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

President Brian Hatfield is fishing in the Bahamas

Welcome to our new member,
Will Benny
Edgewater, FL
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 May
Go the the Outings page for details on past events.

Mike Horne reports:
“My wife and I took advantage of Billy's offer to
fish Kempfer Ranch waters. We caught more than 150 bluegill, warmouth perch, speckled perch, stumpknockers, gar, bass, and a catfish! (all on flies)......It was well worth a donation to the club for a fantastic fishing AND catching experience! Thanks Billy!”

Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
* Photos can be seen on our Gallery page.

fly tying


For May, Jeff Ward will be tying
the Backcountry Wiggler

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, May 7th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Our program for May is “The Fishy
Side of Sea Turtle Conservation”
, presented
by Nikia Rice

Nikia is is a sea turtle biologist currently serving on The Sea Turtle Preservation Society's board of directors as their education director. She is also graduate student and research assistant at Florida Tech focusing on sea turtle vision, sea turtle diet, and plastics pollution. She founded a non-profit in 2012, Mission: Clean Beaches to bring awareness to the issues of marine debris.

See the web site at
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society was founded in 1986 and in located in Indialantic. Their web site is at

Your Signature Is Needed!

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Calls For Petition Signatures in Support of Two Proposed Bahamian National Parks:

The Bahamas is world-renown as an excellent bonefish fishery. In fact, the fishery is so popular for traveling anglers that the annual economic impact of the fishery exceeds $141 million. Yet the fishery will remain healthy only if the habitats remain healthy. As part of the Bahamas Initiative, BTT has been working with the Fisheries Conservation Foundation and Cape Eleuthera Institute to provide data to support the efforts of the Bahamas National Trust to create National Parks to protect habitats that bonefish use for feeding and spawning.

Proposals to create National Parks for habitat protection for Grand Bahama Island and Abaco are now on the desk of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. We are asking you to support the efforts of our Bahamas collaborators - Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment, Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association, and the lodges and fishing guides on these islands - by making your voice heard.

If you fish for bonefish in the Bahamas, then you know how important this is. If you haven't yet fished in the Bahamas, it is surely on your bucket list, so make sure the opportunity is there for the future.

Below are links to 2 petitions: one to support the Grand Bahama parks, one to support the Abaco parks. Please sign them both, and tell your friends about it so they can sign too.
Grand Bahama -
Abaco -

Frank Perkins

Our President has been fishing in the Bahamas. In place of his column I have an interesting report from an old fishing friend. Many years ago, I twice (once with Bill Potter) fished with a real gentleman in Chile, Adrian Dufflocq. We occasionally exchanged email over the years, and I asked him about any effects of the recent volcanic eruption there. I found his reply very interesting:

Many thanks for your mail and concern. Yes;believe it or not, the volcano is way south of here, I would say, 150 miles as the crow flies, and we got about 2 pounds of ash per square meter. I had to wipe it from a roof-window I have, so I could get a good idea of the amount of stuff. In 2011 we had a closer volcano erupt too, (The "Caulle") and it kept smoking for almost a full year. However, and hard to believe: the material (ash) from the "Caulle" was lighter in weight; the color was also different: it was light gray. This one is a light tan color; as you would get in a tea and milk cup more or less. Since I saved about two pounds of ask from the first volcano
(Caulle), and I plan to save about the same amount of this one, it will be interesting to compare. I still have to get the sample from this volcano (The "Calbuco"). The Caulle seemed to throw tons of pumice rocks of all sizes; this one, apparently not. From what I have seen, this stuff (The Calbuco material) sinks right down to the bottom of the lakes, rivers, etc. and is composed of more solid, heavy rock-like material;while the stuff from the "Caulle” had fantastic amounts of pumice which floated on the lakes, and formed acres of floating pumice and later drifted with the winds and into the rivers which in turn took it from one lake to another. After a while, the pumice gets saturated with water and also sinks, but it takes a long time. Finally, the material (ash, pumice and whatever from the "Caulle") did not seem to have any effect whatsoever on the fisheries. I don't know about this one though. It remains to be seen.

Let me find out more, get some samples and I will share this with you. I think it is very interesting to say the least.

It has been pleasant to write these few lines to you;it is almost like talking.....Adrian

Jeff Ward
has created an artistic fly display he dubs
the “Fly Snag.” It displays the flies tied in the past
year at the club’s monthly tying session. The base is
wood scar material called burl, probably from Wisconsin
native spruce. It was picked up fifty years ago
as drift wood on the shore of Lake Superior. The fly
holders are electrical test pbobes.

In April 2015, the Indian River 2011 Consortium released a report entitled “2011 Superbloom Report: Evaluating Effects and Possible Causes with Available Data” The first paragraph of the Executive Summary reads as follows:

“A major phytoplankton bloom in 2011 prompted the formation of the Indian River Lagoon 2011 Consortium, which comprised at least 26 scientists from 10 organizations. These scientists evaluated available data and observations, with the goal of elucidating the scope of the unprecedented event that was named the ‘superbloom,’ impacts from the bloom, possible causes or controls of the bloom, and important gaps in available data. This report and its appendices document the analyses, results and interpretations generated by the consortium".

The entire document is 58 pages long; the Executive Summary itself is 5 pages. The document can be read at:

The report is useful in providing a detailed chronology of the bloom, but includes only general comments on possible
causes and relationships. It includes the following paragraph:

“The process of assembling, analyzing and interpreting the information in this report and its appendices provided the
scientific foundation for a more intensive investigation of the “superbloom” and its potential causes that was launched by the St. Johns River Water Management District in 2012. The Indian River Lagoon Algal Blooms Investigation is a component of the District’s Indian River Lagoon Protection Initiative . The investigation builds on the information in this report, and it will advance the existing scientific understanding of the lagoon system through monitoring, data collection, field and lab analyses, and model development with the aim of providing knowledge to guide management actions designed to restore and sustain the health of the lagoon.”

I could find no schedule for a report on this more intensive investigation.

It is disappointing that four years of effort has produced so little hard data on the detailed causes of the superbloom and
plans for reducing the probability of similar events in the future .

Frank Perkins

Recently, the Wall Street Journal published a review of the book
“The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies”

Many if the pattern histories are interesting:

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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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