FLORIDA COUNCIL EXPO 2018 SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS
FFI-Florida Council Presents EXPO 2018
Friday, February 9, 2018 - Saturday, November 10, 2018
Plantation on Crystal River, FL
9301 W Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Florida 34429
Registration Opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018
To attend the banquet you must register online.
(updated 1/29/2018 subject to change)
IGFA Hall of Fame
Born: Miami, FL
Favorite Fish: Snook
Two Favorite Saltwater Flies: Hot-lips
Steve Huff is a legendary guide. He began guiding in 1968 in the Florida Keys after graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in marine biology. In 2010, he became the first full time professional fishing guide ever inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. His insatiable curiosity and passion for being on the water have driven him and his clients to nearly 50 years of great friendships and fishing.
Steve possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the details of caught fish, tidal influences on a particular area or flat, or how fishable a location will be in various sets of conditions. His knowledge is not only grounded in the cumulative total of 50 plus years of fishing, but also hidden behind the power of observation and his dedication to continued learning at every opportunity.
As a pioneer of the tarpon fishery in Homosassa, Florida, Steve guided angler Tom Evans to six tarpon world records on four different line classes. Together with Del Brown, they popularized permit fishing, developing techniques for catching them on fly tackle with Steve guiding anglers to well over 2000 permit on the fly. Steve and his anglers were formidable competition during Keys fishing tournaments. In the 1970s and 1980s he guided anglers to 13 championships in the Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament, the Islamorada Invitational Bonefish Tournament, and the Islamorada Invitational Fly Bonefish Tournament.
Fishing buddies for decades, good friend Sandy Moret says of Steve, "He is without question the top fly fishing guide on the planet".
Steve's' Programs: Techniques for Fly Fishing for Record Permit - and The Quick Cast - Technique in Targeting Fish
Jon Cave is recognized as one of our sport's top educators whether it be casting, guiding, fly tying or traveling. Jon has fished for many species of fish and his quests have carried him around the world. He has authored countless articles in many of our sports magazines. He teaches a fly fishing school which he founded in the mid 70's which is likely the longest running class in the south and one of the longest in the country. Whether pursuing local quarries like bass, shad, redfish or spotted seatrout or such gamesters as bonefish, permit or golden dorado Jon has done it. He has published a number of books including the travel centered book"Fly-fishing Odyssey"and the recently published "Performance Fly Casting" ; which is a guide to casting that is spot on and very well illustrated by Joe Mahler.
He has received numerous awards over the years including the prestigious Federation of Fly Fisher's Silver King award which goes to those who have help promote and advance salt water fly fishing. Some prior recipients include Lefty, Lou Tabory, and Nick Curcione, all presenters at our club. Through all of this Jon's hat size has remained the same and he is one of the friendliest, down to earth, approachable and willing to share person you will meet.
Learn from his classes:The Turnover in Fly Casting
His web site is: www.jonbcaveflyfishing.com
Joe Mahler is a fly fishing author, illustrator, casting instructor and freshwater guide living in Fort Myers, Florida. His work appears in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, Outdoor Life and other publications. Joe is also the author and illustrator of "Essential Knots & Rigs for Trout" and "Essential Knots & Rigs for Salt Water" (Stackpole Books).
As one of the nation's leading fly casting instructors, Joe has been seen casting away in national television commercials for Bass Pro Shops, Tracker and Mako Boats. When not fishing the historic backcountry of Southwest Florida and the Everglades, he can be found teaching fly casting to enthusiasts of all levels at through private lessons and clinics. Joe's easy-going approach and effortless fly casting style have made him a popular guest speaker at fishing clubs and sports shows.
Joe is currently a member of the Dyna-King Professional Tying Team. Mahler's popular fly pattern creations -the Straw Boss and the Single-strand Monofilament Shrimp have been featured in several magazine articles and books.
In 2018, Reilly Rod Crafters released the Mahler Signature Series fly rods. The series features two rods, the Lily Pad 5/6 weight and the Cypress 7/8 weight. Both models feature a unique grip designed for comfort and stability and come in colors pulled directly from nature.
Joe will be teaching the class: Effortless Fly Casting
To learn more, visit www.joemahler.com
Dave grew up fishing the Indian River for snook, trout, redfish, tarpon and bonefish. He as been fishing for over 35 years and all of them have become his favorites.
A Certified Master Casting Instructor, Olson has won long distance fly casting competitions with casts of more than 130-feet.
Mona grew up fishing with her dad in the Delaware Water Gap and on lakes in the Northeast. She has a BS in Biology, an MA in education and a BS in nursing.
A veteran board member of Bonefish Tarpon Trust, she is also president of the Bonefish Bonnies, one of the largest women’s fishing clubs in Florida. She spends half the year in the Florida Keys and splits the balance of her time between the Kennebago River in northwest Maine and trout streams in the western U.S.
Mona has traveled extensively throughout North, Central and South America, the Bahamas and the Caribbean with fly rod in hand. A Certified FFI Instructor, she believes that casting is just as much fun as fishing, and she is always looking for ways to open the world of fly-fishing for others.
Mona will be giving: Fly Casting Programs for Women (Open to the Public)
Dayle has successfully presented many fly casting clinics to large and small groups of varying casting abilities across the United States.
