By Tom Gadacz
The President's Message
FFI Changes and Member Benefits.
April-May 2017 PDF format
The ANNUAL REPORT
January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Submitted: February 15, 2016
Florida Council Board
President: Tom Gadacz
1st Vice President: Tom Logan
Treasurer: Ron Winn
Secretary: Rick Warfel
Directors at Large
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EXPO 2018 WAS HELD AT THE PLANTATION INN FEBRUARY 9-10
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Photos from EXPO 2016 "CASTING THE PERFECT WEEKEND" are available on our Facebook page - You do not have to be a member of Facebook to view them - just follow this link https://www.facebook.com/International-Federation-of-Fly-Fishers-Florida-Council-146437518751967/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1285489414846766
ICAST 2018 and Fly Fishers International (FFI)
ICAST, an International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, is the world's largest sportfishing trade show and showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel. ICAST is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to drive recreational fishing product sales year-round. This is where manufactures and merchants determine the fishing products that will be available for consumers during the coming year.
The primary organizations that comprise ICAST are the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) and the International Fly Tackle Dealers. It is an annual event and for the last 3 years has been held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. It was held July 10 -13 and occupied the entire South Course Exhibit Hall with over 600 exhibitors. The majority of exhibitors displayed conventional tackle and accessories. Fly fishing exhibitors were located in the northeast area of the Hall around two water casting pools. Related activities included fly tying and casting competitions, seminars on many aspects of fly fishing and meetings of various industries and recreational organizations. The goal of all participants was to encourage more public participation in fishing and balance this with sound resource management of our public lands, waters and fisheries.
This is the third year for FFI to participate in the event. Our exhibit was located at the end of one of the casting pools, and many attendees came by the booth to visit about FFI programs. Some were FFI members and a few joined as new FFI members. Topics of discussion typically were of how other organizations might collaborate with FFI on conservation and education programs, improving membership recruitment and retention, assisting with fly tying and casting instruction for Boy Scouts of America and how to prepare for FFI's Casting Instructor Certification programs.
The FFI Exhibit we used this year was a new design that consisted of three tall panels of information and great photos and flanked with two sails, one that displayed our new logo boldly and the other our new Learning Center. Many new brochures were displayed on topics that included safe handling of fishes, conservation and membership. One of the most popular items were copies of our most recent Flyfisher magazine. Staffing of the booth included Tom Logan, Chairman of the FFI Board of Directors; Michael Schweit, member of FFI Board of Directors; Rick Warfel, Secretary FFI FL Council; Karen Warfel, Treasurer of Suncoast Fly Fishers; Craig Smothers, FFI FL Council member; Quin Berry, member of Suncoast Fly Fishers and Tom Gadacz, President of FFI Florida Council and a Suncoast Fly Fishers member.
Tom Gadacz and Tom Logan
July 15, 2018
July 24, 2018 - We had another fly casting session on July 24 with 22 youths.