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
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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
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
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
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)
Don "Shogun" Davis
Welcome to our
of Melbourne Beach
Bob Moriarty of Sebastian, a 50 year fly fisherman.
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
None this month
Go the the Outings page for details.
Parker reported she and Paul had a good outing
in the south IRL catching snook, jacks, mangrove snappers
and a blue.
A week ago they fished Blue Cypress and reported the fishing
was slow so they moved to the Sebastian River and jumped several
Billy Kempfer said he had a good fishing outing to
Crystal River catching a bunch of trout (several 20+)
Billy stated the 4-H youth fly fishing group had an exceptional
outing at the Kempfer Ranch with each of the 5 youth catching
around 20 bream. Special thanks goes to our club members who
mentored the youth, they are Frank Catino, Jay McGowen,
Don Perchalski, Craig Smith, Jeff Ward and Billy Kempfer.
Send us your reports and
Don't forget to send us your photos!
Photos can be seen on our Gallery page.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
This months fly will be Jeff's Black Vulture Fly,
tied by Jeff Ward himself. Good for bass, tarpon or any
note* There was an article in the
recent local paper about the benefits of fly tying to
relieve the stress of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A fly fishing club in Pensacola conducts sessions at a
local veterans facility.
Come to our sessions and se what a well-adjusted bunch
of guys and girls we have. Good work, Jeff.!
March auction was a popular success. Thanks to everyone
who donated items, as well as to the many bidders. The
Club is on a sound financial footing and can continue
to offer our interesting programs.
The Borski Painting raffle was won by Skip Painton.
This was a just reward for his generous donation of auction
items over the years.
Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, April 3rd
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
program for April will be
presented by Dr. Aaron Adams.
Aaron is the Director of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
and a Research Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology.
He received a bachelors degree from St. Marys College
in Maryland, a Masters from the College of William and
Mary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston,
and also holds a Coast Guard Captains License. He has
lived, worked, and fished on both coasts of the US, as well
as throughout the Caribbean, where he has been conducting fish
research for more than 25 years. His pursuit of effective fisheries
and habitat conservation are rooted in his years growing up
near Chesapeake Bay, where he witnessed the decline of the Bays
habitats and fisheries. His scientific focus has been on conducting
applied research with conservation implications (from coral
reef to recreational species), with particular interest in fish
habitat ecology. As Director of Operations for Bonefish &
Tarpon Trust, he creates the strategy for, oversees, and executes
BTTs collaborative efforts as a science-based conservation
organization to apply research findings to conservation needs
for coastal fisheries. In addition to more than thirty research
publications, he spends considerable effort translating science
into fishermens terms: and has authored three books, co-authored
one book (and is working on a second co-authored book), written
many magazine articles, and has been part of TV shows applying
fish science to recreational fishing and fish conservation.
by Skip Mackey's final request, the Florida Council of International
Federation of Fly Fishers has approved funding for up to $1000
for transportation expenses for a Florida youth who is accepted
into the Bighorn Youth Adventure Program. The award is officially
The Florida Council IFFF "Skip" Mackey Youth Award.
The Bighorn Youth Adventure is a five day program in Fort Smith,
MT of fly fishing and fly tying for kids 14 to 18. Lodging,
food and guide service will be provided at no cost by the Bighorn
With the Florida Council transportation allowance, this is an
annual opportunity for an outstanding (and completely free)
fishing adventure for some local youth.
Help identify a deserving local candidate for 2015..
Learn more about the Bighorn
Youth Adventure Program
President and Chairman of the Board Mike Badarack decided
to apply his skill and experience in dog handling in a far-away
spot, Baghdad, Iraq.
We have 110 K9 teams over here in the Baghdad Iraq area.
We search for 39 different components associated with explosive
devices to include IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices), usually
attached to cell phones, vehicles, motorcycles, and even bicycles.
We even have them using children and women as bombs, telling
them if they blow themselves up their family won't be killed.
VBID's [Vehicle Borne Improvised explosive Device] are larger
explosives usually attached to buses, dump trucks, etc. There
have been a lot of vests worn by people that are wired with
explosives lately, thats kinda the new thing.
I just work in the Baghdad area. Its pretty common
everyday to hear explosions going off around the area and
gunfire is pretty normal as well; can't really think of a
day that I haven't seen or heard it. A typical day is spent
searching vehicles, trucks, and baggage. along the highway
called Route Irish, between the Baghdad Airport and the Green
Zone in downtown Baghdad. It is reputed to be the worlds
most dangerous highway due to bombs. Each dog team searches
hundreds of vehicles a day trying to limit the number of explosives
that make it into the Green Zone
.so far we have been
very successfulnot one explosive device has made it
by, the K9's have found them all. We mainly use German Shepherds
and Belgian Malanois. We work multiple places along the Red
Zone, Green Zone, and US Embassy.
Please tell everyone I said hello.
The hazards from errant casts on a poling platform will seem
pretty tame to Mike when he returns.
Sarkady, age 75, of Melbourne Beach, Florida, passed
away March 1, 2014, at his home. He was born December 17,
1938, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Kent State University
and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Florida for
30 years. Sigmund was passionate about fly fishing, and he
enjoyed fishing in Florida, Canada, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
He was buried in Hendrysburg, Ohio.
He was active in the club and will be greatly missed.
Carl Swisher was a passionate local fisherman known
to many of us. (His email address was bigsnook.)
He passed away on March 3, 2014, in Kansas. He was born on
July2, 1931 and graduated from Kansas State University in
1958. He served in the Marine Corp from 1949 to 1952. He lived
in Florida for over 40 years, working for Lockheed and Radiation/Harris.
He operated a retail and wholesale seafood business, Lighthouse
Cove, on the EauGallie causeway for several years.
we award $100 to a deserving student for their science project
concerning our aquatic environs.Below is the award certificate
to this years winner Emma Zoiss along with her response.