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
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
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
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 answers the question
is it that you often catch the biggest fish when you're
all by yourself?"
to our new members,
Taciana Jota of
Paul Lorenzen of
Will Benny of Edgewater, FL
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 June
the the Outings page for details on past events.
Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
can be seen on our Gallery page.
Vaughn reports a 19 trout from Pineda area.
He also sighted large Jacks, which ignored him. Some snook
activity has been reported from the beaches.
Bill Potter sampled the fishing on the Kempfer Ranch,
with good success.
Mike Reynolds is doing well with his pet fish in his back
Ron Winn guided his grandson to his first fish on a fly.
Sebastian Inlet report: Fishing remains hit or miss
during the daylight hours; evenings and low light periods
seem to be more productive for our inlet anglers. This week
we've seen mostly large Jacks, oversized Snook and Reds, a
small number of Mangrove and Mutton Snapper, Tarpon in the
evenings, stragglers of Trout on the flats, Lookdowns and
Margate. Anglers have been using live shrimp, mojarra,mullet,
spoons and topwater plugs.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
June, Jeff Ward will be tying
the McFly Foam Crab
Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, June 4th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Our program for June is:
The Return of the Turtle Lady!
Due to a schedule conflict, the program
The Fishy Side of Sea Turtle Conservation,
by Nikia Rice was delayed until June.
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. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society
was founded in 1986 and in located in Indialantic. Their web
site is at http://www.seaturtlespacecoast.org/
founded a non-profit in 2012, Mission: Clean Beaches to bring
awareness to the issues of marine debris.See the web site at
courtesy The Sun Newsletter, City of West Melbourne
the first bridge across the St Johns River in South Brevard,
there was a ferry near the present bridge site. The ferry was
simply a barge just large enough to accommodate a wagon or a
Model T. It was operated on a cable strung across the river
and over rollers on the ferry. The ferry was manually pulled
along the cable to make the crossing. During highwater, the
West Melbourne ferry was not operational and a detour had to
be made to the Lake Winder Ferry near Cocoa.
A railroad trestle was built across the river in the area in
about 1912, but the first highway bridge was not completed until
1897, the US Department of Fish and Fisheries listed 106 species
occcuring in the Indian River, 26 deemed commercial. The most
valuable, in order, were mullet, pompano, sheepshead, sea
trout, redfish, mangrove snapper, bluefish, whiting, sailors
choice, southern flounder and silver mullet.
bonelike structure made of calcium carbonate found in the inner
ear canals of salmon is giving researchers information about
all the places the fish have been. Otoliths grow along with
the salmon and absorb elements from whatever waters it swims
in, offering lots of information, including how old the fish
is. "This is an underutilized tool. If you invest the time
and energy to build a robust map, this is a good way to actually
get at some of the fundamental questions about the movement
patterns of salmon," said Sean Brennan, author of the study
published in Science Advances. New Scientist (5/15).
Exact map of salmon journeys drawn from strontium in their ears
- by Aviva Rutkin
To really get to know someone, you have to get inside their
head. And it's the same for salmon. In their inner ear canals,
just behind their eyes, sit small chunks of calcium carbonate
called otoliths that can tell you a lot about a fish and its
Now a team has mapped the journeys of hundreds of Chinook salmon
in unprecedented detail by looking carefully at how these bonelike
structures store rare elements from the waters the fish live
It may be the key to helping the world's salmon withstand the
pressures of climate change and commercial fishing and is potentially
applicable to other species and environments.
Much as the growth rings in a tree stump can be used to age
it, otoliths grow in concentric circles as a fish grows, so
they can be used to tell how old a fish is. The chemical composition
of each layer of an otolith depends on what was in the water
around the fish at the time the calcium carbonate was laid down.
"It's an amazing structure," says Anna Sturrock, a
biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who wasn't
involved in the study. "It's this little data-logger in
the fish's head."
Sean Brennan of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his colleagues
wondered if they could use the traces of the element strontium
in otoliths to accurately track where salmon had been.
