Conservation…A Founding Principle

Conservation is one of the founding principles of the Fly Fishers.International. Contributing over 40 years of conservation work, the Fly Fishers International is proud to continue protecting our fisheries and angling opportunities for the future.

As William Nelson, President of the McKenzie Flyfishers Club, stated so clearly in 1964 – ” We have been slow to realize the role of political pressures in conservation and are of the opinion now that a united desire for the things that are necessary to perpetuate our sport of fly fishing is the only way to keep from losing many of the things we hold so dear ” – our unified mission continues.

Today, our Conservation Committee works with local club and councils to identify projects worthy of funding through our Small Grants Program. Committee members also work with local, state and federal agencies to ensure that our natural resources are safe for future generations. If you need further information please contact us at 406-222-9369 or e-mail

FFI Recognizes Contributors to Conservation

The Fly Fishers International Awards Program has been developed to recognize those individuals, clubs and other organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the FFI, our environment, fishery resources, angling literature and the fly tackle industry. The criteria for the Conservation Awards selection are located at:

Conservation Awards:

  • Aldo Leopold Conservation Award
  • FFI Conservation Award
  • Stanley Lloyd Award
  • James Henshall Warmwater Conservation Award
  • Robert J. Marriot Scholarship Award