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 2013 you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined before May
in 2013 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

President Don "Shogun" Davis
"A picture is worth...."
August 2014

Welcome to new members Mark and Janet Soley

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

FIT Marine Lab in Vero Beach
on August 30

Go the the Outings page for details.

Ron Winn reports tarpon close in to the beach at first light. Go early for them.

John Vaughn reports fishing slow in his normal patrol area south of the Eau Gallie River

Send us your reports and
Don't forget to send us your photos!

More photos can be seen on our Gallery page.

fly tying

August 11th
, 2014 *New date this month only
The fly will be tying will be called
the "Sigmund Slider"

Click here for more details

Last month I solicited members for old pictures of
them with fish. Send more to join the great ones:
Send your entries to

M.E. DePalma age 10 or 11

Ned Scheerhorn with carp at age 6 or 7.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, Aug 7th
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Billy Kempfer

Our August program will be presented by our own Billy Kempfer, speaking on the history of cattle ranching in Florida. The Kempfer Cattle Company has roots dating back to as early as 1888 when George W. Hopkins moved from Michigan to Florida to harvest timber and take advantage of the vast prairies on the headwaters of the St. John's River for raising cattle. Hopkins built a large sawmill, Union Cypress Company, south of Melbourne in the town of Hopkins. In order to move the cypress timber from Deer Park to the mill in Hopkins, he constructed a railroad. Known as The Union Cypress Railroad, the rail stretched east from Hopkins to Deer Park with spurs branching out all over the ranch. Remnants of the old railroad can still be found on the ranch. Hopkins and his wife had four children. Their daughter, Agnus later married George H. Kempfer, who began to oversee the timber operation. In 1915, Kempfer Land and Cattle Company was formed. It's said that at one time the family ran about 10,000 cows on 104,000 acres.

In 1919, the Union Cypress Sawmill company burned down. In 1925, after the passing of George W. Hopkins, William H. Kempfer received his family’s share of the estate and the ranch became known as Kempfer’s Deer Park Ranch.

George H. Kempfer, son of William and Agnes, married Carolyn Reed and they raised four children. Together they managed the ranch until George’s early death in 1962. Carolyn continued the management on her own until sons Billy and Reed took over in the late 60's. In early 1980 George W. Hopkins’s great-grandsons Reed and Billy Kempfer constructed a new cypress sawmill in Deer Park as Kempfer Sawmill, Inc. In 1983 Deer Park Ranch started doing business as Kempfer Cattle Company.

Today the ranch is owned and operated by Billy and Reed Kempfer and their families, who operate approximately 25,000 acres of the same country their ancestors put together.

Billy is an active member of the club and has provided hospitality and fishing space for a number of kids programs as well as donating adult fishing programs on his property for the benefit of club conservation activities.

Don’t forget to plan for the IFFF Florida Fly Fishing Expo October 10 - 11, 2014, at the Plantation on Crystal River. The Plantation is a beautiful facility that is well suited for the show with direct access to Kings Bay for fishing, plenty of green space for outdoor events, good food and many other amenities that include a 27-hole golf course.

The show will include fly tying demonstrations by some of the best in the southeast, casting clinics by FFF Certified Casting Instructors, many programs and workshops on fly fishing and related topics, an auction and raffles, a banquet and several days of visiting.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

For the second year in a row, scientists, guides, and volunteers from Bonefish and Tarpon Trust went on the hunt for baby bonefish in the Florida Keys. By “baby” we mean juvenile Albula vulpes less than 5” long or bonefish larvae. In the past, BTT has funded research in the Bahamas to identify preferred nursery habitats for the juvenile bonefish. We are now taking that information and applying it in the Florida Keys to identify similar habitats.

In our previous search during the summer of 2013, we were unsuccessful in finding any baby bonefish in the Keys. Their absence obviously raised some concerns
and we were eager to see if sampling a year later would yield a more positive resulT.

