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Gulf Coast Classic
The inaugural Gulf Coast Classic was held May 4-6, 2023 at the Learning Campus of Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. The successful event was orchestrated and hosted by the Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International. Chairperson for this FFI region council is AJ Rosenbohm.
There were over 200 attendees. The event kicked off with a sunrise mixed-bag fishing tournament. From there the conclave offered a wide range of activities ranging from instructional fly tying to fly casting. The FFI Board of Directors was strongly represented conducting business and interacting with participants.
Renown regional and national fly tyers provided demonstrations and participant hands-on opportunities. Tyers included Dr. Ed Lash, Jerry Coviello, Tom Logan, and Fred Hannie.
Over the two day conclave more than six hours of personalized fly casting instruction was given by four FFI certified instructors. These talented teachers provided instruction for beginner to advanced casters.
Workshops were presented including fly fishing from a skiff and targeting specific salt water species. An introduction to the FFI fly casting instructor certification program was given by Dr. Jonathan Walter, retired physician and Chair of the Casting Board of Governors.
Exhibitors from volunteer programs Project Healing Waters and Cast for Recovery were present to answer questions and promote awareness to their valuable resources.
A large number of fly fishing manufacturers donated merchandise for raffles and auctions with proceeds benefiting charities. With so many donors to list please refer to the Gulf Council’s website and show them your support.
The conclave finale was the showing of the FT3 Fly Fishing Film Tour. The film has been described as “a traveling roadshow of the best fly fishing films in the world”.
Make your plans now to attend next years event in Gulf Shores, AL from Thusday May 2nd (Tournament Start Date) through May 4th, 2024. For more information, please visit the GCC website.
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THANK YOU! To everyone who made our 2023 Gulf Coast Classic a success. To our Volunteers, Speakers, Fly Tiers, Casting Instructors, and Organizers. And especially to our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Donors – without whom this event is not possible. Please go to our Sponsors page and check out the list of these companies and individuals. And please take the time to email thanking them for their support of the FFI Gulf Coast Council.
The GCC Board is already making plans for the 2024 Classic. This site will remain “2023” until September 1st so folks who didn’t attend can see what the Classic was all about. Around September 1st, these pages will switch over to details of the 2024 event.