Capt. Nick Angelo
Capt. Dan Bumgarner
Capt. Frank Bourgeois
Offshore Hernando County
Capt. Bryon Chamberlin
Capt. Dave Chouinard
Capt. Pat Damico
Capt. Dave Dant
Sarasota Bay area
Capt. Rick Grassett
Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay
Capt. Pete Greenan
Boca Grande, Everglades
Capt. Paul Hawkins
Capt. Ray Markham
Sarasota and Tampa Bay
Capt. Russ Shirley
Capt. Wayne Simmons
Tampa Bay Area
Capt. Steve Soults
Nature Coast Area
Capt. Jason Stock
Welcome to Suncoast Fly Fishers' Web Site. We invite you to check out our newsletter and Web site to get a feel for our programs, outings, and events. Visit a meeting to let us get to know each other better. Guests are always welcome to our meetings and outings. Please take a moment to give us your feedback about yourself and our club by completing our online survey.
IFFF- FLORIDA COUNCIL EXPO
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The Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and the Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers will jointly host the next Florida Fly Fishing Expo October 18- 19, 2013, at the Plantation on Crystal River.
The Plantation is a beautiful facility that is well suited for the show with direct access to Kings Bay for fishing, plenty of green space for outdoor events, good food and many other amenities that include a 27-hole golf course. The general themes of the Plantation and the Crystal River area are recreation on the water, fishing and seafood…a perfect venue for our next Fly Fishing Show.
Planning is underway for a show that will include fly tying demonstrations by some of the best in the southeast, casting clinics by FFF Certified Casting Instructors, many programs and workshops on fly fishing and related topics, an auction and raffles, a banquet and several days of visiting about fly fishing and more.
So, reserve those dates now, plan to attend watch for more information regarding reservation details and a full program. Meanwhile, Mr. Tom H. Logan may be contacted for more information at 850-212-5396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call the Plantation Inn reservations department at 800-632-6262 and mention the Florida Council - Federation of Fly Fishers
Rates Valid October 13 - 22, 2013 ( 3 days pre and post event dates)
$96.00 Hotel Rooms - King or Double - Single or Double Occupancy
$116.00 for Patio Rooms - King or Double - Single or Double Occupancy
All rates subject to states sales and county tax totaling 9%
2013 PRESS RELEASES IN PDF FORMAT
1/11/2013 - Announcing dates and location
3/5/2013 - Announcing The Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and the Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers will jointly host the next Florida Fly Fishing Expo.
8/11/13 - EXPO Press Release - long and short version by David Lambert
For you to PRINT and POST in your store, clubhouse and other locations
8/12/13 - EXPO FLYER featuring Chico and Flip - print size 8.5 x 11 (in pdf format)
8/21/13 - EXPO POSTER featuring Chico and Flip - with the sponsors - print size 11 x 17 ( in pdf format)
Support from the following sponsors is greatly appreciated
Swann's Fly Shop - Dade City; Jim Harters Online Fly Shop; Bonefish Tarpon Trust
Martin Carranza - Chime Lodge Argentina/Nervous Waters Travel; Bill Jacksons
Raz Reid - Sage, RIO, Redington, Tibor, Fishpond; Bob Wilkinson Fly Fishing
James Buice - Nautilus, Scott, Howler Bros., Airflo; Cortland Line Company
Guy Tillotson - TFO, Galvan, Royal Wulff, Teeny, Rainey's The Fly Shop of Miami
Ben Austin - Hardy, True Flies clothing, Scientific Anglers, Ross; South Fork Rod Co
Dave Chouinard – Simms, Lamson Waterworks; Citrus County Chronicle
Renzetti Fly Tying Vises and Tools; Suncoast Rod Crafters Club
The Florida Fly Fishing EXPO 2013
Take a look at what we are offering - then register!
Pre-registration form is now online!
This is a social event so bring the whole family and all your friends. There will be a gathering for Pizza on Friday evening and a huge banquet on Saturday. You are all encouraged to attend. A money saving raffle will help you bring home all the latest equipment, take that trip of a lifetime or acquire those wonderful toys all fly fishers need.
Accommodations are beautiful and Plantation has shown their support by offering heavily discounted room rates to all who can stay. In addition they will be donating to the council for everyone who rooms with them. So... your stay will assist the council in bringing the services of the IFFF to all Florida anglers. Mark your calendars, down load the registration form and mail it in just as soon as it becomes available online.
