The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) has become the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), and our own Ron Winn was in charge of selecting an updated logo. He helped select a design that is recognizable to the old guard yet has a modern and enticing look for new members:

BFFA is an active Member Club
of the
International Federation of Fly Fishers

Become a Member of the IFFF

Only $35.00 Membership fees 1 year
senior (65+) - US - $25.00

Join the International Federation of Fly Fishers

IFFF Florida Council Expo - Will be at the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) museum in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale), Florida October 23-24, 2015.

Tom Logan and David Olson are putting together a great program and already have commitments from Chico Fernandez, Flip Pallot, Jon Cave, Pat Ford, David Lambroughton and Sam Root.

Online registration will open
August 25 to October 18.
To attend the banquet you must register online.

A block of rooms at the Courtyard (next to the Museum) are reserved under Fly Fishers Room Block @ $179/night.
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Phone number 954-342-8333
More later and check our web site



Each year between September and December the BFFA collects dues from its members. These dues help us maintain the function of our club by having funds to pay for such things as speakers, postage, PO box rent, awards, tide charts, etc.

During the 25 years we have been in existence we have not raised our dues and they will remain $20 for an individual, $30 for a family,and $10 for a student. If you have joined from May on in 2015 you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined before May in 2015 we ask that you do renew.

Please bring a check to the next meeting, or mail it to:
BFFA of Brevard

PO Box 524, Melbourne, FL 32902
Please include: your snail mail address, email addresses and phone number(s)

casting for recovery

BFFA is a proud supporter
Casting for Recovery is a national 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization, supports breast cancer survivors
through a program that combines fly-fishing, counseling,
and medical information to build a focus on wellness instead of illness.
Please help support this program.

(*mark your check for Florida Chapter)

                                Marlin off the menu

Take action today to make sure that no billfish will end up on grocery store shelves or on restaurant menus again.
Click here:
Do your part to Take Marlin off the Menu!

Limit your kill, don’t kill your limit !
Please practice Catch and Release

President Brian Hatfield says....
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"

View our list of 2015 new members

Member Information:
club history

We have been operating as a club for 27 years.
One of our founding fathers Ron, Winn wrote the history of the club on our About Us

next outing
None in October - go to EXPO 2015!
Go the the Outings page for details on past events.

Sherry Parker
reports from September 9th

"This was our best fish today. It was all about the
snook. Probably about a dozen. They were in unexpected places. A few mangrove snappers, all slightly short. Just a snookin' kind of day, I guess. I would never complain about that!"

Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!

| * See PHOTOS and reports on our Gallery page.

Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop reports catches of
juvenile tarpon both in the river and on the beach.

Sebastian Inlet report:

We have a nice morning at the inlet. Winds are
blowing out of the North at 8 mph, gusting to 10 and
there is a light chop on the water. Forecasts are calling for another dry day today.

Schools of mullet are attracting some nice predators.
We're seeing the Redfish bite pick up as it does every fall. Snook are biting too but Reds are the big draw right now. A lot of slot sized and a few oversized Reds are coming over the rails for our jetty anglers.

The Mangrove Snapper has slowed some, many think it's due to the dark water, but inlet anglers are still getting a few. Medium to large Jacks have been active and Flounder have started to appear but not in big numbers yet, it's still a little early for them. Tarpon are active on the flats and along the beaches.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, October 1st 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Our speaker for October is DR. AARON ADAMS, Director of Science and Conservation for Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and author of the books: “Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey: How to Match Coastal Prey Fish & Invertebrates with the Fly Patterns That Imitate Them” and “The Fisherman's Coast: An Angler's Guide to Marine Warm-Water Gamefish and Their Habitats”.

His presentation will be about the link between healthy fisheries and healthy habitats, and why anglers need to be concerned about the state of Florida's coastal habitats. He will show comparisons between the Indian River Lagoon and other locations with similar habitats and fisheries.

Dr. Adams has had an interesting and varied life.

Aaron grew up in the Baltimore area and fished the creeks of Maryland’s eastern shore.

His aptitude for science was apparent even in middle school, and by the time he graduated from high school, he knew that he wanted to study fish biology. By the time he graduated from St. Mary’s College in southern Maryland, he’d become fascinated by the saltwater marine world, and he headed to the Pacific to teach outdoor education on Catalina Island, off the coast of California.

For the next couple of years, his life revolved around the ocean. He spent time as a commercial diver in Santa Cruz, cleaning boat hulls and changing props. Next, he went to work for the California Department of Fish and Game, sampling rockfish catches.

He returned east in 1990 to get a Master’s degree from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary.

