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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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
picture is worth...."
to new members Mark and Janet Soley
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
Marine Lab in Vero Beach
on August 30
Go the the Outings page for details.
Winn reports tarpon close in to the beach at first light.
Go early for them.
John Vaughn reports fishing slow in his normal patrol
area south of the Eau Gallie River
Send us your reports and
Don't forget to send us your photos!
More photos can be seen on our Gallery
MONTHLY FLY TYING
*New date this month only
The fly will be tying will be
the "Sigmund Slider"
Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, Aug 7th
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
August program will be presented by our own Billy Kempfer,
speaking on the history of cattle ranching in Florida. The Kempfer
Cattle Company has roots dating back to as early as 1888 when
George W. Hopkins moved from Michigan to Florida to harvest
timber and take advantage of the vast prairies on the headwaters
of the St. John's River for raising cattle. Hopkins built a
large sawmill, Union Cypress Company, south of Melbourne in
the town of Hopkins. In order to move the cypress timber from
Deer Park to the mill in Hopkins, he constructed a railroad.
Known as The Union Cypress Railroad, the rail stretched east
from Hopkins to Deer Park with spurs branching out all over
the ranch. Remnants of the old railroad can still be found on
the ranch. Hopkins and his wife had four children. Their daughter,
Agnus later married George H. Kempfer, who began to oversee
the timber operation. In 1915, Kempfer Land and Cattle Company
was formed. It's said that at one time the family ran about
10,000 cows on 104,000 acres.
In 1919, the Union Cypress Sawmill company burned down. In 1925,
after the passing of George W. Hopkins, William H. Kempfer received
his familys share of the estate and the ranch became known
as Kempfers Deer Park Ranch.
George H. Kempfer, son of William and Agnes, married Carolyn
Reed and they raised four children. Together they managed the
ranch until Georges early death in 1962. Carolyn continued
the management on her own until sons Billy and Reed took over
in the late 60's. In early 1980 George W. Hopkinss great-grandsons
Reed and Billy Kempfer constructed a new cypress sawmill in
Deer Park as Kempfer Sawmill, Inc. In 1983 Deer Park Ranch started
doing business as Kempfer Cattle Company.
Today the ranch is owned and operated by Billy and Reed Kempfer
and their families, who operate approximately 25,000 acres of
the same country their ancestors put together.
Billy is an active member of the club and has provided hospitality
and fishing space for a number of kids programs as well as donating
adult fishing programs on his property for the benefit of club
forget to plan for the IFFF Florida Fly Fishing Expo
October 10 - 11, 2014, at the Plantation on Crystal
River. The Plantation is a beautiful facility that is well
suited for the show with direct access to Kings Bay for
fishing, plenty of green space for outdoor events, good
food and many other amenities that include a 27-hole golf
The show will include fly tying demonstrations by some of
the best in the southeast, casting clinics by FFF Certified
Casting Instructors, many programs and workshops on fly
fishing and related topics, an auction and raffles, a banquet
and several days of visiting.
Order tickets via Eventbrite:
the second year in a row, scientists, guides, and volunteers
from Bonefish and Tarpon Trust went on the hunt for baby
bonefish in the Florida Keys. By baby we mean
juvenile Albula vulpes less than 5 long or bonefish
larvae. In the past, BTT has funded research in the Bahamas
to identify preferred nursery habitats for the juvenile
bonefish. We are now taking that information and applying
it in the Florida Keys to identify similar habitats.
In our previous search during the summer of 2013, we were
unsuccessful in finding any baby bonefish in the Keys.
Their absence obviously raised some concerns
and we were eager to see if sampling a year later would
yield a more positive resulT.
After revising our search strategy based on the previous
years results and new information from the Bahamas,
BTT set out for the week long Baby Bonefish Blitz in June.
We are happy to announce that this year we were successful
in locating juvenile bonefish in one location of the Upper
Keys where BTT staff and volunteers seined a shoreline
that had been identified as likely juvenile bonefish habitat.