Return to this site for more info.
We will be offering seminars and programs for everyone. Some will be free and some you will need to register for. Your support the Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers is an important contribution to conservation and fly fishing education in Florida.
Programs and Seminars
The Council wishes everyone have a chance to go to the seminars or programs of their choice. We are therefore not charging any set fee for these. We ask that you donate an amount you can afford to defray the costs. If you can not afford to donate you are still invited to attend. The council wants to bring the services of the Federation to you in a manner that shows our core values. Those are: education and the promotion of fly fishing. No price or cost can substitute for the dissemination of good fellowship and a love of the sport.
View Current Schedule of Speakers, Programs and Workshops
Kids under 16 are FREE.
International Fly Fishing Fair
September 24-28, 2013
West Yellowstone, MT
Union Pacific Dining Hall
Copy this link and paste it in your browser for a great video for tying the Glass Shrimp
For those of us with multiple lines;
It’s a great idea, who ever thought of it. As fly lines get unspooled and respooled it easy to lose track of exactly which line is which. This simple short hand system for keeping up with line weights is a life saver.
Mark the line on each end with a sharpie. Heavy blocks represent a value of five and thin lines represent a value of one. Just like “V” and “I” in Roman numerals. So a heavy block and three lines means this is an eight weight line. Couldn’t be simpler. Mark both ends so you can quickly identify a line whether it’s on the spool or on the reel.
I’m sure this will be old news to many of you but if this is the first time you’ve heard of it, you’re going to love it.
Be sure to label the lines the same each time, if it is a weight forward then put the higher number first such as VIII for an weight forward 8wt
Here is a short trailer from MidCurrent Fly Fishing on Dorado on the fly. Just copy and paste the url.
For those who enjoy the feel of bamboo or would like to maybe some day own one of these beautiful rods, follow those link to a excellent documentary video called "Trout Grass"
Fort DeSoto Park Celebrated Its 50th Anniversary – May 11.
Saturday May 11 Ft. DeSoto celebrated its 50th anniversary and SFF had a booth. The event started at 9:00 AM and lasted most of the day. The celebration was sponsored by Friends of Fort De Soto and Monica Craig coordinated the volunteer groups. There were several other conservation and preservation groups and even a karate club. Bandstand entertainment kept the music going most of the day. We were at the site of the Old Fort. Mark Craig, Toni Fernstrom, Tom Gadacz, Ken Hofmeister, Alan Sewell, and Tom Trukenbrod were tying flies, giving casting instructions, and telling fly fishing stories. The day started off with a presentation of the colors by a Boy Scout troop (fig-1). We set up our table in the shade. Toni was our fly tier and the rest of us took turns with fly casting (fig-2). We used our club rods and a youth rod that we received thru a grant from Fish Florida. Alan set up a casting skills station with a hula hoop at 30 feet and markers at 40, 50, and 60 feet. We had a group of 20 + youngsters who acquired some casting skills (figs-3&4). Some adults also picked up a few casting pointers from Mark Craig (fig-5). Volunteers kept us well supplied with cold water and at noon hot dogs, chips and Gatorade were available. Alan kept asking for ice cream but the closest they could come to that was snow cones.
From the pages of the International Federation of Fly Fishers:
Greenlee visits Suncoast Fly Fishers
Philip Greenlee, president of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), addressed Suncoast Fly Fishers March 23 as the St. Petersburg-Clearwater fly fishing club held its 10th annual "Hog Roast" fundraising dinner.
Greenlee praised Suncoast Fly Fishers for programs teaching fly fishing and fly tying to young anglers and scouts, as well as to recovering military veterans through IFFF's Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program. He spoke of the importance of supporting IFFF conservation goals and outlined the IFFF certification program for fly casting instructors. Greenlee noted that Suncoast Fly Fishers club has several IFFF Certified Master Casting Instructors who regularly hold casting instruction.
Suncoast Fly Fishers held its silent auction fundraising dinner at the new Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum, a 33,000-square foot facility in Largo, Florida, spotlighting the rich history and a more-active future of angling on the Florida Gulf Coast.
