Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Next weekend is the Gulf Coast Fly Fishing Fair

The 4th annual Gulf Coast Fly Fishing Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, at the Ocean Springs Civic Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Council - Fly Fishers International (FFI), it features free presentations, casting lessons, beginner classes, tying demonstrations, auctions and raffles, and more. It's open to the public.  And best of all, it's FREE!

The GCC consists of FFI clubs and members in Louisiana, Mississippi, south Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.  While the majority of attendees are FFI members or members of FFI clubs, this family-friendly event is open to the public.  Beginners and youth are enouraged to attend.

For those looking to improve their fly casting skills, the GCC Fair offers the largest contingent of FFI Certified and Master Certified instructors of any event on the Gulf Coast.  Also, Boy and Girl Scouts have the opportunity to work on their Fly Fishing Merit Badge.

The Friday night casual buffet and Awards Dinner will be held also at the OSCC. It will feature an auction rich with prizes including art, fly tackle, guided trips, award winning fly plates, and much more. Along with the day raffles, proceeds will benefit the Gulf Coast Marine Research Lab, and conservation projects within the council boundaries of Louisiana, Mississippi, south Alabama and Florida panhandle.

This will be fourth GCC event named as the "Gulf Coast Fly Fishing Fair".  Prior to  Texas separating from the Council, the GCC held five events named as the "FFF Gulf Coast Expo".  It also should be noted that earlier this year, the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) changed their name to Fly Fishers International (FFI).

Complete details - including a schedule of events and programs - can be found on the GCC website at