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


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 2013 you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined before May
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 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.
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Do your part to Take Marlin off the Menu!

Limit your kill, don’t kill your limit !

Please practice Catch and Release

President Don "Shogun" Davis
July 2014

View our list of 2014 new members

Member Information:

club history

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

Our resident CPA, Ron Winn, offers the following advice:
"To get on your feet, skip a couple of car payments".

next outing

None this month

Go the the Outings page for details.

Paul and Sherry Parker reported two trips to the Miami canals (off I-95) catching over 200 and 400 bass up to 4.5 pounds. Due to recent rain in the south FL, the fish are now able to move into the grass making them harder to catch. They also had a good saltwater trip to the IRL catching over 40 mangrove snappers along the buoys.

Ron Winn reports seeing schools of bait fish showing up in the surf but the summer snooks have not shown up yet.

Jim Chell reported the poor trout fishing in the south IRL, but active small tarpon catching in the canals off the IRL. His favorite fly is the black schminnow on an owner 1/0 hook.|

Dale Sparling also reports catches of juvenile tarpon in the backwaters of the IRL.

Ron Smith
reported a good outing at one of the lakes on the Kempfer’s ranch catching over 120 fish using a yellow popper.

Billy Kempfer took his 16 years old grandson for a guided trip to Marco Island last week. His grandson caught over 6 snooks on fly and altogether they caught over a dozen snook and a red.

Mike Horne and his wife had good guided trips out of Chokoloskee last week and reported catching snooks (to 32 inches), reds, red groupers, etc.

Send us your reports and
Don't forget to send us your photos!

More photos can be seen on our Gallery page.

"Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary"

Patrick McManus

fly tying

July 21st
, 2014
Jeff Ward will be tying the Worm Hook Clouser

Click here for more details

A waterspout over Tampa Bay, June 11th, 2014

Get your new club hat, with this artistic logo.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, July 3rd
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Marty Smithson

Our July program will be presented by our own Martin S. (Marty) Smithson.

Marty’s technical career began after leaving graduate school in the mountains of Tennessee in 1978 to teach Marine Science/Oceanography in a private school in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After 1.5 years in paradise, he then worked for Olin Chemicals Corp. for 6 years as an Environmental Scientist working around the country before moving to Florida in 1986. In Florida, his past 28 years have been focused on the Indian River Lagoon in several capacities: Water Resources Director in private consulting, Director of Brevard County’s first stormwater utility, Director of the IRL National Estuary Program, and Director of the Sebastian Inlet District for the past 10 years.

In 2007 the District dredged a 3,120 ft. channel to connect the inlet with the ICW, a feat that had many stalled attempts dating back to 1938. In the last five years the District Commission has completed several large construction projects improving the inlet and its management into the future

Marty lives in Melbourne with his wife LeAnn where they have raised three children and he pursues his passions in home repairs, yard maintenance, then fishing, boating and golf.

The Florida Council of the IFFF released the following announcement:
Crystal River, Florida -- Organizers for the fifth annual Florida Fly Fishing Expo have selected world renowned fly fishing experts Bob Clouser of Pennsylvania and Wanda Taylor of Georgia as special guest instructors at the Oct. 10-11, 2014 Expo at The Plantation on Crystal River.

Clouser, an internationally respected fly fishing instructor and author, created the Clouser Deep Minnow, the most-used, most recognized fly in the world. He is renowned for his broad knowledge and experience in all areas of fly casting.

Taylor is the first ever woman certified as a master fly casting instructor by the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF). Her programs include just-for-women workshops and clinics. She is known for her skills as an instructor and her fly fishing and fly casting skills. Taylor is also co-founder of Casting for Confidence, a retreat for breast cancer survivors.

Women and teens are increasingly attracted to fly fishing, so this year the Florida Fly Fishing Expo offers even more women’s and kids’ fly fishing clinics, programs, and classes," said IFFF-Florida Council President Tom Gadacz. "Bob Clouser and Wanda Taylor will demonstrate and teach their fly fishing skills. In addition a team of some of the most knowledgeable and respected fly tiers, fly casters, and fly fishing guides in the Southeast and the entire country will provide excellent programs and clinics.

Special Expo programs will include IFFF-certified fly casting instructors and fly tiers teaching their skills. Hands-on clinics, demonstrations and workshops include instruction for beginning through advanced fly casters, outdoor photography classes, fly fishing techniques, building first-aid kits for boat and trail, tying effective new fly patterns, fly casting accuracy and distance and much more. The Florida Fly Fishing Expo also offers resource-awareness exhibits and indoor and outdoor and displays of the newest fly rods, reels, lines, clothing, kayaks, and other gear.

Admission to the family-friendly expo is $10, which includes both days. Admission is free to kids 16 and younger when accompanied by an adult.

Make plans to attend. Perhaps the club can organize a group trip for members to this EXPO.

The Club recently received the following letter, acknowledging our $1000 donation in honor of Skip Mackey. This IFFF program will provide an all expense paid fishing trip to a deserving youth in 2015. Be planning ahead to nominating a local youth, when the process opens in early 2015. It sounds like a great program.

Help unlock the mystery of tarpon migration! In August of 2014, join Front Range Anglers owner Steve McLaughlin, Adam Marton, midwestern tarpon enthusiast and conservationist, Jerry Ault, acclaimed Marine Biologist, and the legendary Stu Apte, author, tarpon guru, holder of over 44 World Records and inductee of the Fishing Hall of Fame at the famous El Pescador Lodge in Belize. The objective of this unique tagging expedition is to satellite tag and release adult fish that are migrating to the Long Key region so that scientists from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science can study global movements, habitat, and behavior of these fish.

Front Range Anglers ( is excited to be able to offer up a number of limited spots in one of the two week-long fishing and information gathering expeditions. You can choose from Aug. 9-16 or Aug. 16-23.

Strangely marked tarpon from the west coast of Florida.

Let’s have a contest for the oldest picture of a memberwith fish.
Here’s mine, from about 1958. I am on the right and my Dad is on the left.
Send your entries to me at
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