The juveniles were found with a couple hundred mojarras,
something weve come to expect based on the previous
BTT research conducted in The Bahamas. We are
currently awaiting genetic analysis to confirm that these
were juvenile Albula vulpes, and not one of the other
species of bonefish that arent caught in the recreational
In many of the places where we did not find juvenile bonefish,
we located beautiful habitat that seemed ideal. We will
continue to refine our sampling techniques to locate juvenile
bonefish nurseries in the Florida Keys and further our
understanding and conservation of the Florida Keys flats
address data shortcomings specific to the permit species,
the Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT) and Costa Sunglasses are
initiating a multi-year Permit Research
Program in Florida. BTT plans to work with sponsors, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, anglers
and guides on this multi-year effort.
In coordination with the BTT, Costa has dedicated fours
years of funding to support a state-wide tagging program
for permit. In 2010, Costa will make available 6,000 tags
for the Permit Tagging Project. The Permit Tagging Project
will be a statewide effort
encouraging anglers and guides to tag permit. The catch
and recapture data will finally inform permit movements
in Florida waters, and provide managers with new data that
might be applied to management zones. For example: are the
permit that spawn on artificial reefs off southwest Florida
the same permit that inhabit the Florida Keys, or do they
come from elsewhere; are the permit of Florida a single
population, or are permit populations regional?
On April 7th, 2014, as part of Costa's Project Permit, we
ventured out and successfully placed the first ever satellite
tag on a Florida Keys permit! Costa's
Project Permit is a joint effort between Bonefish and Tarpon
Trust and Costa Sunglasses to address data shortcomings
specific to the permit species.
From the Renzetti web site
tying has come a long way since its crude beginnings in
the early 19th century. There seems to be conflicting dates
but you get the general idea. The history of fly
tying is concomitantly tied to the evolution and history
of fly fishing. The basic fly tying methods and techniques
have not changed dramatically since the origins but there
have been sensational changes in the tools and materials
that are used, especially with synthetics, hook designs,
The first flies were tied bare handed, literally, but the
advent of vises made the whole process a bit easier. Even
to this day tyers aim to impress others by tying flies with
their bare hands. This really makes no sense to me because
we have vises to utilize; however, I guess it can be equated
to hunting with a traditional long bow and arrow instead
of a high powered rifle. The process takes one back to the
roots and tradition of the activity.
One of the earliest references to the use of a fly tying
vise is in Ogden on Fly Tying (London, 1887). The first
vises were a crude rendition of today's versions but they
the job and allowed for more detailed work compared to holding
the hook with the bare hand. (See the illustration to the
left.) Similar to whip finishing by hand as opposed to using
a great little tool fly tyers affectionately call a whip
Through the years, much has been written about the imitation
theories of fly design but not all successful fly patterns
actually imitate something to the fish. At the same
time, some patterns don't catch any fish at all. Back to
the drawing board.
Patterns are often categorized as attractors, imitators,
attractor/imitators, impressionistic, searchers, etc...
Today, there is a huge range of fly patterns that are both
documented and undocumented. These patterns were created
multitude of species, including trout, salmon, steelhead,
Atlantic salmon, carp, bass, bonefish, tarpon, trevally,
pike, and the list goes on. In fact, just about every species
in the world is sought after by fly fisherperson's. Fly
anglers are even constructing flies that catch various species
of fish that forage on vegetable matter and plankton, like
the elusive milkfish and grass carp.
The options are endless and the amount of patterns in the
world today is almost infinite. Technological advancements
in the field have a lot to do with this phenomenon but we
must also honor numerous icons for their creative spark
and motivation to better fly fishing and fly tying- Marbury,
LaFontaine, Whitlock, Swisher, Richards, Marinaro, etc.,
etc.. If you're not familiar with these names you need to
do a bit of research and reading; they come highly recommended.
These great minds have paved the way for us to be able to
do what we are doing today. They were well ahead of their
your new club hat, with this artistic logo.