Each year at the International Fly Fishing Fair, awards are given to various individuals and groups who exemplify the mission and values of the FFI. We take these awards seriously, following clearly defined procedures and criteria. If you would like to nominate someone based on their contributions to our sport, please complete the Award Nominations Form. Deadline for nominations is April 1 of each year.
The Casting Board of Governors also present awards each year. More information may be obtained by visiting the Casting Awards page of this website. Click here to access the Casting Awards information.
The Fly Tying Group has implemented a new award in 2014, the Darwin Atkin Memorial Fly Tying Achievement Award. Please click here to read the criteria and submission guidelines.
Click the links below to access information and form needed to nominate an individual or business. Questions may directed to Herb Kettler, FFI Awards Chairman.
J. Stanley Lloyd
J.D. Skip Hosfield
L.D. "Buck" Goodrich
Dr. James Gilford
J.D. "Skip" Hosfield
Linda "Sam" Thomas
Sally Ann Brown
Lovell Lawrence (Larry) Hampy
United Fly Tyers of Boston – MA
Pend Oreille Fly Fishing Club – ID
The Steamboaters – OR
Indianapolis Fly Casters – IN
Washington Fly Fishing Club – WA
Theodore Gordon Flyfishers – NY
Green Country Fly Fishers – OK
Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Assoc – CT
Boise Valley Fly Fisherman – ID
Pasadena Casting Club – CA
Diablo Valley Fly Fisherman – CA
Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club – WA
Fontinalis Fly Fisherman – NY
Rogue Flyfishers – OR
Red Cedar Fly Fishers – MI
Flycasters of San Jose – CA
Kaweah Flyfishers – CA
Clark-Skamania Fly Fishers – WA
West Slope Chapter TU – Montana
Upper Snake River Chapter TU – ID
Aquabonita Fly Fishers – CA
Mid-South Fly Fishers – TN
Central Oregon Flyfishers – OR
Greater Flint Muddler Minnows – MI
North Idaho Fly Casters – ID
Flint Hills Fly Fishing Club – MI
Flygirls – MI
Southern Oregon Fly Fishers – OR
St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers – IN
Ozark Fly Fishers – MO
North Coast Fly Fishers – OH
Michigan Fly Fishing Club – MI
Evergreen Fly Fishing Club – WA
West Michigan Hacklers – MI
Puget Sound Flyfishers – WA
Magic City Fly Fishers – MT
Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishers - WA
Acadiana Flyrodders of Lafayette - LA
Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers - CA
Southern Sierra Fly Fishers - CA
Lake Erie Chapter FFF - NY
Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award – An award presented to the person who has made significant contributions to the arts of fly tying.
A. I. Anderson
E.H. "Polly" Rosborough
Jeff "Bear" Andrews
Helen Shaw Kessler
John Van DerHoof
James "Jim" Ferguson
Darwin Atkin Memorial Fly Tying Achievement Award – An award presented to the person who has made significant contributions to the art of fly tying.
FFI Conservation Award – An award presented to a person, group or organization which has made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries resources in the past year.
The Mad Men
Robert H. Boyle
Jim & Ann Edmondson
Fly Fisherman Magazine
Henry’s Fork Foundation
Michigan Natural Resource Commission
Dr. Charles M. Loveless
R. Brett Matzke
Montana Land Reliance
Michigan Hydro Re-Licensing Coalition
Wyoming Fly Casters
Robert W. Nicholson
Henry’s Fork Foundation
United Anglers of Casa Grande HS
Wolf River Conservancy
Evergreen Fly Fishing Club
Univ. of S. Mississippi/Gulf Coast
IFFF Environmental Conservation Scholarship – A scholarship given occasionally to individuals enrolled in graduate school pursuing an advanced degree (MSc, PhD, LLD, JD) that will have application to solving environmental issues relating to water quality and/or protection of native fish species and their aquatic habitats. presented to an individual honoring them for a lifetime of fisheries conservation effort and work.
Lee Van Put
Leopold Award – An award presented to an individual honoring them for a lifetime of fisheries conservation effort and work.
Robert J. Benhke
Edwin Philip Pister
Stanley Lloyd Conservation Award – A financial grant awarded to an FFI Club working on a current or future project related to fisher conservation enhancement and preservation.
Sierra Pacific Fisheries
Missouri River Flyfishers
Anglers of the Ausable
Mid-South Fly Fishers
Upper Snake River Cutthroats
Idle Hour Fly Fishers
Northern Arizona Flycasters
Central OR Fly Fishers
Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers
Lakeshore Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Creekside Anglers Club
Dave & Emily Whitlock
Southern Council of the IFFF
Austin Fly Fishers
Cumberland Valley TU/IFFF
Dr. James Henshall Warmwater Fisheries Award – An award presented to an individual contributing to warmwater fly fishing and fisheries in memory of Dr. James A. Henshall, 19th century author and early advocate for bass as a gamefish.
Smallmouth Bass Alliance
Robert W. Hayner
Friends of the White River
Dr. Guy Harrison
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Robert J. Marriott Scholarship Award – A cash grant given annually to a deserving student in undergraduate or graduate biology or similar field who is specializing in fishery management, cold or warm waters, fresh water or salt.
