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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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 open
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


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 says....
Come to IFFF- Florida Council's EXPO 2015

Welcome Norman LeMoine of Melbourne

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 September
Go 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 Gallery page.

Sebastian Inlet report:
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 this afternoon.

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.

fly tying


In September
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

Everything You Wanted to
Know About Sebastian Inlet
But Were Afraid To Ask

presented by Marty Smithson

Following graduate studies at East Tennessee State University, Marty’s 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 County’s first stormwater utility, Director of the IRL National Estuary Program, and Director of the Sebastian Inlet District for the past 11 years.

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 Marty’s 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.

From 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 trip.

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 morning’s due to high tides and low light. Afternoon’s 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 team’s success as they were constantly able to find fish even with the less than optimal conditions the team faced.

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

The 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 Cell: 386-795-2334

Through 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 nation’s 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

This year’s 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 the year.

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.

Rodney writes:

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 Rica’s 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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