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

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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
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.
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Do your part to Take Marlin off the Menu!

Limit your kill, don’t kill your limit !
Please practice Catch and Release

Dominic Agostini
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View our list of 2016 new members

Member Information:
club history

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
next outing

We would like to make club outings a social and educational opportunity. Plan on attending the next outing with someone you don’t normally fish with, perhaps a new member. Also, share your boat with a non-boating member. Just inform any Board member
(see the list in BackCast) if you have a boat to share,
or if you are currently boatless, and any suggestions you have for a local destination.

Go the the Outings
page for details

Mike Horne reports:Tootsie and I fished Mound Lake on the Kempfer property on Friday. We caught about 40 panfish. Early morning weather was great and scenery beautiful.

Don Perchlski reported that before he left for the
Keys he had been seeing good numbers of Tarpon
off the beach near Patrick AFB.

The Sebastian Inlet web site

reported on Monday,July 25th: We have a very still morning at the inlet. A little puff of air will come out of the South-Southeast every now and then but it's a hot, steamy morning on the jetties. No wind = no see 'ums, be sure to take insect repellent with you if you head to the inlet today.

Tommy Turowski is back part time at the Sebastian
Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop and this morning he
reports a decent Mangrove Snapper bite. There is
still a lot of bait in the water. Over the weekend it
was mostly Mangroves and Spanish Mackerel with
an occasional Red or C/R Snook. Thanks Tommy,
good to have you back!

Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop reports juvenile Tarpon in Crane Creek and similar waters, and suggests going early to beat the heat.

Don Davis reports: Dominic and I had a good two
days fishing with Willy Le at an undisclosed
location for redfish. We caught several and Willy
caught a gator trout.

Billy Kempfer reports that it is a good time to take
advantage of his offer for members to fish on his
property. The lakes on his place are finally fishable
and he’s ready to have those who want to go out for
a morning of fishing, either weekdays or on the
weekend. He suggests those wanting to fish contact
him to make arrangements. Call him on his cell phone at 288-7468. To take advantage of this opportunity,a donation to BFFA of $100 is requested.
* view PHOTOS and reports on our Gallery page

fly tying

For Aug., Jeff Ward will be tying a Poppin'Shrimp
Click here for fly tying tips

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, August 4th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Our August Program, presented by our own Ron Winn, promises to be very interesting and informative.

Ron Winn moved to Indialantic in the late 50’s as a youngster going into second grade. Things were very different here then. A1A was a two lane road and even parts were unpaved south of Melbourne Beach. North of the Eau Gallie causeway there were very few houses. Almost all of the Island was woods. The ocean and Indian River were his playgrounds. In the early sixties he took up surfing and spent more time in the water and outdoors. He was a good observer and was even paid to be one as a weather man while in the Navy.

He took up fly fishing in the late seventies and after stopping in an old friend’s rod shop in Melbourne Beach, he renewed his friendship from high school with the proprietor, Frank Catino. Having been the waterman he was growing up, it was not long until he tried the new style of fishing in the surf. Thinking there was no reason why beach fish wouldn’t take a fly and on his very first cast in the surf had a small jack destroy his red and yellow Mickey Finn. He was definitely hooked!

He spends much of his fishing time plying the surf in our area from Cocoa Beach south to the inlet. His favorite spots are the area where there are rocks or deep troughs. He promises to share some of his experiences, techniques, rigging shooting heads and ammo with us as he talks and demonstrates his passion of fly fishing the surf.

Clouds by Frank Perkins

One of the nice features of this area is the fine collection of clouds. I have a greater appreciation for clouds after spending a year in Southern California many years ago. They had no clouds all summer and I missed them.

The best way to study our clouds this time of year is while floating on your back in a swimming pool. Our local clouds are mostly cumulus, the fluffy guys formed by heated bubbles of air rising from the sun-heated earth. As they gain altitude and cool the moisture in them condenses, forming the visible clouds. Sometimes the condensation line is sharp,resulting in a flat bottom on the clouds.

