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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IFFF Florida Council Expo - Will be at the International
Game Fish Association (IGFA) museum in Dania Beach (Fort Lauderdale),
Florida October 23-24, 2015.
Tom Logan and David Olson are putting together a great program
and already have commitments from Chico Fernandez, Flip Pallot,
Jon Cave, Pat Ford, David Lambroughton and Sam Root.
Online registration will
August 25 to October 18.
To attend the banquet you must register online.
A block of rooms at the Courtyard (next to the Museum) are reserved
under Fly Fishers Room Block @ $179/night.
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
400 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Phone number 954-342-8333
More later and check our web site
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 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
Tails and Cocktails benefiting Casting for
Recovery, the Breast Cancer recovery organization will be
held in Jacksonville on Friday, October 3.,sponsored by
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
Please help support this program.
(*mark your check for Florida Chapter)
President Brian Hatfield says....
Come to IFFF-
Florida Council's EXPO 2015
Welcome Norman LeMoine of Melbourne
View our list of 2015
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 in September
the the Outings page for details on past events.
Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
| * See PHOTOS and reports on our
We have some welcomed cloud cover at the inlet this morning
but it's still very hot! Winds are moving out of the West
at 2 mph with gusts to 5 and there is a light chop on the
water. NOAA is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms
Over the weekend the bite remained slow according to Tommy
Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. The
best bet is still Mangrove Snapper on light tackle. A smattering
of Blue Runners and Jacks have been in play. Fishing early
morning and late in the day has been more productive, the
mid day bite is pretty much non-existent which is common for
this time of year.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
Jeff Ward will be tying the Schminnow Fly
Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, September 3rd 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
You Wanted to
Know About Sebastian Inlet
But Were Afraid To Ask
presented by Marty Smithson
Following graduate studies at East Tennessee State University,
Martys technical career began with Olin Chemicals Corp.
where he worked on projects around the country for 6 years as
an Environmental Scientist before moving to Florida in 1986.
In Florida, his past 29 years have been focused on the Indian
River Lagoon in several capacities: Water Resources Director
in private consulting, Director of Brevard Countys first
stormwater utility, Director of the IRL National Estuary Program,
and Director of the Sebastian Inlet District for the past 11
In 1994 Marty published a collection of aerial photos and fishing
information called the Indian River Flats Fishing Guide.
This was 11 years prior to Google Earth being available to private
computers. Over 20,000 copies were sold with at least one copy
in every state. In 1997 he published a color version of Fishing
Guide to the Upper Keys and Florida Bay. After exhausting
all profits by sending three children through college, this
book has not been reprinted. Adding to Martys Indian River
Lagoon resume, he conceived the idea of an IRL License Plate
which has raised over $4million to date for Lagoon restoration.
Marty will speak on some of the unique features and distinctions
of the Sebastian Inlet. Its history and current day management
will contrast a simpler time with new technology.
Marty lives in Melbourne with his wife LeAnn where they have
raised three children and he pursues his passions in home maintenance,fishing,
boating and golf. But, not in that order.
the BBT August newsletter:
Last year BTT, in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC), initiated a three year genetics
study looking at the connectivity of bonefish populations in the
Caribbean and Western Atlantic. Determining the connectivity of
bonefish populations is vital to improve conservationand fisheries
management efforts for the species.
Earlier this summer Justin Lewis, BTT's Bahamas Initiative Coordinator,
lead a team consisting of Robbie Roemer, James Boyce, and Chris
Bancroft to Abaco in hopes of collecting a lot of fin clip samples
for the study. Our friends at Abaco Lodge hosted the team, and
they would base their efforts from the lodge for duration of the
With four days to collect samples the team thought it be best
to cover as much ground as possible. Two days were spent in the
Marls, another on the east side, and one day on the flats in northern
Abaco. Over the course of the trip it was tough finding fish in
the mornings due to high tides and low light. Afternoons
brought better fortune for the team with a falling tide and higher
sun. Over the four day sampling period the team was able to fin
clip 702 bonefish, and tagged 373 of those via seine netting.
The guides Travis Sands, Marty Sawyer, Thom Albury, and Trevor
Miller were all key to the teams success as they were constantly
able to find fish even with the less than optimal conditions the
More work is still to be done in Abaco, as well as many other
islands around the Bahamas and the Caribbean. BTT cannot do this
alone and angler participation in studies such as our genetics
programs is key to their success. If you or others are interested
in participating in our genetics study please contact us at
to to request a fin clip kit.
