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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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 2015 you do not have to renew for this coming year,
but if you joined before May in 2015 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
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through a program that combines fly-fishing, counseling,
and medical information to build a focus on wellness instead
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Dominic Agostini asks....
like to ask you, the
BFFA, for suggestions.!"
View our list of 2016
Lufkin of Melbourne
Sean Bourke of Cocoa Beach
Paul & Jean Bruun of Jackson, WY and Ft Pierce
in the winter
John Church of Vero Beach
Terri Dainko of West Melbourne
Joe Hughes of Sebastian
T J Marshall of Indialantic
Roger and Logan Montz of Melbourne Beach
Matt Novak of Cocoa Beach
John Resh of Malabar
We have been operating as a club
for 27 years.
One of our founding fathers Ron, Winn wrote the history of
the club on our About Us
month - for past events .
the the Outings
page for details
Bill Grady at Harry Goodes reports good snook
catches on the beach south of the inlet, and trout in
Some catches of large shad have been reported,
as far south as SR520
From the Sebastian Inlet web site:
01-22-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!
have dark clouds over the inlet this morning.
Winds are blowing out of the South at 18 mph,
gusting to 23 and the water is rough. NOAA has
issued a small craft advisory through late Saturday
night. We have a cold front moving through which
will drop the temperature significantly; it will bring
high winds, some rain and rough water, keeping the
boats at the dock this weekend.
Yesterday the north jetty was wall to wall with
anglers trying their luck which created lots of tangled
lines. Novice anglers should take the time to
read the fishing etiquette, catch and release and
FWC regulations on the Inlet web site. The Redfish
bite dropped off yesterday but the Black Drum bite
continued. Quite a few good sized fish came over
the rails for anglers using clams, live and dead
shrimp or combos of both. The schools of bait
moved on and apparently the big Reds followed.
There were a few smaller Blues landed on plugs and
a few Sheepshead and Pompano in ones and twos.
Sherry Parker reports: Paul and I have tried for
shad a couple of times and only caught 1 or 2 each
time. Maybe the run will get strong now that we've
had some cold weather. We will probably try again
Wednesday, Jan. 27. We fished salt last Wed. In
Vero and caught a bunch of nice size trout, 1 snook,
some lady fish and some small snappers.
* See PHOTOS and reports on our Gallery
Jeff Ward will be tying a
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Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, February 4th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Martinez was born in Miami, Florida in 1978. Growing up in south
Florida, Jorge took a major interest in the ocean and its creatures.
Shortly after attending The International Fine Arts College,
Jorge began his career as a marine artist.
When Jorge is not painting he is out pursuing these great gamefish
in their natural environment. All his work is inspired by his
days on the water. Living in south Florida gives Jorge the ability
to study his subject and interact with them in their natural
Jorges artwork has been used as trophies in the Florida
Keys most prestigious inshore tournaments, such as the
Redbone Celebrity Series, The Don HawleyTarpon Tournament, and
The Bonefish All-Tackle. It is also in many private collections.
Jorge will be speaking to us on Biscyane Bay fishing for Bonefish,
Permit and Tarpon, and how to adjust for fishing pressure.
NEW ROD DESIGN
I recently encountered a description of a new rod design, the
Diamondback Clout. The unique feature is
the grip, which consists of a series of cork nodules spaced
apart, allegedly to provide the angler with a better feel for
the rods action.
My reaction is that it doesnt look like a fly rod should
look, but I can understand that it isnt stiffened as much
in the butt as a rod with a conventional continuous grip. Has
anyone had the opportunity to try one?
I recently learned that some fish, such as freshwater trout,
have built-in bifocals. The eyes are ovoid shaped so that objects
in front of the fish are in focus at short distances, while
objects to the side are in focus at longer distances. This would
allow close observation of potential food, and good distance
vision to warn of potential attacking predators.
I dont know if any of our local species have this adaptation
but we have all observed bream doing a close-up study of a suspicious
for an interesting program in January.
request from Bonefish and Tarpon Trust:
Calling All Juvenile Tarpon Anglers!
We need your help to identify juvenile tarpon habitats in your
area. BTT has begun mapping juvenile tarpon habitat to 1) determine
the habitat characteristics that are best for juvenile tarpon
and 2) protect healthy habitats and identify other areas for habitat
BTT has already been involved with three juvenile habitat restoration
projects and we will use this data to expand the restoration and
If you are aware of any locations that hold juvenile tarpon that
are 12 inches long or less, please contact JoEllen Wilson at:
email@example.com. You will be asked for an exact
location to better assess the habitat characteristics for that
spot. Don't worry, all information is strictly confidential and
WILL NOT be
disseminated to the public in any way.
Loss and degradation of juvenile habitat is the single biggest
threat to tarpon populations worldwide, and they have been classified
as "Vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation
of Nature, meaning there has been at least a 30 percent decrease
population in the recent past. Protecting and restoring critical
juvenile habitat is the best way to preserve tarpon populations
for the future.
We appreciate your assistance in protecting the future of the
tarpon fishery. If you would like to donate to this project or
any other BTT project, please contact us by phone at 321-674-7758
or by email
BTT is a nonprofit, science-based conservation organization
whose mission is to conserve and enhance global bonefish, tarpon
and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship,
research, education and advocacy.
Pettit correctly identified this early version
of the BackCast editor.
Continuing our series - Who can identify this club member?
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Hatfield sent the following:
Boater exchange is looking for someone to do fly
tying at their expo. Our club could all so set up a tent
at the event if we want to.
a previous issue of our Newsletter:
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