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 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

Dominic Agostini asks....

Norman LeMoine of Melbourne
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
We will have a club fishing outing on Saturday,
December 12 at Lake Washington. Start fishing as early as you wish and assemble at the ramp by 11:30 for lunch of Brats and other good stuff.
This has been a popular outing in the past and is agood opportunity to visit and trade stories with fellow club members.
Go the the Outings page for details on past events.

Don Perchalski reports recent success on the east
side of the lagoon, north of the inlet. He report trout
and snook in Snag Harbor, flounder near Honest
Johns and ladyfish in the back of the inlet.

Sherry and Paul Parker report: “We just got back from NC fishing in the mountains for a week. Caught lots of trout! Had a great time and enjoyed the cool temps.”

Louis Gaudet reports that wind has been a problem,
but that but that catches of snook, trout and tarpon
have been reported from sheltered areas.Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!

* See PHOTOS and reports on our Gallery page

fly tying
For December, Jef Ward will be tying a
Flash Fiber Menhaden.

Click here for details


The Blobfish inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand.

They seldom hit top water flies, as they live at depths between 600 and 1,200 m (2,000 and 3,900 ft). The pressure there is 60 to 120 times as great as at sea level, which makes gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy. Instead, the flesh of the Blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it such as deep-ocean crustaceans.


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Also, please send any other historic pictures from
your collections for future issues.

Members are invited to contribute pictures, stories, fishing or conservation news or other items for BackCast. Just email them to Frank Perkins. Ideas for future coverage are also welcome.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

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

Every year for the holidays the club has a party where we all take the time to enjoy the season and exchange gifts. Members and guests may participate in the gift exchange if they bring a wrapped gift valued at around $20.(The gift swap is optional.)

The fun begins when we draw numbers and the winner selects a gift from the table, or from those already selected and unwrapped. The object of the game is to have the last number picked, as then you get your choice of all the gifts. The Honorable Bruce Jacobus will act as master of ceremonies, assuring a good time, but with judicial decorum.

To avoid license problems, the restaurant requests that no alcoholic gifts be opened. The club contributes to the cost of the meal as a gift to ourselves for having a successful club.

Dinners for members are $7.00, with family members entitled to two meals for $7.00 each. Guests can purchase a meal for the regular price of $14.00

Come and have a great time!

Some of my most enjoyable trips have been combination Earthwatch-fly fishing trips Try one next year.

What is Earthwatch? It’s a non-profit organization which finances scientific research expeditions to spots around the world. Funding comes from “share of expenses” donations by by laymen who earn the right to participate in a selected expedition as a volunteer.

Locations, areas of study and living conditions cover a wide spectrum. How about studying coral communities in the Seychelles?

You are not expected to bring any expertise–only enthusiasm.

You may not relish tent camping in Africa, but it’s only for two weeks. Or you can select an expedition with more civilized accomodations.

The personal rewards include the technical learning experience, meeting interesting people, and temporary immersion in a new location and culture, all enhanced by the tax-deductible nature of your travel costs and share of expenses.

A less obvious virtue is the ability to take advantage of a unique fly fishing experience. The local immersion often provides unique channels to local fishing expertise and , or you can pursue opportunities of which you have read. I have fished for trout in the
Falkland Islands, and salmon in Alaska as adjuncts to Earthwatch trips. (Make sure you segregate your fishing and personal expenses from your tax-deductible volunteer expenses.)

Get started by visiting the Earthwatch web site,, or calling 1-800-776- 0188, or contact Frank Perkins.

RAINFALL....We have had some good local rainstorms this year.
Some record rainfalls around the globe:
Most in one minute: 38 mm (1.5 in); Barot, Guadeloupe, 26 November 1970.

Most in one hour: 305 mm (12.0 in) in 42 minutes, Holt, Missouri, United States, 22 June 1947.

Most in 12 hours: 1,144 mm (45.0 in); Cilaos,Réunion, 8 January 1966, during tropical cyclone Denise.

Most in 24 hours: 1,825 mm (71.9 in); Cilaos,Réunion, 7–8 January 1966, during tropical cyclone Denise.

Most in 48 hours: 2,493 mm (98.1 in); Cherrapunji,Meghalaya, India, 15–16 June 1995.
Most in 72 hours: 3,929 mm (154.7 in); Commerson,Réunion, 24–26 February 2007.
Most in 96 hours: 4,869 mm (191.7 in); Commerson,Réunion, 24–27 February 2007.
Most in one year: 26,470 mm (1,042 in);Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India, 1860–1861.
Highest average annual total: 11,872 mm (467.4in); Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India.


One of the traditions of the club has been an old day presentation by some expert in the fly fishing community. This year we have invited Chico Fernandez to speak to us on January 9, 2016. The member only event will be held at Memaws and will get under way with breakfast at 8:30 AM and will conclude about 4:00 PM. Cost is $20, including breakfast and lunch. See or call Ron Winn to reserve a place.

Chico Fernandez was born in Cuba and moved to South Florida at a young age. With him he brought his love for fishing and began Fly fishing in Miami after meeting Flip Pallot. Chico began his career as an Accountant and Budget Director for Burger King but after a short time he left the corporate world to become involved in the outdoors and fishing fields. This included writing, teaching and consulting on all things saltwater Fly fishing. He has broken and held several world records including the largest Redfish taken with a Fly rod and the first angler to land a White Marlin on Fly. Chico is a steward of conservation and is a strong supporter of the CCA and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. He currently lives in Miami, FL and spends his time teaching others the joys of saltwater Fly fishing.

The 5th Fly Fishing & Rod Building Fair at Renzetti’s is scheduled for Dec. 4th and 5th of this year, at the Renzetti plant at 8800 Grissom Parkway in Titusuville

This event is organized and sponsored by Renzetti Inc. and its sister company, R Distribution LLC. with the sole mission to promote the sport of fly fishing and rod building as well as to benefit specific non for profit organizations. The proceeds from the 2015 Fly Fishing and Rod Building Fair will benefit the Florida programs offered by Casting for Recovery (an educational program for breast cancer survivors in a setting that helps lessen isolation, while providing a recreational activity with both physical and emotional benefits) and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (a fly fishing program designed for wounded military service members).

As in the past, some of the most legendary fly fishing celebrities will attend and present a program. Among the guests will be, Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Jon Cave, Flip Pallot, Nick Curcione, Bob Popovics, Pat Ehlers, John Stumpe, Curtis Baker just to mention a few. Renzetti will also be welcoming and introducing their Fly Tyer Ambassadors Chris Kincaid, Dave Schmezer, Jeff Ward, Ron Winn and Jay Murakoshi.

Many artists, fly fishing and boat manufacturers will be also attending and showcasing their latest gear. It is truly an unique and great opportunity to see what is new, to meet these dedicated and talented anglers, as well as to raise awareness and funds for the two organizations benefiting from this two days event. The Friday session runs from 12 pm to 4 pm. and features fly tying, casting and fly fishing destinations demonstrations by Bob Popovics, Steve Farrar, Capt. Scott Hamilton, and David Lambert.

The Saturday session will start at 9 am at Renzetti’s factory and continue until 3:30pm, a day filled with programs, fly tying, rod building demonstrations, company tours, raffles, silent auction and just a great day promoting the sport. The company tours feature state of the art machine tools which automatically produce vice parts from raw material without human intervention.

Entry Tickets for Friday Dec 4th are $10.00. Tickets for Saturday Dec 5th are $15.00, and $20.00 for both days. Children under 15 are free. . For information email, visit the web site at, or phone: 1-321-267-7705.


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