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Casting Board of Governors Awards


Were you aware that the Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) of Fly Fishers International (FFI) has six different casting specific awards to present to worthy individuals each year? It’s only recently that we had the opportunity to specifically recognize individuals who have contributed to the success of our Certified Casting Instructors Program (CICP). That’s not to say that our members haven’t been recognized with other awards, but now we have some specific awards to be presented by the CBOG.

Nominations generally do not come from the CBOG.  The CBOG is very diverse and members come from all parts of the globe, but we don’t know everybody. The CBOG relies on FFI members to nominate worthy candidates using the criteria listed below.  

To ensure optimal recognition of appropriate individuals, the nominating document must stand alone.  The sponsor, the person who submits the nomination, must document in the nomination multiple specific examples of how that individual or individuals fulfilled the criteria.  Individuals will be given awards based upon the facts in the nomination and not by just general familiarity of that individual with the CBOG or Awards Committee.  A nomination is usually more effective if multiple letters of support are obtained that document the breadth of the nominees contributions to the program.

The FFI is a volunteer organization and the success of the CICP is primarily due to the support and dedication of our members who believe in what we do. Sometimes all we can do is thank them for a job well done. Now we can give worthy individuals casting specific awards in appreciation for outstanding service.

CICP Award Nominations due on April 1 of the calendar year they are to be awarded.
(See award listings, procedures, nomination form, and other deadlines below)  

Click here to understand the Nomination and Selection Process.  Multiple nominees may be selected for any award each year and no award must be awarded annually. With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement and Jay Gammel Awards the nominee must be a FFI member. 

Below is a brief description of the six awards and the past recipients.  There is a hyperlink after each award description to the Criteria and Requirements for that award.

FFI Lifetime Achievement in Fly Casting Instruction Award

This award is presented to individuals who have made significant, long-term contributions to fly casting instruction.  Contributions may include teaching, innovation in fly casting techniques, writing, motivation and sharing their knowledge of teaching to advance goals of the Casting Instructor Certification Program. In 2019, this award was elevated to be presented by the FFI Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the Casting Board of Governors.

2019 - Simon Gawesworth
          Chris Korich

2018 - Ed Jaworowksi
          Rick Williams

2017- Hans-Ruedi Hebeisen

2016 - not awarded

2015 - Steve Rajeff
          Tim Rajeff

2014 - Bob Jacklin

2013 - Dennis Grant

2012 - Floyd Franke
          Gordy Hill


2011 - Gary Borger
          Macauley Lord

2010 - Al Buhr

2009 - Al Kyte

2008 - Bruce Richards

2007 - Al & Barbara Rohrer

2006 - Leon Chandler

2005 - Jim Green
          Lefty Kreh
          Mel Krieger
          Joan Wulff


FFI Mel Krieger Fly Casting Instructor Award

This award, honoring Mel Krieger a well-known figure in the instruction of fly casting and author of the original Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor Program, is presented in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the FFI Certified Casting Instructor Program, have dedicated themselves to fly casting instruction and have shared their knowledge with others.  In 2019, this award was elevated to be presented by the FFI Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the Casting Board of Governors.

2019 - Christopher Rownes

2018 - Brian Henderson
         Molly Semenik

2017 - Tomonori "Bill" Higashi
            Peter Morse

2016 - Larry Allen
          Dave Barron
          Dusty Sprague

2015 - Steve Hollensed
          Leslie Holmes

2014 - Chuck Easterling

2014 - Jim Valle

2013 - Don Simonson

2012 - Denise Maxwell

2011 - not awarded

2010 - Gordy Hill

2009 - Floyd Franke

2008 - Tom White

2007 - Joe Libeu



Floyd Franke Award For Contributions to the CICP

Floyd Franke advanced the mission of the CICP on several levels through his contributions as a Governor and later as the Chairperson of the CBOG.  Floyd had a vision of what the CICP should encompass and brought it to fruition. He proposed practical solutions to real problems and implemented those solutions.  He foresaw that high standards must be maintained and laid the foundation for the Code of Conduct to ensure this was the case.  He also established the Ethics Committee, the Two-Hand Casting Instructor program, Governor Membership terms, and opened CBOG Committees and CICP activities to participation by MCIs.  Floyd looked to people who got things done.  Neither name recognition nor celebrity status played a role.  He had a major role in making the CICP a respected and valued component of FFI worldwide that reflects on those individuals whose certifications it sanctioned. This award recognizes significant contributions to processes and organizational components of the CICP.

This award is to be given by the CBOG of the FFI CICP to honor an individual(s) who demonstrates these same traits and qualities while making significant contributions to advance the CICP.

2019 - Bruce Williams

2018 - not awarded

2017 - Carl Zarelli             

2016 - David Diaz

2015 - Al Buhr


Jay Gammel Award for Fly Casting Instruction

The Essentials of Fly Casting was the first published work that analyzed fly casting from the instructor’s perspective. When the FFI published Jay and Bill Gammel’s Essentials in 1993, the 24-page pamphlet changed the teaching of fly casting forever. This award recognizes individuals who have developed instructional materials that advanced fly casting instruction whether or not they are an FFI member.

2019 - John L. Field
          Keith Richard

2018 - Sheila Hassan

2017 - not awarded

2016 - not awarded

2015 - not awarded

2014 - Soon Lee


Governor's Mentoring Award

The Governor’s Mentoring Award is to be awarded a FFI member or members for long and continued support of the CICP through mentoring.  Mentoring involves sharing casting knowledge voluntarily with individuals groups, or clubs to improve members casting skills. Mentoring also includes assisting and preparing members toward FFI instructor certifications (CI, MCI, THCI) through casting sessions (individual or group) to further improve the candidate’s casting knowledge and skills.

2019 - Dave Barron
          Brian McGlashan
          Dennis Otsuka
          Bob Young

2018 - Willy George
         Rod McGarry
         Jim Sommercorn

2017 - Brian Henderson


2016 - Gary Kell
           Tony Loader
           Tom Rueping
           Bruce Williams

2015 - not awarded

2014 - Dwight Klemin

2013 - Philip Maher

2011 - Aaron Reimer

2010 - Kirk Eberhard


Governor’s Pin

The Governor’s Pin is awarded in recognition of continued support for the CICP in areas of administration, committee involvement, or program implementation.  They are awarded at the discretion of the CBOG Chair.  FFI members may suggest members to the CBOG Chair whose activities the Chair may not be aware.

2019- Bill Higashi
         Mark Huber
         Tim Lawson

2018 - Steve Hollensed
         Jonathan Walter

2017 - Mark Huber
           Bintoro Tedjosiswoyo          

2016 - Thomas Berggren
          Willy George
          Molly Semenik

2015 - Chuck Easterling
               William Holmes
               Carl Zarelli


2014 - Rick Williams

2013 - Dave Barron

2012 - Hutch Hutchinson
              Carl McNeil
              Jeff Wagner

2011 - Jerk Sonnichsen
          Lars Christian Bentsen
          Denise Maxwell
          Macauley Lord 

2010 - Barbara Wuebber
              Dan McCrimmon
              Raffaele Mascaro



 Click here to submit a nomination.


 2022 CICP Award Deadlines

   1. Nominations end April 1
   2. Ballots sent by May 1
   3. Ballots returned by June 1
   4. Award recipients notified by June 15