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
of the International Federation of
Become a Member of the IFFF
Only $35.00 Membership fees 1 year
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
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
Tails and Cocktails benefiting Casting for
Recovery, the Breast Cancer recovery organization will be
held in Jacksonville on Friday, October 3.,sponsored by
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
Please help support this program.
(*mark your check for Florida Chapter)
the season to give thanks and to count our many
President Brian Hatfield
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
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
Saturday, December 13th
Brats at noon
Go the the Outings page for details.
forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
More photos can be seen on our Gallery
MONTHLY FLY TYING
December, Jeff Ward will be tying a Lefty's
Deciever in baby trout colors.
Click here for
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
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!
how to apply pressure to a tarpon
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.
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.
Andys 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.
BIGHORN RIVER ALLIANCE AND
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS
ARE SPONSORING BIGHORN RIVER SUMMER YOUTH ADVENTURE 2015
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 http://www.bighornriveralliance.org.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!.