fly fishing activities and education, conservation, and membership growth at the council level. This award will be awarded by the Executive Committee of the Board of FFI.
This award is presented to individuals who have made significant, long-term contributions to fly casting instruction. Contributions may include teaching, innovation in fly casting techniques, writing, motivation and sharing their knowledge of teaching to advance goals of the Casting Instructor Certification Program.
This award, honoring Mel Krieger a well-known figure in the instruction of fly casting and author of the original Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor Program, is presented in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the FFI Certified Casting Instructor Program, have dedicated themselves to fly casting instruction and have shared their knowledge with others.
This award is presented to an individual, group, or organization who has demonstrated unusual devotion to increasing the diversity of the FFI community by expanding the involvement of women. This award is to recognize leadership and service on the regional, national, and/or international level.
Committee awards are presented by the Fly Fishers International Board Committees. Recipients of Committee Awards are recognized at meeting times and locations selected by the Committee.
An award presented to an individual contributing to warmwater fly fishing and fisheries in memory of Dr. James A. Henshall, 19th century author and early advocate for bass as a gamefish. This award may be made to an individual, a club, a group or other organization for extraordinary achievements in conservation of warm water fisheries. This annual award is made to an individual or organization for an outstanding fishery management plan for a pond, stream, lake or reservoir that makes a significant contribution to the protection, restoration or enhancement of a warm water fishery.
The nomination will be routed to the Warm Water Committee for their recommendation for an individual or a club to be nominated for the award, each must be a member of the Federation in good standing, a group or organization, such as the Smallmouth Bass Alliance which covers several states, need not be a FFI affiliate.
Criteria for the individual nominee will include published articles and books related to the warm water fisheries. Such should include fish habitat, developed fishing techniques for various species, promotion and practice of fishing ethics to include "Catch and Release". Additionally, the individual nominee should have initiated and directed a warm water fisheries conservation project.
An affiliated club must initiate and participate in a warm water fisheries conservation project to be considered for this award. Application should be made to the Awards Chair who will forward them to the Warm Water Committee for their recommendation.
Floyd Franke, a long-time member of Fly Fishers International, served as Chairman of the Casting Board of Governors for five years. The Floyd Franke award is presented to honor those who have made significant contributions to advance the Casting Instructors Certification Program through their long term involvement, commitment of personal time and effort, program development and extensive revitalization or transforming leadership.
Jay Gammel and his son Bill distilled their passion and knowledge of fly casting into a short booklet on “The Essentials of Fly Casting”, which Fly Fishers International printed in 1990. The booklet identifies and explains the basic elements needed to make a successful cast and has become a classic for teachers and students alike. This award is presented to honor those who have made a lasting contribution to fly casting instruction in the form of written publications, instructional course materials or electronic media.
This award is presented in recognition of continued support of the Casting Instructor Certification Program through mentoring, teaching and inspiring students.
This award is presented in recognition of service to the Casting Instructor Certification Program.
This award is presented by an FFI Council to an individual who has demonstrated unusual devotion to FFI and outstanding contributions benefiting the Council.
All award nominations are due by April 1 of each year. Nominations must be submitted using the online nomination form which can be found by clicking here.