President's Message - Get to Know the FFI

The International Federation of Fly Fishers has formally announced on April 3 that it has legally changed its name to Fly Fishers International. This change will affect all 17 U.S. councils and all international affiliate organizations. They also renamed the Academy to the Learning Center to better explain its functionality. Please visit their new web site to learn about all the details.

This change will also affect the U.S. councils and they will be required to legally change their name in the state of domicile. There are many new programs the FFI is implementing that will add benefits to the individual member with no additional costs to him/her. The documentation changes for both the FFI and individual councils will probably last for more than one year. Paper and electronic documentation will require a large effort and a sizeable expense.

After a fantastic rain and snow fall over this past winter, spring snow run off will probably still create some challenges to the fly fishing environment for the next few months. But this should probably create great conditions for fishing, both in northern and southern California over the next year or more. So, the late fishing this year is still a big positive to our sport and have patience.

We must be very diligent as the future could hold many changes to rules, regulations and laws affecting rivers, lakes and fish. Lend your letter support and participation to efforts that involve protection for these places and species at both a state and national level.

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