"This is a big moment for me, and I can't begin to express my appreciation," Jindra said after receiving the award this week at FFF's annual conclave in West Yellowstone, Mont. "When you look at the list of past recipients, you will see some of the giants of fly-fishing, people such as Lee Wulff, Joan Wulff, Lefty Kreh and Mel Krieger. To find myself included in that circle is humbling."
With members throughout the world, FFF was established in 1965 to promote conservation and the sport of fly-fishing, and the Lapis is the organization's "ultimate award. Thus, the consideration for individual achievement must be extremely strict," according to the FFF criteria. "Services and contributions to the Federation must be prominent and extraordinary, and, above all, they must be long term. They must be significantly above the criteria that would merit consideration for any other award."
An FFF member since 1983, Jindra has served the Federation in multiple capacities, including three years as president. Most recently, he served on the Board of Governors for the FFF Casting Instructor Certification Program and chaired that program from 2004 to 2007.
Jindra is currently associated with Grand Slam Sales, which represents multiple fishing tackle companies such as Temple Fork Outfitters, Gamakatsu, Galvan Fly Reels, Aquaz USA, Islander Fly Reels, Maxima North America, Rainy's Flies, Typhoon and Gone Fishing Sunglasses, Jim Teeny Inc., Tri-Shear and Royal Wulff Products.