After graduate school, Aaron took a job as a fish biologist for the government of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. Aside from offering a chance to live in a tropical paradise, his new position required Aaron to explore the marine ecosystem from a variety of perspectives.
He performed SCUBA fish censuses, sampled commercial catches, administered recreational fishing surveys, and analyzed data. He created a datafeedback program that allowed commercial fishermen to see the results of the data they provided and, created offshore buoy fish attractors to take pressure off the reef.

St. Croix was an important stop in Adams’s career as a conservationist. St. Croix had once been a bonefish paradise — baseball star and angler Ted Williams said that the island in the 1960s featured the best bonefishing he’d ever seen—but by the time Adams arrived in 1993, finding catchable fish was tough.

After four years in the tropics, it was time to go back to school. Since Adams’s wife Maria had been accepted into the veterinary program at Tufts University, in Massachusetts, Adams decided to pursue his PhD at UMass-Boston. He continued the research of reef fish he’d begun in St. Croix, and his love of sight-fishing led to him spend time chasing stripers on the flats of Cape Cod. In 2001, he completed his dissertation on juvenile coral reef fish and received his doctorate. He and Maria moved to Florida, where he became Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Lab’s Charlotte Harbor field station. Adams left Mote in 2013 to join the Research Associate Faculty at Florida Institute of Technology.

Within BTT, Adams is responsible for oversight of the entire research program, as well as the organization’s staff and overall direction. He also keeps involved in research, such as bonefish tagging studies to identify bonefish spawning locations (colleagues figured out bonefish spawning patterns a couple of years ago) and to identify and protect fishing grounds. He’s also involved in Project Permit, a project sponsored by Costa to tag permit to figure out their movement patterns (believe it or not, that’s never been done before) in Florida, Mexico, and Belize.

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Announces New Executive Director

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, a conservation organization focused on protecting bonefish, tarpon, permit and their habitats, has announced the selection of Jim McDuffie as its first Executive Director. The selection follows an extensive national search.

"The BTT leadership felt it was time to hire an Executive Director to lead us into our next chapter as an organization," explained Tom Davidson, BTT Chairman. "We feel that Jim is the ideal person to fill
the position with his experience in the non-profit conservation realm and his extensive fundraising and nonprofit management skills, which will complement the abilities of Dr. Aaron Adams, Director of Science and Conservation and Alex Lovett-Woodsum, Director of Development and Communications.

"McDuffie has worked for more than 25 years in the non-profit sector, including the past two decades with The Nature Conservancy. During that time, he served on the executive management teams of the Florida,North Carolina and Maryland/DC chapters as well as led the organization's fundraising programs in each state. His tenure also included conservation fellowships in Australia and Palau, where he worked with NGO partners to develop financially viable organizations.

Some 30 years ago Frank Catino, Craig Smith and I heard about a new fly club in the Orlando area. We decided to check it out and once a month would make the drive over to attend their meeting. In our area there were a few fellow fly fishers and in central Brevard there were two fly clubs. After making the commute for a couple of years we decided to try and form a club in the S Brevard area. The three of us along with Mike Horne and Bill Sargent met and discussed the concept.

We wanted to center the club not around competition or outings but education. We discouraged any political discussions, affiliations other than the Federation of Fly Fishers, but promoted fly fishing as an ethical and sporting manner of enjoying the outdoors. We looked for fly fishing as the common thread. At our first meeting at the Red Lobster on the corner of Dairy Road and 192 we had about 30 members join, men, women, and children. We have always tried to have it be a dinner meeting with the idea of being able to meet and socialize with fellow flyfishers.

We have had some great speakers over the years, most very informative about the sport or the environs which we fish in. We’ve had some of the greatest casters share their methods with us. People like Lefty, Steve Rajeff, and Sweet Lou Tabory. We’ve had great fishermen and guides, like Steve Huff, Rob Fordyce,Chico, Flip, Kantner, Mike Holiday and of course our own Tom Pierce, and Frank Catino. We’ve had artists like Tim Borski, photographers like Pat Ford and Mark Hatter, Ladies such as Diana Rudolf and Marcia Foosaner, and scientists like Grant Gilmore, Aaron Adams, and Jon Shanker.

The diversity in our speakers is only surpassed by that of our members. We’ve had a leader of a country during the Bosnian conflict. Engineers, attorneys, craftsmen, repairmen, artists, politicians, artists, photographers, doctors, policemen, military, investors, CIA operatives, veterinarians, guides, school teachers, rocket scientist, students, wives, girlfriends, children, newspaper writers, real estate owners and brokers, ranchers and students, just to name a few. The common element to all of the above is fly fishing and our club which now begins its 27th year.

fly tying

Jeff Ward always ties an interesting fly, and brings all the material you will need to duplicate it. Come the Melbourne Library on
October 19th at 6:15 and join the group. You will enjoy it.

Click here for details


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