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
of the International Federation of
Become a Member of the IFFF
Only $35.00 Membership fees 1 year
senior (65+) - US - $25.00
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of Fly Fishers
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
and $10 for a student. If you have joined from May on in 2013
you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined
in 2013 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
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
Please help support this program.
(*mark your check for Florida Chapter)
Don "Shogun" Davis
Welcome to our
of Palm Bay
Mike Faulkingham of South Portland, Maine
John and Gini McCain of W St. Paul, MN
View our list of 2014
We have been operating as a club
for 23 years.
One of our founding fathers Ron, Winn wrote the history of
the club on our About Us
None this month
Go the the Outings page for details.
Send us your reports and
Don't forget to send us your photos!
Photos can be seen on our Gallery page.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
March 17, 2014
Jeff Ward will be tying the Tarpon Toad Fly.
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miss the opportunity to hang a genuine Tim Borski
painting on your wall! The painting, about 24
by 30 in size, will be raffled off to a lucky
member. A limited number of tickets be sold for $10.
See Ron Winn for tickets. Winner will be announced when
all tickets are sold.
of the painting are featured on the fishing shirts are
also offered by the club. See Don Davis or Ron Winn
Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, MARCH 6th
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Fun Fund-Raiser of the Year
This month is our annual auction
Turknett will be our auctioneer again. We owe him many thanks
for his great jobs in the past and look forward to another great
auction. There will be lots of custom flies, rods, reels, and
assorted other items. A couple we are aware of is an Able
Super 12 reel in pristine condition capable of subduing
anything short of AA fuel dragster! And a Sage Xi-3.
Please help by not only donating an item but buying some as
The auction is the major fund-raiser for the club and allows
us to keep the dues low, while offering interesting programs
from the cream of the fly fishing world.
Members and guests may participate in the auction by donating
an item (from $5 to $500) for sale. Search your boat, garage
and storage cabinets for under-used or duplicate fishing or
outdoor equipment and bring it in to the auction.
Then come and bid aggressively so your club can have another
great year. Checks and cash are accepted at the auction.
This year we plan to put some items in a silent auction in order
to speed up the evenings activities.
Captain Rob Fordyce
Each year we feature an all day program by a distinguished fly
fisherman, who lectures and demonstrates the many aspects of
the sport.This year we will meet at our favorite Bar B Q hangout,
Memaws, on Eau Gallie Boulevard in Indian harbor Beach.
We will start at 8:00 AM with breakfast and continue until you
run our of questions. Price is $20 for club members and includes
breakfast and lunch.
Our program this year will feature Rob Fordyce.
He is a professional saltwater guide with over 30 years of experience
guiding anglers for big tarpon as well as permit, bonefish,
snook and many other saltwater game-fish. He grew up fishing
in South Florida and the Everglades and won a Master Angler
Award while still in high school, and is still the youngest
MET Master Anglerof all time. He attended the University of
Tennessee on a baseball scholarship.
Widely regarded as one of the best light tackle and fly-fishing
guides in the Florida Keys, he has won orplaced among the top
three finishers in more than 100 tournaments he has fished during
his career, including,the prestigious Gold Cup Tarpon Fly Fishing
Tourna-ment, the Outback Golden Fly, the Don Hawley Invitational
Tarpon Release Tournament, and the Yamaha Outboards Womens
World Tarpon Fly Championship.Rob is the ONLY guide to have
won all four major FlyTarpon Tournaments in the 50 years of
their history . Rob has made appearances as a guide in saltwater
fishing shows, including Flip Pallots Walkers Cay
Chronicles ,and the Spanish Fly with Jose Wejebe. He also hosted
a TV show, "The Search for Records". Rob guides
on average over 300 days a year and still finds time to giveback
to the saltwater community, presenting seminars on saltwater
fishing to sportsman's clubs and sharing his knowledge throughout
the entire industry. He co-au-thored "Tarpon on Fly"
in collaboration with Donald Larmouth, which is considered to
be the DEFINITIVE bookon fly-fishing for the Silver King.
He has also explored extensively for peacock bass in the Amazon
and the reef fisheries of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Come and enjoy an interesting program
by Frank Perkins
we forget the details of some unique features of local geography,
and the Saint Johns River is a case in point. Even the official
namelooks a little strange; we are used to writing it "St.John's".
The local native Americans called it Welaka, meaning "river
of lakes", an appropriate name.
It is the longest river in Florida, stretching 300 odd miles
to Jacksonville, but only dropping about 30 feet in this distance,
one of the lowest gradients in the continent. Of the few North
American river that flow south to north, only the Monongahela
is longer. The St Johns is the southern-most river with a
run of shad.
are rare these days, but the St Johns has two. The Fort Gates
Ferry (seen to the right), also
known as the Gateway Ferry, connects Fort Gates Ferry Road
near Pomona Park on the east bank of the St. Johns River with
Forest Service Road 43, leading to Salt Springs in the Ocala
National Forest, on the west bank. The ferry first entered
service in the 1850s and is the oldest ferry service still
operating in Florida. Another ferry provides access to Hontoon
Island State Park.
The St Johns includes a number of lakes-the exact number being
a matter of definition. I am inclined to include only those
the river flows through, rather than just connected by a single
The upper lakes are familiar to us:
Lake Hell'n Blazes (other lakes,as far away as Blue
Cypress contribute to the flow, depending on the season
and rainfall, but Hell'n Blazes makes a convenient, if arbitrary,
Little Lake Sawgrass
Big Lake Sawgrass
Lake Poinsett, named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, a diplomat
who brought the poinsettia to the United States There is a
Ruth Lake on some lists between Poinsett and Harney, but I'm
not familiar with it.
Puzzle Lake can be called a lake or a collection of
meandering channels, but it can be a Puzzle to navigate anyway.
The lakes get bigger and less familiar as we go north:
Lake Jessup is on some lists but is out of the main flow,
connected only by a short channel.
Lake George is the second largest lake in Florida From
here north the river is wider, brackish, subject to tides
and includes no true lakes.
A canoe or kayak trip from source to mouth would make an excellent
adventure for some club member. We will publish the journal
of anyone who makes it.
Images below show the St. Johns from upper (South) to lower
RETURN TO THE RIVERS
A "Catskill Primer"