Membership Awards– The Membership Awards are to recognize those individuals, clubs and councils that have grown membership significantly in a one-year period. There are three distinct awards in this category as follows:
Membership Award of Merit - To that individual, club or organization whose FFI enrollment has increased in excess of 25% and achieved the largest nationwide increase. The award is to be given for the largest increase. Multiple individuals can be recognized as a group.
Membership Silver Award of Merit - To that Council whose enrollment has increased more than 25% and represents the greatest increase in the time period.
Membership Gold Award of Merit - To that club who commits to 100% membership and, whose increase is in excees of 25% of their current level. The award is to be given to the greatest increase.
Silver Award of Merit
Memorial Life Awards -The Memorial Life Membership Award program provides an FFI life membership in the name of an individual who has contributed significantly to fly fishing. Four funds have been established to support these life membership memorials.
Don Harger Memorial Award
Mrs. Roderick Haig-Brown
Robert Redford, Patrick Markey
Charles L. Cole
Terry & Roxanne Wilson
Allen Crise, Dan Berry
Henry Hoffman, Ed Rice
Tony Spezio, Gordy Hill
Mike & Shirley Kossow
Arnold Gingrich Literary Award
Ernest S. Schweibert
Dennis Bitton, Bobbie Wolverton
Nick Lyons, Steve Raymond
Art of Angling Journal
Chuck & Sharon Tryon
Lew Jewett Memorial Award
Harold “Butch” Mayer
Maggie Merriman, Bill Heckel
Bing Lempke, Bob Brunsell
Bob Sousa, Jim Green
Bruce Richards, Bill Bakke
Al Buhr, Terry Greiner
Joe Valencic, John Colburn
Paul McKenzie, Dorothy Bergman
Mac Caradine, W. W. “Bill” Lewis
Sally Ann Brown
Bill Redman, Phil & Doreen Romans, John Newbury
W. E. Barnett
Bill Gammel, Earl Stanek
Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award
John Daniel “Dan” Callaghan
R. L. “Stew” Stewart
Lee Wulff Award – An award to recognize manufacturers or a retail business that demonstrates outstanding innovation in the fly fishing industry through their products and stewardship.
Orvis Company, Scientific Anglers, Cortland Line Co., Fenwick
Whiting Farms, Inc.
Bob Marriotts Fly Fishing Store
Blue Ribbon Flies
The Patagonia Company
Wolf River Trading Company
Wasatch Custom Angling Products
Wapsi Fly Company
Temple Fork Outfitters
The Fly Show
Jim Murphy – Hardy North America
Abel Fly Reels
LaMoyne Hyde – Hyde Drift Boats
Ambassador Award – An award presented to the fly fisher who meets certain high standards of sportsmanship, fishing skill and stream-side etiquette in taking and conserving game fish internationally.
Hans Ruedi Hebisen
Berris D. Samples
Roderick Haig-Brown Award – An award presented to a fly fishing author whose work embodies the philosophy and spirit of Roderick Haig-Brown, particularly a respect for the ethics and traditions of fly fishing and an understanding of rivers, the inhabitants and their environments.
Mid-South Fly Fishers
Richard N. Williams
Silver King Award – A saltwater award, named after the highly prized saltwater trophy, the Tarpon. It is presented to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the sport of saltwater angling.
Dick Nelson Fly Tying Teaching Award – An award presented to an individual who excels in teaching the art of fly tying to tiers at all skill levels.
Lifetime Achievement in Fly Casting Instruction Award - An award given by the Board of Governors of FFI Casting Instructor Program (BOG) in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the art of fly casting instruction.
Mel Krieger Fly Casting Instructor Award - An award given by the Board of Governors (BOG) of FFI Casting Instructor Program in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to FFI Casting Instructor Certification Program, have dedicated themselves to fly casting instruction and have shared their knowledge with others.
Floyd Franke Award for Contributions to CICP An award given by the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) to honor those who have made significant contributions to advance the Casting Instructors Certification Program (CICP) through either their long term involvement, commitment of personal time and effort, program development or extensive revitalization, or change leadership.
Jay Gammel for Fly Casting Instruction Award An award given by the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) to honor those who have made a lasting contribution to fly casting instruction in the form of written publications, instructional course materials, or electronic media.
Governors Mentoring Award - An award given by the Board of Governors of FFI Casting Instructor Program (BOG) in recognition of continued support of the Casting Instructor Certification Program through mentoring, teaching and inspiring students.
Governor's Pin - An award given by the Chairman of the Board of Governors to an FFI Casting Instructor Program (BOG) in recognition of their service to the Casting Instructor Certification Program.
Council Leadership Award - An award presented to that council president who has demonstrated unusual devotion to the IFFF and through outstanding contributions has benefited the Federation as a National or International organization. It is not expected that this will be an annual award.
2008 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
Richard (Rick) Weisberg
Sister Carol Ann Corley
Bob Long, Buck Goodrich
2009 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
L. F. “Buzzy” Burns
Bob Middo, Mickey Powell
2010 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
Aguabonita Flyfishers Club
Buck & Faye Goodrich
Ben & Carollee Goodrich
2011 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
Patricia “Sam” Decker
2012 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
2013 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
2014 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
2015 Council Award of Excellence Recipients
2016 Council Award of Excellence Recipients