Council News

​Current events and news related to the Southeastern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers


The Festival Committee is in the home stretch on this year's Festival.  It will be a fun-filled weekend of programs, presenters and exhibitors.  We expect to have at least forty exhibitors and forty tiers in attendance.  In addition to numerous (mostly free) presentations and classes, the Cullowhee area offers non-fishing activities for the entire family.  

We are pleased have Steve Rajeff (CBOG; MCI) and Leslie Holmes (CBOG; MCI; THCI) headline our talented group of casting instructors.  In addition to two days of casting instruction offered by some of the best instructors in the country, you will also be able to take the tests to become a CCI, MCI or THCI.  Don't forget to register in advance.  If you are taking a casting class, please remember to bring your own rod.  Rods are not provided.

For the first time, our instructors are offering "Casting Tune-Ups".  “Casting Tune-Up” is a one-on-one casting analysis 30-minute session with a Master Casting Instructor using recorded video.  Friday's session is full.  Sign up now for Saturday afternoon!!

On Friday night, we have once again teamed up with the folks at Little River TU to host the Back the Brookie BBQ.  All profits from this event will support brook trout restoration in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Hunter Banks and Highland Brewing Company have generously sponsored the beer for this event. 

On Saturday night, you won't want to miss our banquet and great auction items.  Thanks to Jesse Brown's Outdoors for providing a Yeti Cooler, Sage One rod and a pair of Costa sunglasses for the event.

The Festival is open to the public.  The hours are 9am to 4pm on both Friday and Saturday.  Admission is $5 and $10 per day for individuals and families, respectively.  Disabled veterans and Scouts in uniform will be admitted free of charge.  Pre-registration closes on Tuesday, May 13th; however, spots in classes with openings will be for sale onsite.  A limited number of BBQ and banquet tickets will also be for sale onsite.  Please note that, due to University policy, we are unable to sell drink tickets for the BBQ or the banquet onsite.  So, if you are thirsty, please pre-register.  Click here for directions to the venue.

Please join us in Cullowhee for the best fly fishing education event in the Southeast.  It will be a weekend to remember.  We have currently hotel rooms blocked out as well as cabin rentals.  It is not too late to be part of our Festival.

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