Mike Heritage FFF MCI UK

Fly casting and talking fly casting bollox

An Open Letter To The IFFF Bod and CBoG

What the hell are you doing letting this situation get so out of hand. It has gone way beyond the excluding of two CBoGs by bypassing the rules laid out to deal with such alleged infractions. Not only are the management of the IFFF and the CICP seen to be mishandling the whole affair they are now seen to be manipulating and altering the rules to avoid being held to account. The Ethics Committee, which should have dealt with the case in the first place, is now totally compromised and cannot be seen as an independent arbiter because some of its members are involved in the decision to bypass the Ethics Committee and to allow the matter to be dealt with by the Chair of the BoD. Mark Surtees has written a letter of censure of the Chairs of both the BoG and the CBoG, a letter by the way I whole heartedly endorse,  and it now appears that they are trying to (or are going to) create a new set of rules so that this letter can be ignored. Many of us feel this is an utterly repugnant, not to say cowardly, attempt to sweep the whole sorry saga under the carpet.

The CICP was brought under the umbrella of the FFF to use the good reputation and organisation of the FFF to further its cause. The creation of an unelected Casting Board of Goveners overseen by the Board of Goveners of the FFF may have been expedient at the time but times move on and we are now the IFFF with a significant number of international instructor members, many of  whom are starting to resent being governed by a group of people we never elected, and, in a lot of cases, don’t even know, that offer us absolutely no representation. In this day and age how can this be?

I always thought the FFF was an inclusive organisation. I now discover that incusivity does not extend to the management. It turns out it’s a very excluse club that is desperate to cling on to power.

Well, it bloody well should be inclusive. Time for a clear out.

Post script;

I have just heard that the vote went against hearing Marks letter of censure. How bloody appalling is that. Mel Kreiger was right, you’re a bunch of cowards. I bet he is spinning in his grave right now.



October 23, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. “I have just heard that the vote went against hearing Marks letter of censure.”

    I almost can’t believe that.
    I will quit my membership directly now!

    Spot-on, Mike.

    Comment by Bernd Ziesche | October 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Do I hear Crickets…….

    Comment by Mike Spanner | October 24, 2012 | Reply

  3. I’m sincerely sorry Mike 😦 And I can’t believe I have to say it 😦
    Thumps up for your letter!

    Comment by Lasse Karlsson | October 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. We live in sad times when people of the calibre of Bernd, Rich and others decide enough is enough and leave the IFFF. I will give it a year, but if the same people are still in charge and there have been no changes I will go as well. It seems the thousands of hours we have put in to reach the standard is of no consequence what so ever to to the IFFF, we are only seen as income but otherwise irrelevent.

    Comment by Mike Heritage | October 24, 2012 | Reply

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