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 2014 you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined before May in 2014 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

“Fish Tails and Cocktails” benefiting Casting for Recovery, the Breast Cancer recovery organization will be held in Jacksonville on Friday, October 3.,sponsored by Blackfly Outfitters.
For information,contact Robin Folsom, 321-258-1913

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

President Brian Hatfield
April 2015

Welcome to new members
View our list of 2015 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

next outing
None in April
Go the the Outings page for details on past events.

Louis Gaudet at Harry Goode’s reports good recent catches of Reds and Trout in the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian Inlet

Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
* Photos can be seen on our Gallery page.

fly tying

Jeff Ward
In April Jeff will tie a Weedless Shrimp
Monday, April 20th, 6:15 P.M.
Melbourne Public Library
Fee Ave. in Melbourne

Click here for details

Free Fly Tying Class
at Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop
The last Saturday of every month!
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
All you need to bring is a fly tying vise.
All other materials will be provided

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, April 2nd 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Our program for April will be
presented by Louis Gaudet, of
Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop.
Louis taught at L.L. Bean and Orvis
casting schools
He has been in this area for 2.5 years.
and was a freshwater trout guide for 8 yrs
on the Farmington river in Connecticut
and Delaware river in New York.
Louis has been fly fishing for 20 years,
starting at age 6
He is on the Scott fly rods pro staff.

Dr. Aaron Adams, of Florida Tech and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, is asking for our help. He is looking for guidance from recreational anglers on where to focus research, conservation, and restoration efforts that address our recreational fisheries.

Please provide answers to the questions below, and we'll forward them along to Aaron.

1. What are the top 3 threats to recreational fisheries of Indian River Lagoon? The more specific the answer, the better.

2. What are the top 3 projects or approaches to restore IRL's
recreational fisheries?

Replies can be sent to Frank Perkins,

Tight lines,

Each year our club awards a certificate and prize to a Brevard student for work in Scientific Research. This years award goes to Carson White of Pt. Malabar Elementary School.


The Editor has decided that his boat need a new home that will provide it more exercise. Anyone able to provide this home can get a real bargain.
The particulars are as follows:

Boat: 1975 Lucraft. 13’8”, 375 pounds, 68”beam
Motor: 2005 25 HP Johnson
Trailer: 1987 Harding
Trolling Motor: 2006 Minn Kota, Model 35T,27 pound thrust
Battery charger

Great fishing boat.
To see it, contact Frank Perkins at 676-0863 or

By Jeff Ward

The morning was near perfect on the Indian River flats. I was fishing the open sand holes on the grass flats in about four feet of water. Predators like sea trout, snook and redfish use these transitions as ambush points to attack baitfish like finger mullet and pinfish. I have always had a love of topwater fishing so this early morning I was casting an olive Dahlberg diver, a fly that makes a subtle plop and dives a few inches under the water on each strip of my line. My eyes strained to focus through my polarized sunglasses to pick up any kind of flash or shadow of a predator about to strike my fly. Then it happened, the strike.

I never saw it coming. A seagull from a hundred feet above dived down and crashed my fly. I couldn't yank my Dahlberg from him before he took it back to the skies. Certainly a fly rod is not designed to fight an aerial battle. This is embarrassing. I know you bow to a fish when he becomes airborne but do you constantly bow when fighting a seagull? When I do finally get him to the boat I just want to cut the leader but my eco-morality would not let me leave this bird with a decorative piercing. We don't need gulls with bling. With no protective glove, which I do now keep in my boat for any future bird battles, I grabbed the fighting bird and removed my fly with a pair of pliers. When it was all said and done my hand looked like I had done a tonsillectomy on a woodpecker. My hands stung from a hundred pecks when I rinsed them in the brackish estuary.

Abandoning the deeper flats I moved to fish the shallows between the docks that line the shore. When I cast my fly toward the shore I feel my boat lurch. A manatee has come up to the boat and is pulling on the hand towel I have hanging over the side. This encounter with an endangered species made me lose all concentration on fishing. As I knelt down to get a closer look at this creature playing with my boat, I heard the water explode where I had just cast my fly. Within the first ten seconds of the fight a jump revealed that I had a nice snook on the line. Did I hook this fish or was it the manatee dragging the boat which subsequently pulled the rod and fly who gets credit for hooking this snook?

The fight was on. I knew I had to keep the snook from running through the dock pilings where he would be looking for a cut off on the barnacles. If I could get him to deep water the fight would be much easier. My eco-morality kicked in again as I soon realized the trolling motor was not an option. That manatee was scratching his back on the prop. Almost all of them already have prop scars on their backs. While using side pressure I managed to steer the snook away from the dock toward deeper water. Now the fight would be

Coming in full bore, looking like mini nuclear subs with their conning tower dorsal fins and pushing a wake of water over their backs, were two dolphins These creatures believe in catch, release and eat. They also have an uncanny sense of whether a fish has an exposed hook in it. They will wait for anyone to unhook and release an easy meal for them. Side pressure loops the weary snook back to the boat. My first attempt to lip him failed as he swam right past me down the side of the boat. Then all hell broke loose. The snook sped up and launched himself up the back of the manatee out of the water towards the dock again. This caused the manatee to panic and blow water six feet in the air with his huge tail as he decided this is not the place to be. This commotion also sent the dolphins into a watery frenzy With one more loop away from the dolphins, I finally grabbed the snook by the lip and lifted him into the boat for a photo.

I moved my boat as close to shore as I could and revived the tired snook between my boat and the bank. In water that's eight inches deep, I knew he was safe from the opportunistic dolphins. As his strength came back I released him into the dock pilings where he would be safe.

It was all over. I used my trolling motor to move to open water. It's time to sip coffee, relax and enjoy the warmth of the sunrise. I thought to myself "I went through all this for one fish. Would I have to go through all this again for another? God I love nature and I thank him for the beautiful day, but I'm not young anymore, how about nature just a little at a time."

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Did you ever realize how many occupations arerepresented in the club?

Editor’s quick list:

Fishing guide
Insurance agent
Insurance adjustor
School principal
Newspaper columnist
Marine engineer
Tour boat operator

.................... What can you add?


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