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

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
on August 3 and close on September 27.
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....
Yes,yes, I may have a few vices

Welcome to our new members,
A mother/son team from Melbourne
Diane and Asher Wieder

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 July
Go the the Outings page for details on past events.

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

Frank Catino reports good fishing in the Keys during his annual trip there, except for lots of windy days in May. Locally he reports some tarpon and snook. in the IRL. Lots of activity reported along the beaches

Sebastian Inlet report:
Fishing this week has been hit or miss, most of the action has been taking place in the evening hours and low light periods. We're seeing a lot of Snook suspended in the water, they're not very active during the day. Nights have been more productive for C/R Snook and oversized Reds. Tarpon and Permit have been hitting in the evening hours as well. Daytime fishing has been on the slow side but Mangrove Snapper have been keeping anglers coming back. A few Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Lookdowns have come over the rails and a few Flounder have been landed on the south side.

From Paul Parker

Caught a few trout and snook just north of the inlet Wednesday. Hooked a nice red but came unbuttoned at the boat. Water is at 90 degrees by early afternoon. Fish shut down by then. Seems like the best fishing is really early. Tight lines!

Florida Today reports
the catch of a 34.25 inch sea trout from the Indian River between Melbourne Beach and Fort Pierce, on a live mullet.

fly tying


In July
Jeff Ward will be tying a Bunny Crazy Charlie

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, July 2nd 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Summer Film Fest
This month we will have a special program
of video clips on tarpon, snook and other familiar
species, selected by Dominic Agostini.


To aid in our understanding of the various Indain River Lagoon restoration projects, I have studied one, the Eau Gallie River muck dredging project. This is nearing the end of the permitting phase. The dredging permit will cover muck removal down to hard sand for the area of the Eau Gallie River from its mouth west to the Control dam, and Elbow Creek to the Laurie Street bridge, to within 15 feet of natural shorelines and 35 feet to bridge abutments. [This is the outer boundary of work and may be limited by access and other considerations.]

The slurry resulting from dredging will be pumped by pipeline to a “DMMA” area for dewatering, with water content later pumped back to the Eau Gallie River. Dried sediment will be trucked to to the Sarno Road Landfill for final disposal. Gravity settling is the primary dewatering technique, but various chemical and mechanical techniques are available if necessary. It is anticipated that the project will generate 567,000 cubic yards of sediment.

Permits are required from the US Core of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Melbourne. Permits for the DMMA construction are expected in September, 2015, and for the dredging by early 2016. Plans are to begin DMMA construction in the fall of 2015, with dredging
beginning in winter-spring 2016, with project completion in December 2018.

Ron Winn is great at forwarding profound emails. Some recent examples:

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.-- John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -- Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. --James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.-- Douglas Case, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Frederic Bastiat, French economist (1801-1850)

By Frank Perkins

A month ago I received a phone call out of the blue from Tim Borski (who has supplied the club with beautiful artwork) to comment on my book Rainbows, Cuthroats and the Prince of Bhutan, Fly Fishing Adventures Around the World, which he enjoyed.

This call eventually led to an invitation to speak at the Florida Outdoor Writers Association Conference in Lake City in August, which I was happy and flattered to accept.

Perhaps there are members of FOWA who would make good speakers at a club meeting. Any suggestions for people to approach about this while I am at the conference?

One of the topics of my conversation with Tim was a book on which he is working. I explained the huge advance that Print On Demand (POD) publishing has made in personal books like remembrances or autobiographies. Until recently, the cost of printing a book was very sensitive to the quantity being printed, so a book intended for a few close friends and family would be very expensive. Now, POD technology allows small quantities (down to one) of a book to be printed and bound from a computer file. An organization called Create Space, a division of Amazon offers
the publishing service free from easy to produce PDF files (or you can pay for particular services). I recently published a book on the history of Radiation, Inc. through Create Space. It turned out well and has generated favorable comments from old Radiation associates. I have donated copies to local libraries, so it is a
reasonably permanent remembrance. You can look at a copy at various Brevard County libraries, or on (just search in books for me as author).

I urge everyone to consider a book on family history or memorable experiences. I wish my parents had been able to leave behind such a book. Create Space has a well-organized web site explaining the process, and prices of resulting books, at


A Request from Frank

Many of you are aware that I worked for Radiation and Harris for some 30 years. Recently the Florida Tech Dean of Libraries announced the establishment of a Radiation Inc. archive. This will include material
relating to the history of the corporation and the community for the period from 1950, when the company was established, to 1973, when use of the name was discontinued (after the merger of Radiation and Harris Corporation). If you have any documents or other material relating to this period, please contact me so that it might be preserved for posterity.
Frank Perkins

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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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