He has been guiding fly fishing trips in Wyoming for the past twenty-five years, and
currently guides fly fishing trips in Western Wyoming from June through September.
Dayle spends his Winter and Spring fishing Tampa Bay and he has fished in Baja, Alaska, South America, Spain, New Zealand, and the Bahamas.
Ed has been an environmental advocate since his first backpacking trips in the California High Sierras more than 4 decades ago.
He is an active outdoorsman and passionate fly fisherman who enjoys fly fishing throughout the United States, Canada and the Bahamas.
He competes in the ACA Fly Casting National Tournaments with very modest success.
Ed is also an active member and certified FFI fly casting instructor and a Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain.
Ed's program is ...Fly Fishing the Everglades -Zen Experience
Chair, Conservation Committee
Fly Fishers International
Dave is a semi-retired school superintendent who fly fishes as much as he can. His home water is the Pere Marquette River in Michigan and he also fishes regularly in Montana, Maine, Florida and the Turks and Caicos.
David's Program: Fly Fishers International Conservation Activities
David Lambert of Atlantic Beach, Florida, a Master Casting Instructor, author of "Smart Casts: The New Approach to Fly Casting & Practice" and editor, will share his secrets for catching big redfish in marsh grass and demonstrate the fly casts necessary for success.
Lambert was 2002 SEC-FFF Man of The Year and was Co-Youth Chair for the SEC for 10 years.
David Lambert and staff will be teaching: Saturday- Boy Scouts & Youth Program. Fly tying, knot tying, fly casting.
Dave moved to Volusia County, Florida from the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, where he frequently spent his time tying demos and teaching tying classes at fly shops, clubs, schools and in his home.
For several decades Dave has been a regular in the tying aisles at International Fly Fishing Shows, Fly Tying Symposiums, and Conclaves.
He has become a National and International award winning fly tyer well known for some of his unique and innovative patterns, tying techniques and philosophy on tying.
Dave will teach : Tying with Synthetics-Basic and Beyond
Peggy resides in NH, one hour from some of the best saltwater and freshwater fly fishing in New England. Starting with the basic trout and saltwater flies, progressed to Classic Maine Streamers at United Fly Tyers, and now Classic Salmon flies with a one year apprenticeship through the NH Council for the Arts; Traditional Arts Program. Newly retired, Peggy writes, "I have my second apprentice through the same program for a year(2017) to pass on the skills."
Peggy was a feature fly tier as part of the; “A Graceful Rise” exhibit featuring women of the past, present, and future influential to the world of fly fishing at the American Fly Fishing Museum. Peggy is a Board member ot the FFI Fly Tying Group and Fly Tying Chair of the FFI Faire, past President of International Women’s Fly Fishers and an Advisor to United Fly Tyers. She is also a member of several pro-staff teams including Whiting Farms, Partridge of Redditch, Regal. Mostly, she says,"I enjoy fly fishing and sharing the sport with others."
Craig Smothers & Peggy's workshop is : Tying the Prince of Tides & Gray Ghost - bring your instruments
Born in Baltimore, at age 12 Gary moved to Western Maryland. There he fell in love with fly fishing. His first fly was tied with a pair of vise grips and materials from his moms sewing cabinet. He's been tying for 30 years since.
Gary is a 20 year US Navy Veteran, and has fished all around the world.
He is now a full time student at the University of West Florida, and produces a fishing lure called Crappie Candy.
Gary's program is: Tying the Fuzzy Bunny
Tom is Chair of the FFI Board of Directors. He fishes and guides the panhandle of Florida.
Tom's program is Fly Fishing Opportunities for Warm Water Fishes in North Florida
Jim fishes the east coast of Florida. He is active in the conservation issues and involved in many organizations. He is President of the Treasure Coast Stuart Fly Rodders.
Jim's Class: Fly Fishing for Tarpon and Snook on Florida East Coast.
Jen is editor and publisher of Dun magazine. She is a member of the FFI Board of Directors.
Jen's Classes: Taking the Intimidation out of Tarpon Fishing and History of Women in Fly Fishing and History of Women in Fly Fishing
Captain Pat Damico
Master Casting Instructor Capt. Pat Damico of St. Pete Beach will teach his Emergency Casting Clinic for on-the-spot solutions for a variety of casting challenges.
Captain Frank Catino
Frank will be teaching: Fly Lines: Composition and Selection
Captain Eric Davis
Eric will be teaching: Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon in the Indian River Lagoon
Captain Byron Chamberlain
Byron will be teaching: DIY Bone Fishing in the Keys & Bahamas
Nick is on the Bone Fish Tarpon Trust faculty and in involved in field research.
His class will be: Best Practices for Catch & Release Fishing
Raz is on the Sage board and will be on the panel discussing future trends in fly fishing.
Captain Rick Grassett
Rick is a guide in the Sarasota area and a member of the Mangrove Fly Fishers. He is giving a program on Fly Fishing for Snook at Night.
Jim is participating in the panel on future trends in fly fishing.
Bill is giving a group session on tying with synthetics - Basic and Beyond.
Captain John Hand
John fishes and guides in the Everglades area and will team up with Jim Patchet to conduct casting games.
Leigh is a member of the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club and fishes the Tampa Bay area. He is superb fly tier and a stealth fly fisher. He is giving a program on Wading the Flats.
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