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:
an active Member Club
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senior (65+) - US - $25.00
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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
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
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DUES are DUE
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
None in October - go to EXPO
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
Goodes 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
Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, October 1st 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
speaker for October is DR.
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.
Adams has had an interesting and varied life.
Aaron grew up in the Baltimore area and fished the creeks
of Marylands 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. Marys College in southern Maryland, hed
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
He returned east in 1990 to get a Masters 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
St. Croix was an important stop in Adamss 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 hed
ever seenbut 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 Adamss 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 hed 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 Labs 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 organizations 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. Hes also involved in Project Permit, a project
sponsored by Costa to tag permit to figure out their movement
patterns (believe it or not, thats never been done before)
in Florida, Mexico, and Belize.
& 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
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.
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.
had some great speakers over the years, most very informative
about the sport or the environs which we fish in. Weve
had some of the greatest casters share their methods with us.
People like Lefty, Steve Rajeff, and Sweet Lou Tabory. Weve
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. Weve 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.
in our speakers is only surpassed by that of our members. Weve
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.
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
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