One of my
regular excursions is Friday morning breakfast with several
club members. This involves an early morning drive almost due
East. Every week is a new and different sky show. Some mornings
are clear and the sun is a bright ball clearing the horizon.
Most mornings have some type of cloud display. The most spectacular
are thunderheads (cumulo-nimbus) often in a line offshore, presumably
marking the warmer water of the Gulf Stream. Sometimes the flat
cloud base is above the horizon and the rising sun is briefly
visible before disappearing behind the cloud.
Other times a flat layer of stratus clouds, back-lit by the
sun, will offer a spectrum of colors.
The most delicate clouds are wisps of cirrus of rapidly changing
shapes and colors. Sometimes they are augmented by the straight
line of a condensation trail from a high-flying jet plane.
Observations of the morning show are enhanced by the usual presence
of a retired meteorologist at breakfast, who can explain the
physics behind the shapes and colors....FAP
FLIP PALLOT PROGRAM
Orlando BFFA has organized a program by Flip Pallot. Their
announcement reads: Members and Friends of BFA Orlando,
We have an exciting event for the fly fishing
community coming up and there are only two weeks left for
you to get a ticket. The event is the first in our Legend's
Series of Lectures and will be co-sponsored by Backcountry
Fly Fishing Association and Hell's Bay Boats. It will feature
fishing giant Flip Pallot and is scheduled for September 10th.
The meeting will be at Dubsdread Country Club.
We have a very nice dinner planned with a cash bar. Flip Pallot
will be talking about his life filled with fishing adventures.
The stories may include those from his early years growing
up in South Florida and getting to know the great outdoors,
tales from his years as a fishing and hunting guide in South
Florida, or, more recently, accounts of his times as TV host
and producer for shows like Walkers Cay Chronicles.
If that is not enough for one evening, there's more. We will
have an auction for fishing trips with local fishing guides;
a two day stay at the Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp; two beautiful
water colors, each with a fishing theme; and a collection
of saltwater flies tied by Chris Kincaid.
If you haven't signed up yet, you'd better hurry. You can
purchase a ticket for $50 at the website or in person at Orlando
Outfitters. It is going to be an evening that you should not
miss. For info, call Cas Summers at Charles Rutenberg Realty
a complex sequence of events involving Tim and Jill Borski,
I was invited to speak at the 2015 conference of the Florida
Outdoor Writer's Association (FOWA), held in Lake City,
FL. Quoting from their program: Featured Speaker:
Frank Perkins, Fly
Fishing Around the World. The talk was well received
and I sold all the copies of my book Rainbows,Cutthroats
and the Prince of Bhutan which I carried with me.
FOWA is one of the nations oldest and largest outdoor
communicators organization, chartered in 1946. They
currently have about 175 members, including our own Bill
Sargent. You can learn more at www.fowa.org
This years conference was sponsored by the Suwannee
River Valley Marketing Group, covering an area of Florida
most of us know only as a region on the way to Georgia
(and points north). There are actually a large number
of natural attractions in the area, warranting a stopover.
My talk was given at the Suwannee Music Park, a campground
complex which conducts several music festivals throughout
Other activities available in the area include canoeing
the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers, cycling at White Springs,
fishing and hunting at Bienville Plantation, and visits
to several local springs, and state parks.
After nearly thirty years of research and four years of writing,
The Road to Matapalo has finally come to fruition. In his first
fiction novel, author, photojournalist and outdoorsman Rodney Smith
shares his love for surfing and fishing, and the land, water and
people of Costa Rica and Florida. Part guidebook and part adventure
romance, incorporating murder and intrigue, love and companionship,
and a never-ending affair with the people and places of Costa Rica,
this book will enlighten you on Costa Ricas travel, surfing,
wildlife, fishing, camping, and its colorful culture.
My first fiction novel, The Road to Matapalo, is part guidebook
and part adventure romance. I share my love for surfing and fishing,
and the land, water and people of Costa Rica and Florida.
The habitats of Florida and Costa Rica are special places in my
life and in the lives of many veteran travelers. This tangled story
involves an anti-hero figure of an old man seeking the truth after
years of indolence, his bold young granddaughter Cheyenne and a
mysterious dog they meet along the way.
The Road To Matapalo
$ 12.99$ 19.99
Paperback, 256 Pages
Downloadable Kindle & iTunes
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