After revising our search strategy based on the previous year’s results and new information from the Bahamas, BTT set out for the week long Baby Bonefish Blitz in June. We are happy to announce that this year we were successful in locating juvenile bonefish in one location of the Upper Keys where BTT staff and volunteers seined a shoreline that had been identified as likely juvenile bonefish habitat. The juveniles were found with a couple hundred mojarras, something we’ve come to expect based on the previous BTT research conducted in The Bahamas. We are
currently awaiting genetic analysis to confirm that these were juvenile Albula vulpes, and not one of the other species of bonefish that aren’t caught in the recreational fishery.

In many of the places where we did not find juvenile bonefish, we located beautiful habitat that seemed ideal. We will continue to refine our sampling techniques to locate juvenile bonefish nurseries in the Florida Keys and further our understanding and conservation of the Florida Keys flats fisheries..

To address data shortcomings specific to the permit species, the Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT) and Costa Sunglasses are initiating a multi-year Permit Research
Program in Florida. BTT plans to work with sponsors, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, anglers and guides on this multi-year effort.

In coordination with the BTT, Costa has dedicated fours years of funding to support a state-wide tagging program for permit. In 2010, Costa will make available 6,000 tags for the Permit Tagging Project. The Permit Tagging Project will be a statewide effort
encouraging anglers and guides to tag permit. The catch and recapture data will finally inform permit movements in Florida waters, and provide managers with new data that might be applied to management zones. For example: are the permit that spawn on artificial reefs off southwest Florida the same permit that inhabit the Florida Keys, or do they come from elsewhere; are the permit of Florida a single large
population, or are permit populations regional?

On April 7th, 2014, as part of Costa's Project Permit, we ventured out and successfully placed the first ever satellite tag on a Florida Keys permit! Costa's
Project Permit is a joint effort between Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Costa Sunglasses to address data shortcomings specific to the permit species.

From the Renzetti web site

Fly tying has come a long way since its crude beginnings in the early 19th century. There seems to be conflicting dates but you get the general idea. The history of fly
tying is concomitantly tied to the evolution and history of fly fishing. The basic fly tying methods and techniques have not changed dramatically since the origins but there have been sensational changes in the tools and materials that are used, especially with synthetics, hook designs, and vises.

The first flies were tied bare handed, literally, but the advent of vises made the whole process a bit easier. Even to this day tyers aim to impress others by tying flies with
their bare hands. This really makes no sense to me because we have vises to utilize; however, I guess it can be equated to hunting with a traditional long bow and arrow instead of a high powered rifle. The process takes one back to the roots and tradition of the activity.

One of the earliest references to the use of a fly tying vise is in Ogden on Fly Tying (London, 1887). The first vises were a crude rendition of today's versions but they did
the job and allowed for more detailed work compared to holding the hook with the bare hand. (See the illustration to the left.) Similar to whip finishing by hand as opposed to using a great little tool fly tyers affectionately call a whip finisher.

Through the years, much has been written about the imitation theories of fly design but not all successful fly patterns actually imitate something to the fish. At the same
time, some patterns don't catch any fish at all. Back to the drawing board.

Patterns are often categorized as attractors, imitators, attractor/imitators, impressionistic, searchers, etc... Today, there is a huge range of fly patterns that are both documented and undocumented. These patterns were created for a
multitude of species, including trout, salmon, steelhead, Atlantic salmon, carp, bass, bonefish, tarpon, trevally, pike, and the list goes on. In fact, just about every species in the world is sought after by fly fisherperson's. Fly anglers are even constructing flies that catch various species of fish that forage on vegetable matter and plankton, like the elusive milkfish and grass carp.

The options are endless and the amount of patterns in the world today is almost infinite. Technological advancements in the field have a lot to do with this phenomenon but we must also honor numerous icons for their creative spark
and motivation to better fly fishing and fly tying- Marbury, LaFontaine, Whitlock, Swisher, Richards, Marinaro, etc., etc.. If you're not familiar with these names you need to do a bit of research and reading; they come highly recommended. These great minds have paved the way for us to be able to do what we are doing today. They were well ahead of their time.

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