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

’Tis the season to give thanks and to count our many
President Brian Hatfield
December 2014

Welcome to new members

Welcome to our new November members:
Chris and Robin Broomfield of Rockledge, John BoundsIndian of Harbour Beach, Joe Samways of Palm Bay, and Elizabeth Watson of Sebastian

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

next outing

Saturday, December 13th
Lake Washington
Brats at noon

Go the the Outings page for details.

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

fly tying

December 15th
, 2014
For December, Jeff Ward will be tying a Lefty's
Deciever in baby trout colors.

Click here for more details


Get your new club hat, with this artistic logo.

Steve Kantner, “The Land Captain”, who has pre-sented programs at our club several times, has pub-lished a new book, “Ultimate Gudie to Fishing SouthFlorida on Foot.” It is available on the web through Amazon or Stackpolebooks.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday,December 4th

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!


Andy demonstrating how to apply pressure to a tarpon

Andy Mill presented an informative all day program to the club recently. Andy is an interesting individual. He grew up in Aspen, fishing in the summer and skiing in the winter. He has had great success in the very competitive fields of international skiing and tarpon tournaments, and comments that he is strongly driven by the desire to win in these situations,yet he comes across as a nice guy, not a cut throat competitor. He has studied fish (particularly tarpon) intensely and understands them well. He emphasizes the need to analyze the situation before casting to a fish and to make your first cast count, placing the fly in the optimum position and giving it the appropriate action to entice the fish to eat, in the situation as it exists. His pictures of fish in the water, and his suggestions for the best place to cast to them were invaluable.

He is an excellent casting instructor and patiently coached a long line of attendees behind the parking lot. A few words from him converted many average casters to polished performers.

Thanks, Andy, for a great program.

Andy’s book, A Passion for Tarpon includes a special forward by George H. M. Bush, an Introduction by Lefty Krey, and photography by Pat Ford, an impressive set of names.


.Andy's Fly Boxes





A great opportunity for young people to expand their knowledge of fly fishing is on the horizon. The Bighorn River Youth Adventure is currently taking applications for the 2015 program at Fort Smith, MT on the banks of the world famous Bighorn River. Twelve young fly fishers will be invited by the Bighorn River Alliance for a four day fly tying, fly casting and fly fishing adventure. All meals, lodging, airport shuttles and guides will be provided free of charge.

The Florida Council, through the “Skip Mackey Youth Award,” will help fund transportation costs for a Florida youth accepted for the National Program.

The dates for the Bighorn Youth Adventure will be June 24,25,26 & 27, 2015 with a travel day before and after. Details of the program are at Information on the Florida Council award is available through Ron Winn. or any other BFFA Board member.

Application deadline is soon, so get any youth nominations in immediately. It is a great experience for a deserving young angler

Bettty Brown forwards the following message from Robert Pence:

The Canaveral Port Authority has begun the permitting process for the building of a rail line from the North Port area to Merritt Island. This line will cross the Banana River to the south of KARS Park, effectively closing access to most of the present No Motor zone, if not entirely. It will also cause more damage to the Banana river ecosystem and fishing in the Indian river lagoon.

Hearings were held in November. An Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled for release early next year..

Don't Go Behind the Snake
by Ron Winn as told to Frank Perkins

Ron Winn, Secretary-for-life of BFFA, recently hadan interesting trip, accompanied by ex Brevard resident Steve Morgan, to a new Peacock Bass fishery in the upper Amazon basin. This fishery, on the Marie' River is being,developed in conjunction with the local Indian tribe, who,own river and land use rights in the area.

The headwaters of the Rio Marie' lie more that 400 air miles northwest of Manaus in the rainforest bridging the border between Brazil and Columbia. There is no more distant or isolated fishery in all of the Amazon Basin.There are no nearby roads, no airstrips, and the only way to get there is by boat or float plane. The distant mountains of Columbia were visible from the fishing location. Rio Marié is unique in having 497 miles of exclusive access to the only catch-and-release, fly fishing only riveri n a part of the world where rivers are often shared by a half dozen fishing operations.

Rio Marié is claimed as the home to more double digit, trophy Peacock Bass and a higher concentration of those monster fish than any other river in the Amazon. Ron's largest was 20 pounds, and Steve caught a 21.5 pounder. The biggest reported from earlier trips on the river was 22.4 pounds.

The trip was based on a mothership which moved each day to access new water. Sleeping rooms were small but comfortably air conditioned. The food was good.

Fishing was from large, fast, specially built aluminum skiffs with generous casting decks fore and aft. Two guests fished per boat, serviced by two guides. The prime guide was experienced in rigging and fish and boat handling, and able to communicate in Portuguese with the second guide,a local Indian, with specialized knowledge of the river and the fish in it.

It was bee season on the Marie'. Large bumble bees swarmed, probably attracted to perspiration, and were a severe annoyance but weren't inclined to sting or bite.

About the snakes. One day a large green snake was spotted swimming the river. The head guide circled it in the boat to get pictures. Afterwards, the Indian guide held a lengthy Portuguese conversation with the main guide, to the effect that they were fated for a poor day because they had inadvertently approached the snake from the rear, showinga lack of respect. It turned out that they lost every large fished hooked that day.

On a later day, they encountered another snake, and this time knew the correct approach, and they landed lots of big fish.

Live and learn!.

More Photos from the Trip showing the different color phases of Peacocks

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