Before the dinner, Greenlee toured the fishing center with founder and chief executive Jim Simons and Suncoast Fly Fishers President Thomas Gadacz, also president of the Florida Council of the IFFF. (The photo, at top, shows Greenlee and Gadacz outside the entrance.) A major purpose of Greenlee's visit was to see a newly designed wall-sized display of images and artwork celebrating saltwater fly fishing, a project which IFFF helped fund. Suncoast Fly Fishers is a Charter Club of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Suncoast Fly Fishers, with 130 active members, is one of Florida's largest fly fishing clubs.
The new Florida Gulf Coast fishing center actively supports fishing clubs in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area and hosts summer youth fishing camps. Local artists decorate museum walls with historical fishing photos and artwork. More than 4,000 students will visit the center on field trips each school year. The center also hosts a pancake breakfast and open market on Saturday mornings.
Suncoast Fly Fishers was founded in 1992 by a group of St. Petersburg fly anglers which later included Carl Hanson, known for creating the Bendback Minnow fly and by Don Coleman, author of Wading the Saltwater Flats with a Fly Rod.
Members meet for professional presentations, fly-tying and fly-casting sessions monthly at Walter Fuller Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. The clubs holds a fly fishing and picnic outing on Saturdays following each meeting. Suncoast Fly Fishers also sponsors outreach programs teaching fly-tying, casting and rod building through Project Healing Water Fly Fishing (PHWFF).
For more information, visit the websites of the Suncoast Fly Fishers, International Federation of Fly Fishers, and the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum.
And our own President Tom Gadacz
- President of the Florida Council
Thomas R. Gadacz, M.D., was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from University of Notre Dame and did a surgical residency at the University of Chicago and University of California, San Francisco. Gadacz served two years in the U.S. Navy, with a year in Vietnam as a Marine Battalion Surgeon. He was a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins and became Professor and Chairman of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. Gadacz is retired and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Tie - A - Thon
May 16th General Meeting
Just a reminder, the May meeting is our semi-annual Fly Tie-A-Thon. Bring your vice and supplies and join your peers tying that special fly that you enjoy and find productive. Share ideas with your friends and maybe learn a new pattern or idea that will help you tie better.
Pizza and soft drinks will be provided during the meeting
A few pictures from the Everglades weekend
How can fly fishing clubs increase their membership and keep members interested in the club? There are multiple ways such as having interesting programs, outings and banquets. One of the events that have been very good for the Suncoast Fly Fishers is casting clinics. These started before I was a member of the club and have developed into a well-organized event that is a highlight of our activities. The only catch to attend the two per annum clinics is membership in IFFF. Or you can pay $50 or join IFFF. Everyone joins. Below is the write up of our most recent event and several comments from members.
Tom Gadacz, President, Suncoast Fly Fishers
Suncoast Fly Fishers hosts another Casting Clinic for IFFF members
Maximo Park, St. Petersburg, was the location of a full day of fly casting Saturday, March 16. Some members of Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club joined SFFC for a casting clinic that takes place every spring and fall at no cost to IFFF members. Participants who did not belong to IFFF joined that day. Pat Damico, MCI, who has given these programs since 2007 asked MCI Dayle Mazzarella to be the lead instructor for this event. Dayle applies many years of teaching and coaching skills to his approach to teaching fly fishing. They were joined by TBFFC members John Hand, MCI, Leigh West, and Steve Parker as they coached almost 30 participants through a well prepared program designed to improve everyone's casting skills whether beginner or advanced. All areas of casting were covered as well as a series of events at the end of the day designed to apply these skills to some casting challenges similar to the Big Gun Shootout competition held every November sponsored by the Tampa Club. After a great lunch and fellowship, smaller groups benefited from individual instruction in areas such as line mending, quick casts, change of direction casts, casting in the wind, accuracy and distance. This was an outstanding example of how our members can continue to benefit and increase their fly fishing skills under the watchful eye of good instructors.
I want to thank all who participated as well as Barbara Mazzarella who helped Dayle set up and take down his unique casting aids that made this such a wonderful event.
Alan Sewell and Richard Oldenski SFFC members provided coffee, donuts and lunch to the group.
