Mission: Conserve, Restore and educate through Fly Fishing

Vision: Empower Fly Fisherman to our Natural Resources for future generations and promote healthy and diverse fisheries that offer recreation and sustain ecological function.

Goal:  Protect our Native Fisheries, create conservation as a recreation leader, improve credibility and relationships among the Committees, Councils, Clubs, members and provide action activities for members to participate in.

Fundraising Opportunities for 2013



There are several everyday ways to support the Federation of Fly Fishers. In addition to becoming a member or donating online you can help the FFF by:

  • Volunteering in Education and Conservation Efforts
  • Turn your daily expenses into FFF support
  • Tell your friends
  • Go Fishing!

Learn More

The speakers listed are placed here as a service to the clubs of the California FFF Councils. It is up to the individual club to find out about costs and subject material as these will vary according to distance and needs.

Current List of Speakers

Your Ad could be here. Join the Southwest  Council Federation of Fly Fishers as a guide and guide services information will be posted here along with other Fly Fishing Guide Services here in Southern California.

Current Guide List

Your Ad could be here. Join the Southwest  Council Federation of Fly Fishers as a retail store and your retail store information will be posted here along with other Fly Fishing Retailers in Southern California.

Current Retail Members

Mar 30 2014


Come join us for the Women’s Fourth Annual Fly Fishing Clinic. This clinic covers all the basics of fly fishing: casting, reading the water, entomology, equipment selection, fly tying, knots, landing and releasing fish. Whether you are a neophyte or simply want to hone your fly fishing skills, this is a fun and engaging clinic that will teach you everything you need to know to embark on a lifetime of angling adventures.

Read more: Women’s Fourth Annual Fly Fishing Clinic

Mar 29 2014

This is a great opportunity for budding biologists, ecologists and fisheries management to get field experience and exposure to CDFW, CalTrout and the IFFF. This year could be extremely tough on fish, so let’s give them a hand by removing a stressor (non-native fish), something we can do with immediate beneficial impacts.
Season Two of the Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery effort on Silver Creek is quickly approaching.  Last year we had one intern with CalTrout and cleared one mile. This year the clubs of the Southwest Council IFFF are hiring two interns to work with CDFW and 2 CalTrout interns to remove brook trout from two miles of stream.

WHEN: Volunteers are needed over a five week period starting Friday July 18th and ending Wednesday September 10th. You can sign up for a portion of a week too. The schedule is as follows:
Friday July 18 through Wednesday July 23
Thursday July 31 through Wednesday Aug 6
Thursday Aug 14 through Wednesday Aug 20
Tuesday Aug 26 through Thursday Aug 28
Thursday Sept 4 through Wednesday Sept 10

Read more: Southwest Council IFFF Project needs Volunteers - Make a Difference this Summer

Mar 03 2014

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The Southwest Council Fly Fishing Faire continues planning for the next Faire being held in Mammoth Lakes September 19-21, 2014.  We need a few volunteers to head up some of the Committee Chair positions so if you are interested, please let me know.  The Chair positions are

  • Refreshments Chair
  • Volunteer Chair
  • Welcome & Information Chair
  • Set Up/Tear down Chair – Club group

Registration is scheduled to start on July 13, so mark your calendars and get into some of those needed classes.

Connie Bullock
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Feb 02 2014


Debbie Sharpton
Conservation Chair

By now you've probably heard that on Tuesday, January 29, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed certain coastal waters to fishing in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by drought. CDFW is also recommending that the Fish and Game Commission adopt emergency regulations on other rivers. The lower American River downstream of Nimbus Dam is one of these other rivers currently under severe angling pressure. Chinook salmon redds built in the last few months have been dewatered; the eggs and fry from those redds will surely die. Additional deaths will result from inattentive wading on redds that are now exposed to shallow water. Endangered Central Valley Steelhead are moving into the river and will suffer, as well.

Read more: CDFW Puts Closures in Effect

Jan 29 2014



Aguabonita Fly Fishers – March 1, 2014  5:00 at B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge, 201 East Church Street, Ridgecrest, CA

Deep Creek Fly Fishers – Hot dog sales at Bass Pro on March 1,2,8,9,15 & 16 from 10-4:00, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Downey Fly Fishers – April 12, 2014  10:00 to 3:00 p.m. – Appollo Parks Barbara J. Riley Senior Community Center, 7810 Quill Drive, Downey, CA – lunch provided

Fly Fishers of Orange County – September 10, 2014 –  6:00 at Phoenix Club, 1340 S. Sanderson, Anaheim, CA

Golden State Fly Casters – April 26, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Tio Leo's Mexican Restaurant (858) 350-1468, 3510 Valley Centre Drive, Del Mar , CA  

Read more: Club Fundraisers

Jan 20 2013

by Debbie Sharpton
Conservation Director

There are many good laws on the books of our society – the Clean Water Act of 1972 is one of them.  It’s hard to believe it is over 40 years old, and although the big polluters were the first targets, the hardest one for everyone to get their hands around is what is called “non-point source pollution”.  This is the type that comes from many different points instead of one discharge pipe.  

In California the State Water Board and its multiple regional water quality control boards are responsible, and under court order, to create and implement the regulations to meet the Clean Water Act objectives.  Several regulations have been in place dealing with acceptable levels of pollutants in waters of the state, one being trash.  The acceptable level of trash in the water is zero.  That’s a pretty lofty goal, but how could anyone say that trash is acceptable at any other level?  There was much resistance from the jurisdictional agencies but the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board passed the regulation some time ago.  This means that agencies must do their part in cleaning up trash from the waters, if they don’t they stand to be in violation of the regulation and their permits.

Several years ago Erick Burres, Conservation Biologist and head of the State’s Clean Water Team, passed on some great information about how people can be part of the solution.  Here is an excerpt form the IBM Research Lab’s internet site about one of the great things Erick is doing;

Read more: The Eyes of Conservation

Mission Statement

To Promote Fly Fishing in Southern California and Southern Nevada through:

  1. Education
  2. Conservation
  3. Fellowship



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Upcoming Club Events

Sun Apr 27 @08:00 - 10:30AM
Casting Clinic
Wed Apr 30 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Fly Tying Forum
Sat May 03
Surf Fishing @ Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria


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