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Agua Boa in Brazil

Shane with a 16 lb peacock bass on the Agua Boa in Brazil. Shane is a professional redfish fisherman who took up fly fishing at the Gulf Coast Fly Fishing School just for this experience. Congratulations!

GCFFS student Jeffrey Adams

… and legendary tarpon guide Steve Huff with a nice snook in Everglade City, Florida

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Give a unique gift of Fly Fishing Lessons!

You don’t have to wait until a “special” day for the unique gift of fly fishing lessons.  Often times that person in your life is itching for a new experience or to tune up a stale fly-fishing stroke.  Make it happen for them.  Give a lesson or better yet a set of lessons in fly fishing.

Memorial to David Diaz

On October 15 David Diaz passed away.  For the fly-fishing community this was the end of a very special chapter in the sport we love and to which he contributed his passion.

To the ones of us who had the honor to know David, we will cherish our memories of his humor and his style.  After his stroke, Dino Frangos, my casting partner, and I had the opportunity to visit David several times in the nursing home in Birmingham.  Although his body was broken his mind was sharp.  We pantomimed casting with him, told jokes and reminisced about fishing trips.  We talked about the trips we made from Mobile to Birmingham for his mentoring on our journeys to fly-fishing certification.  I found out from Lindsey, his wife, that David kept a record of all of his students.  I am privileged to be one of the 5000+ that he touched with his knowledge and mentoring.

I am not going to go into detail on his childhood and the many accolades that he acquired during his fly-fishing career.  I will only say that he was a very special person that his loss is deeply felt.  I have to also say that our loss on earth is a gain for St. Peter and the other fishermen waiting at the pearly gates.  I have no doubt that he is correcting their casting with his dry humor and caring nature.

We should all be so lucky in our lifetime to run into someone like David Diaz to share our love for the sport that has meant so much to all of us.

David, if you’re up there, remember wait on your back cast, don’t drop your rod tip and keep those angels honest.

Gazzie’s First Fish

Gazzie, Tom Dempsey’s granddaughter, on her 11th birthday caught her first fish.  It was a speckled trout on a fly.  Gazzie has taken lessons from her grandfather and hooked this nice fish off his pier at Ono Island. Keep it up, Gazzie!

Gazzie's First Fish

Dr. Thomas Dempsey would like to thank all the anglers that supported him during his recent election to the board of directors for the Fly Fishing International.  Dr. Dempsey is an advocate of the federation and has many goals in mind to suggest to the board to bring needed recognition to the vast opportunities of fly fishing on the gulf coast.  Look for updates on decisions and movements of the FFI through the board of directors that will be published on the current website.

Tom Dempsey

The Gulf Coast Fly Fishing School is excited to announce it’s relationship with Music City Fly Fishing School.

Located in Nashville, Read more…

Live Life Well. Fly Fish!

GCFFS is now offering Guided Fishing Trips for a variety of Gulf Coast fishing experiences. Get off that couch and come enjoy a fishing experience sure to hook you!!

Angler’s Information

Do you need information and advice on fly fishing?  Contact us for information on locations, guides, species, tackle, solving casting problems, lessons, clothing and any other topic that you have questions about.

Lessons & More

Monthly Meetings - Open to the Public!
HOSSFLY – Fly Fishing Club in Ocean Springs, Monthly meeting 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm at Ocean Springs Yatch Club

FFNWF – Fly Fishers of North West Florida, Mira Flores Park Pensacola, First Monday

ESFF – Eastern Shore Fly Fishing. Call for update details of time and locations 261-648-7451

 

Individual Lessons
Sometimes a one-on-one lesson with one of our FFF Certified instructors will help you absorb the techniques and nuances for the newly avid fly fisher.
Group Lessons
Group lessons can be a great way to get the basics, brush up on rusty skills or introduce this wonderful sport to your entire family.
NEW!! Guided Trips!
Let GCFFS get you on the water. We can arrange fishing trips for targeted species including bass, bream, speckled trout, redfish, and fresh water trout. Fishing rates vary depending on the type of fishing and local. Please contact GCFFS for rates.
FFI Gulf Coast Council Calendar

FFF Qualified

The Gulf Coast Fly Fishing School is honored to announce that Ed Chamberlain, master casting instructor, is joining the team as an instructor. Ed is a retired U.S. Army ranger who has fished extensively in the continental U.S., Patagonia, Mexico, and the Bahamas. He lives just outside of Atlanta and is an active member of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club. He has taught fly fishing for many years in the Atlanta area and published articles on the “Loop”, the online magazine for the Federation of Fly Fishing.
Dino Frangos, Tom Dempsey and Dwight Yoder are each Fly Fishing Federation Certified Instructors (CCI). They have fished locally, nationally and internationally for a myriad of fishes. Let them share their insight with you.

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