Pat Damico, MCI
The review sheets completed by participants say it all. A few examples:
"Got my SFF membership back 10 fold"
"Wow, what an amazing collection of instructors"
"With the exception of Conclave, this is the best instruction ever"
"This was fantastic, could not be better"
"Good for all levels, I did not feel out of place being a beginner"
"Individual hands on was excellent"
EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA
IFFF President Phil Greenlee Attends SFF Annual Hog Roast and Silent Auction. We are delighted that President Phil Greenlee, president of our International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) will be attending our annual event. IFFF formerly FFF (Federation of Fly Fishers) has become an international organization with many members in Europe and Asia. This is our parent organization and offers many benefits to Charter clubs such as ours. Phil will give us some first-hand insights about IFFF. Some of the benefits include liability insurance, the TFO rod program for recruiting new members and the certification of fly casting instructors. IFFF supports conservation and youth programs. Phil and IFFF have financially supported the fly fishing exhibit you will see at the Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Center and Interactive Museum. This is your chance to meet the President of IFFF.
In addition, Jim Simons, President of the Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Center and Interactive Museum will be telling us about the center and his vision for getting kids interested in fishing. Jim is a real asset to Florida fishing and supports several Pinellas County School fishing clubs. He has allowed us to display the fly fishing exhibit in the museum.
In the March issue you will find the program for our 10th Annual Hog Roast and Silent auction. Not only will we have some spectacular items for auction and bucket raffles but a program of SFF activities in 2012. You can be proud of your club and we have done some amazing things. Your support of these programs has made all of this possible. Make your reservations at the meeting on March 21 or call us so we can plan for the number of meals. Contact me at email@example.com or Paul Sequira at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you tie it the Fish will come!
Layne Smith set a new standard for SFF fly tying classes as he completed his recent class. His students included Frank Moss, Woody Miller, Bill AuCoin, Alan Sewell, Ken Hofmeister, Kirk Burton, George Hasletine, Dan Bumgarner, and Dave McKay.
We thought we knew how to tie flies and signed up for a tune-up. What a surprise! First, we got a list of materials (from Peccary to Badger hair). Then, we got a list of resources and web sites. Enver Hysni put together a package of materials for each tier as a convenience for us. John and Mark Craig made a conference room available at their business.
Smitty enlisted the photographic aid of Paul Sequira to compile a magnificent color manual showing the flies we would be tying, and step by step instructions for the process.
Flies included: My Glass Minnow, Deadhead Minnow, Redfish Merlot, Golden Eyed Shrimp, Summer’s Tide, Mangrove Snook Fly, Tarpon Toad, and Cockroach. All are killer patterns proven productive in our West Coast waters.
Don Coleman observed that there were two kinds of fly tiers: engineers and poets. They both produced flies using different approaches. Smitty is clearly the engineer with step-by-step attention to detail and sequence. His feedback was always kind but specific: “nice fly but have you ever seen gills in front of the eyes on a minnow?” We found that sequence matters as we untied in order to tie it right.
Laughter was a hallmark of this class as we teased and tormented each other. When Dr. Frank Moss dropped his vise, we said we would not want anyone that clumsy operating on us. Smitty went far beyond our expectations in supplying the right materials and hooks for each fly. We not only saw the step demonstrated; but, we also saw the tips and techniques that made his flies “presentation” quality as opposed to “fish ready.”
To be Florida's leading fly-fishing club, helping members have more fun fly-casting, fly-fishing, and fly-tying. We strive to gain new knowledge and/or skill at every meeting and event.
Meeting Member Needs: Suncoast Fly Fishers, Inc. will continuously seek to understand and meet the personal and practical needs of members. A key to attracting and retaining members is to meet or exceed their needs.
Constant Improvement: We believe we can always improve the way we tie, cast, fish, and educate. We are committed to continually improving how we function as we benchmark with other groups. We solicit improvement ideas for our processes, services, and ourselves. We are committed to preserving our waters and marine resources. We keep searching for more productive ways to enjoy our sport.
Friendliness: SFF strives to be a friendly, inclusive, and unpretentious group of fly-fishers who have fun learning and fishing together. New members will find themselves welcomed, respected, invited, and needed.
Monthly outings alternate between salt and fresh water. Monthly programs feature a wide range of topics that help us fish, tie, and cast better. Casting clinics, fly-tying workshops, and rod building classes build member skills. “Booster Shots” for casting and tying are offered from 6:30-7:00 before the meetings.
As a Federation of Fly Fishers charter club, we fish with and learn from other FFF clubs. Education and conservation of marine resources are priorities for us.
Feel free to contact us with your questions, comments, or concerns.
President, Suncoast Fly Fishers