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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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
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)
Dominic Agostini is....
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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
would like to make club outings a social and educational
opportunity. Plan on attending the next outing with someone
you dont normally fish with, perhaps a new member.
Also, share your boat with a non-boating member. Just
inform any Board member
(see the list in BackCast) if you have a boat to share,
if you are currently boatless, and any suggestions you
have for a local destination.
We are planning an outing for the next couple of months,
so let us know your ideas.
the the Outings
page for details
Goodes shop reports Snook, Jack and Tarpon along the beach
between Satellite Beach and the Inlet. The Indian River has
been yielding some trout and juvenile Tarpon
Dick Petit recently tried an early morning wading trip
with his grandson. They saw lots of bait, and some tarpon,
but had no strikes.
Paul and Sherry Parker report good results on recent trips.
Paul and a nice Snook are shown in a photo on our Gallery
* view PHOTOS and reports on our
Jeff Ward will be tying a Stu Apte Tarpon Fly,one of the original
Click here for fly tying
Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, July 7th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Brown Trout - Iceland
Julys BFFA Member Fly Fishing Photo Showcase.
Next week Dominic Aggostini, our President and a Professional
Photographer, will be showcasing the fly fishing adventures
of our club members with their photos.
If you have not yet sent your favorite fly fishing photos to
firstname.lastname@example.org you still have time.
Many great photos have already been sent in.
Dont miss out on being a part of this fun program.
of New Zealand
am not a freshwater trout expert, but I have cast to enough
of them around the world to recognize a situation in which
trout fishing is different than the rest of the world.
New Zealand is a great country, with lots of varied sights
and a low population density. It has many gorgeous rivers
and lakes and a population of introduced trout. My brother
lived in New Zealand for many years, so I had a good reason
to make the long haul to the South Pacific. On my first several
trips I concentrated on visiting my brother and seeing the
sights, and fishing was secondary. Afterwards I realized that
my efforts a trout fishing had been notably productive. On
my next few trips, I set out to figure out why this was so.
My first step was to hire a local guide and observe him closely.
My success rate went up, but more importantly I recognized
that his style of fishing differed from what I had experienced
in other areas. He walked rapidly along the stream, his attention
closely focused on the river. Periodically he would stop and
quietly motion me into position to cast to a fish which I
could finally spot with his coaching. Sometimes the fish would
hit; other times he would ignore the fly. After a few casts,
usually without trying another fly, the guide would resume
his marathon up the river.
As I read and observed more, and talked to moreguides and
experts, I developed a theory which seemed to fit. First,
while the New Zealand rivers are clear and attractive, they
do not have the abundance of insect life of most other trout
streams. This means that there are many fewer trout, and this
means that many of the feeding lanes are empty, and casts
to them are futile. Thus it is more effective to spend your
time identifying the few feeding lanes that are occupied.
Hence the fast-paced searches conducted by the New Zealand
guides. Another apparent result of the lower trout density
is the larger average size of the trout. The reason for this
is less clear to me, but I suspect that it has to do with
the more carnivorous nature of the larger trout. They need
a more concentrated source of energy than is available from
the scarce insect population.
The behavior of the observed trout is also curious, in that
they seem hesitant to abandon their feedingstations even in
the face of less than ideal stealth by the angler. I soon
worked out a theory for this: the few large fish are dominant
in their section of the river and have claimed the most desirable
spots, both for feeding and for safety. Since they were already
in a safe location, they felt no compulsion to abandon it.
They might have more hesitation in hitting an even slightly
suspicious insect, but otherwise they would just ignore the
encroaching angler. Given this mindset by the trout, it was
best to abandon this fish and look for another, which might
be approached with more stealth.
One other observation offers promise of better trout fishing
in New Zealand, but I never had a chance to try it: It is
common in New Zealand to have a large trout grab a smaller
one you have hooked and are playing. This is evidence of more
reliance on meat than insects by New Zealand trout. To take
advantage of this, why not try one of our common large saltwater
streamer patterns. It would certainly raise eyebrows on a
New Zealand river, but if it works, who cares!
Whatever you fish for, observe and ponder what you see and
think outside the box!
has a new state record rainbow trout caught by 15-year-old
Benton resident John Morgan in Polk County on Friday,
June 17. The fish weighed 18 pounds and 8 ounces, measuring
32 inches long and 22 and one-fourth inches in girth.
The catch surpasses the previous record for a rainbow
trout in Tennessee of 16 pounds, 15 ounces which was set
in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir.
Morgan caught the record fish in a farm pond owned by
his grandfather's friend. He had agreed to help remove
a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring
a fishing pole along. Morgan didnt know that this
favor would lead to a new state record. After 45 minutes,
Morgan had fished a little, caught the turtle and decided
to fish for another 10 minutes before leaving. He cast
again and after a 20 minute struggle, he had the fish
on shore. A sophomore at Polk County High School, Morgan
fishes several days a week, mostly in the Hiwassee River.
I just love being outside, hunting and fishing,
said Morgan.Morgan has already dropped the fish off at
the Sebastian Inlet web site: 06-27-16 MONDAY: SPOTTY
ACTION, THE HEAT IS ON!
We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet.
Northwest winds are blowing at 5 mph, gusting to 6 and
the water is calm. Winds are predicted to increase some
this afternoon and we have a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.
Over the weekend we saw a nice variety of fish but not
in large numbers according to Sarah and the Sebastian
Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. We have a lot of bait in the
water and fish are plentiful but lethargic due to the
heat. The beaches are holding some nice fish also. Sarah
recommends light tackle if fishing the beaches. A few
Snapper, Margate, Lookdowns, Whiting, Reds, Mackerel and
Blue Runners came over the rails this weekend, but it
faithful Webmaster, M E DePalma, needs to devote her energies
to other activities and is resigning her position.
We need a replacement for her.
The job consists of uploading the newsletter contentsan
hour or two a month.
We need someone to step up for the job this month. See
Ron Winn or any member of the Board of Directors.
a previous issue of our Newsletter:
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