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

"Spring - Start of the Fishing Season"

President Brian Hatfield
March 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 March
but last month - a great time was had by all!

Go the the Outings page for details.

Before the recent cold snap, the Sebastian Inlet web site reported: Fishing remains hit or miss. We have had a few nice fish but they have been landed by the more patient angler. The new moon is bringing us extreme tides and according to the "Farmer's Almanac" February 18 - March 5th are going to be good fishing days and it goes on to say that fish tend to feed more during high tide periods. Even though the winds are frustrating anglers with tangled lines, use a little heavier tackle and get out there and wet a line!

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 March, Jeff will tie a Redfish Slider.

Click here for details

Mike Badarack in Iraq with gun and dog.

The Outdoors page of Florida Today on February 22 carried the above map of the proposed routing along with an article on the proposed rail link from Port Canaveral across the Indian River Lagoon no motor zone.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, March 5th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

The Fun Fund-Raiser of the Year

This month is our annual auction. Chip Turknett will be our auctioneer again. We owe him many thanks for his great jobs in the past and look forward to another great auction. There will be lots of custom flies, rods, reels, and assorted other items. Please help by not only donating an item but buying some as well.

The auction is the major fund-raiser for the club and allows us to keep the dues low, while offering interesting programs from the cream of the fly fishing world.

Members and guests may participate in the auction by donating an item (from $5 to $500) for sale. Search your boat, garage and storage cabinets for under-used or duplicate fishing or outdoor equipment and bring it in to the auction.

Then come and bid aggressively so your club can have another great year. Checks and cash are accepted at the auction.

This year we plan to put some items in a silent auction to speed up the evening’s activities.

I recently received the 2015 edition of Bonefish & Tarpon Journal and it is a very interesting publication. It included nine articles on topics such as Bonefish spawning, Permit in Belize, Sunscreen, and Tippets. The current issue has not yet been published on the
web, but there is a lot of other interesting information
there (

BTT is a worthy non-profit that is accomplishing lots of valuable research supporting conservation. and deserves our generous financial and other support.

One way of supporting them is to participate in one
of their Traveling Angler trips:
Belize River Lodge BTT Bonefish & Permit Challenge March 25 - April 1, 2015
The Palometa Club - May 1 - 8, 2015
Belcampo Belize - Dates TBD

These involve angling to collect research material for BTT..

Based on similar “citizen scientist” research trips I have taken for other organizations, I would highly recommend these trips. Details can be found on the web site mentioned above

By Frank Perkins

I recently re-discovered a book from my childhood on my bookshelf. It was purchased by Mama for me to give to Papa on his birthday. The title page is shown here.. The book was published in 1942. Ray Bergman was a well-known trout expert. Fred Hermann Hildebrandt (August 2, 1874 – January 26,1956) was a talented artist, a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota,and head of the South Dakota Game and Fish Commission.

The book contains a surprising amount on flyfishing for bass. One of the color plates of flies is shown. Most would not be amiss in current fly boxes – the exceptions being the salmon style flies, such as the second and third rows.


The casting lures and plugs are also familiar, except there is no mention of plastic worms. The book also predates spinning tackle in the US.

Tucked away in the Bergman book from the 1940’s was this brochure on the Taylor Fisherman’s barometer. It must have been popular, thee are several listed on E bay.

By Frank Perkins

I was familiar with the term Adirondack Guide Boat, but did not know any details until an article appeared in a recent fishing magazine. A little research turned up some interesting information.

The Adirondack region of New York state is anarea of forest and lakes and was a major barrier to transportation in the early colonial days. Boats were useful but needed to be portable to be carried among the waterways, while providing good cargo capacity.

What evolved is an amazingly efficient design, able to carry a load more that ten times its weight in an attractive, easy to row design made largely of local resources. There is a cursory resemblance to a canoe, but the construction details are different and it is propelled by oars, not paddles.

Its shape owes more to fishing dories than canoes.One key local material is the Red Spruce whose roots are shaped like boat ribs. This is important because wood is much stronger in the direction of the grain, so ribs sawed from the natural shape were very strong for their weight. Another key local wood is that of the White Pine, which is easily shaped and grows straight with no knots–ideal characteristics for boat planking.

An Adirondack Guide Boat has no frame. The only longitudinal members are the planks, attached directly to the ribs. The planking is lap strake style, except the joints are beveled, leading to smooth surface inside and out. The planks are thin for lightness which
makes fastening the plank joints difficult with nails or screws. The solution is to rivet the joints by bending the projecting points of the fastening tacks by driving them into a metal backing bar. This is repeated from inside and out.

Oars are more efficient than paddles because one person handles a pair, and the leverage offered by the row locks is advantageous. The pinned oars of a guide boat cannot be feathered, but can be released without danger of losing them overboard.

From Its beginning as the pickup truck of the north woods, the guide boat gained its modern name when region attracted fishers and hunters who needed guides and transportation and the commercial cargo carrier found a new application as a guide’s boat.


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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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