Often the Easterly wind carries the rising currents west, forming a visible line of clouds reflecting the cooler waters of the ocean and lagoon. At other times a line of clouds is visible far to the East, probably reflecting the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream.

Sometimes a cumulus cloud will grow to the point that the condensed water droplets grow heavy enough to fall as rain. This can result in a “one acre” shower, limited to a small area on the ground. Sometimes a cumulus cloud will grow into a thunderhead and a drenching rain over a wider area, accompanied by thunder and lightning–a good reason to keep an eye on the clouds in the afternoon.

I regularly go out to breakfast on Fridays, and the Easterly drive often presents a spectacular cloud show, backlit by the rising sun. It is striking how rapidly the scene changes in the few minutes of my morning drive.

Take advantage of our clouds–few areas can beat the show we have!

By member, Craig Smith

On June 17th , my daughter Dana and I went on a 4 day, three night paddling excursion down the Suwannee River. I would encourage anyone that likes this type of activity to do so. There is a website called the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail that has collectively put together a series of River Camps, Hubs and State Parks that allows inexperienced and experience paddlers alike to comfortably travel along the river while still enjoying a remote experience.

We launched from Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, which is just below White Springs. We ended up leaving one vehicle there, and the other vehicle we used was left at the Suwannee River State Park for the drive back. The cost to leave a vehicle parked in those areas was a reasonable $5.00 per night. We ended up staying at the Woods Ferry River Camp the first night and the Holton Creek River Camp the second night. At these camps there were 5 platforms, which were 16’ by 16’ shelters that were screened in and had small corner tables, hammock hooks and a ceiling fan with a light. There were even electrical outlets, which were convenient for recharging phones or GPS units. Each platform had a water spigot outside as well as campfire rings and grills nearby. A real bonus, after a long day of paddling were the shower facilities and flush toilets. Both nights we stayed at the River Camps there were never any other campers even though the weather was exceptional and the evenings were comfortable. The River Camps are free of charge, but need to be reserved by calling 800-868-9914. The last night we stayed at one of the fee-based cabins at the Suwannee River State Park. We actually were missing our riverside digs and hammocks! The next day we went to grab our other vehicle, and our journey came to an end.

So, about the paddle itself, let me start off by saying that the first thing to do is keep tabs on the water levels at the White Springs Station at as they recommend the 51-59’ above sea level designation as the best paddling conditions. Our level of water was at 50’7” on the day we took off and even though we found some very shallow spots and had to keep an eye out to avoid them, it did not pose an overall problem for us. The benefit that we found from running the river at this low level was the amount of Springs we could actually see seeping in from the river banks that would normally have passed by unnoticed as just another small boil in the river. The landscape of the river at this low level was impressive as well with wide swaths of white sandy beaches periodically showing up as well as high walls of limestone carved out cliffs some seeming to reach up over 40’ high. Most of the areas we paddled were absent of houses, especially for the first two days. We probably did not see over a dozen other paddlers or boats for the entire trip. From what I have read, going further south the boat traffic does increase and it is best to avoid the weekend in certain areas if you are in a canoe/kayak. I did a very minimal amount of fishing as most of the days were spent paddling but there were brim to be had on small popping bugs.

This trip was the most relaxing trip (if you can call paddling relaxing but hey I just did!) I have had in Florida as far back as I can remember. The overall paddle was not long at all for that many days, just a bit over 40 miles and we both shared the fact that at least another day or two of water travel would have been welcome, so we are planning a return trip next Spring!!!! (no pun intended)

This man was moving logs down the river to his saw mill.




Have you seen the new painting on the wall of the
Outdoor Shop

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We encourage any member to attend a board meeting. They are informal and more social than business. Come and enjoy the latest news and jokes, and contribute your ideas for improving the club. During tax season, the Board of Directors meets at Squid Lips on Pineapple Ave on the river in Eau Gallie. The meeting is on the normal day are at 6:30 PM. Some members arrive earlier for dinner, at 5:00 PM.

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