Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thomas Gadacz, President, IFFF Florida Council

  • President's Report
    International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and Bend, Oregon 2015

    The IFFF had its 50th Anniversary and Fair in Bend, Oregon this year from August 13-15. There were many highlights including Joan Wulff, icon of fly fishing and casting as well as some of the past presidents and founding members. President Phil Greenlee celebrated the event with the Frank and Jeanne Moore Award. This award honored Frank for all his contributions to fly fishing and community service. Nathaniel Reed, an avid fly fisher, was the recipient and had a distinguished career in the Department of Interior where he instituted many good practices including the Clean Water Act. The event was hosted by the Oregon Council President, Sherry Steele and the members of the Council. Most of the meetings were at the Riverhouse Convention Center. There were over 80 workshops and program and over 100 fly tiers. Programs included fly fishing, casting, tying, youth and women's programs.

    The Awards banquet honored many contributors including Florida members Leslie Holmes, the Mel Krieger Casting Award, Tom Logan, IFF Conservation Award, Ron Winn, Federator Award, and Ken Hofmeister, the IFFF FL Council Award. See below for details of these awards.

    It was a great opportunity to observe and talk to many great fly tiers as well as getting some casting instructions from many of the best. The vendors represented many of the major manufactures of equipment and supplies, outings, lodges, boats, foreign trips, and related activities. Wednesday evening was the Awards Banquet, Thursday social at the Lea Schwab Amphitheater, Friday evening the auction and dinner, and Saturday evening the BBQ.

    The Fair is a great opportunity to see old friends and make some new ones. In addition to attending some of the sessions, I volunteered in the Youth Program and also did some fishing in the middle Deschutes and Tumulo Creek.

    Prior to the meeting Nick, my son and I did some serious fishing in the Lower Deschutes and East Lake. Nick had the catch of the day with a 20+ inch rainbow (a.k.a. steelhead). We also caught some nice browns and a white fish. Steve Erickson from Jeff Perin's The Fly Fisher's Place was an excellent guide. We fished the Deschutes from Warm Spring to Trout Creek.

    Sherry Steele, Oregon Council President hosted the Council Presidents Committee retreat on Saturday and Sunday so we had a great social time and some fishing. We fished the Metolius River in several spots. It is a spectacular river with great water which maintains a constant temperature of 48 degrees. It was probably one of the most beautiful rivers with the blue colored gorge at Wizard Falls. Tom Gadacz:President, IFFF Florida Council
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