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 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.
Click here:
Do your part to Take Marlin off the Menu!

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

Dominic Agostini asks....
"I would like to ask you, the
BFFA, for suggestions.!"


View our list of 2016 new members
Carl 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
Jim Potamos
John Resh of Malabar

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
None this month - for past events .
Go the the Outings
page for details

Bill Grady at Harry Goode’s reports good snook
catches on the beach south of the inlet, and trout in
the river.
Some catches of large shad have been reported,
as far south as SR520

From the Sebastian Inlet web site:
01-22-16 FRIDAY: TGIF!

We 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 page

fly tying
For February, Jeff Ward will be tying a
Synthetic Clouser.

Click here for fly tying tips


Monthly Dinner Meeting:

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

Jorge 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 habitat.

Jorge’s 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.

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 rod’s action.

My reaction is that it doesn’t look like a fly rod should look, but I can understand that it isn’t 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 don’t know if any of our local species have this adaptation but we have all observed bream doing a close-up study of a suspicious fly.

Frank Perkins.

Thanks to Chico
for an interesting program in January.

A 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 restoration.
BTT has already been involved with three juvenile habitat restoration projects and we will use this data to expand the restoration and protection effort.

If you are aware of any locations that hold juvenile tarpon that are 12 inches long or less, please contact JoEllen Wilson at: 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 in the
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.


Dick Pettit correctly identified this early version
of the BackCast editor.
Continuing our series - Who can identify this club member?
Send your opinions to the BackCast Editor.
Also, please send any other historic pictures from
your collections for future issues.
Note***Members are invited to contribute pictures, stories, fishing or conservation news or other items for BackCast. Just email them to Frank Perkins. Ideas for future coverage are also welcome

Brian 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.


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