Moving water dissolves strontium out of river rocks, and is
included in an otolith as it grows. And because the different
isotopes, or versions, of the element are found in varying quantities
in different areas, it means the waters in a certain area should
have a distinct isotope ratio. Match that with a layer of otolith
and you might know that a fish was there at a certain age.
So the team traveled along the Nushagak river in Alaska collecting
samples. They gathered water, sedentary fish called slimy sculpins
and otoliths from young salmon that had not yet left home. They
measured the strontium levels in all the samples, and used them
to identify seven regions among the river's streams and tributaries
with distinct strontium profiles.
This map helped Brennan's team pinpoint the birthplaces and
travels of more than 400 salmon caught in 2011. Some 70 per
cent resided in the same stream that they were born in
the rest had moved to other habitats.
It's too early to take any big lessons away from the work, says
Brennan. His team has continued to track the salmon's movement
they're now coming up on their third year of collecting
data. But he's optimistic about the possibilities of the data,
which could help ecologists better understand how individual
populations are responding to habitat loss or changes in their
"This is an underutilized tool," he says. "If
you invest the time and energy to build a robust map, this is
a good way to actually get at some of the fundamental questions
about the movement patterns of salmon."
Isotope mapping may be more difficult in regions where there
isn't as much geological variety, says Sturrock. The Nushagak
river is home to a diverse mixture of volcanic and sedimentary
rock, which means many regions have distinct strontium ratios.
In other places it might be better to roll this technique in
with other tracers or with genetic information, she says.
Cost is also an issue, says Karin Limburg at the State University
of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in
Syracuse. "It's probably prohibitively expensive for widespread
application, but perhaps someday in the future, it may become
more applicable if analytical costs ever drop."
month in BackCast I described a report on the Effects
and Possible causes of the 2011 IRL Superbloom. This
inspired me launch a effort summarize the major programs aimed
at repairing the damage of this event and minimizing the chances
of a repeat. I had read a number of articles and press releases
on individual programs, but I was left confused by how it
all fit together and how likely these were to restore the
IRL to its former health.
My initial research did not lead to concise list of remedial
programs, and left me further confused by the number of organizations
with web sites and reports and news releases of various forms
on the subject. Clearly, I had to understand who were the
major players and how all the organizations related to one
I identified the following organizations as possibly having
a significant role. There may be more. I have included a web
reference so you can pursue some or all for further details.
* St. Johns River Water Management District (floridaswater.com)
* Brevard County Natural Resources Council (brevardcounty.us)
* The Marine Resources Council (savetheirl.org)
* Indian River Lagoon Council (itsyourlagoon.com)
* Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (indianriverlagoon.org)
There are also a number of ad hoc organizations, such as the
Indian River Lagoon 2011 Consortium, which comprised at least
26 scientists from 10 organizations. Another organization
is The IRL National Estuary Program (IRLNEP), funded by the
US Environmental Protection Agency and other partners.
The St Johns River Water Management District (SJWMD) appears
to have the largest number and most concrete projects and
plans, although the budgeting and scheduling information is
sometimes scant. The Brevard County Natural Resource Council
(NRC) is involved in past and future Muck Dredging operations.
Most of the other organizations appear to be involved primarily
in publicity and fund raising (important functions, but of
limited value unless properly used).
As we went to press, it was announced that the SJRWMD Governing
Board had selected Ann Shortell as the next executive director,
replacing Hans Tanzler III. Earlier this month, four other
senior staff had resigned.
My research left me overwhelmed with general information but
lacking in specifics. The timeline and geographic description
of the 2011 algae bloom is nicely documented, but quantified
relations between various factors appears lacking. The growth
of population in the area is likely the underlying problem,
but the relative impact of secondary factors, such as nutrient
loading, habitat alteration, water pollution and climate change,
appears very imperfectly known. This means we do not understand
how much difference, say, a large reduction in nutrient additions
lagoon would make. Would we be better off putting the same
effort and funding into planting more mangroves, or cultivating
more oysters, or something else?
Another factor to consider is the rule of unintended consequences.
Mucking about with a complex, poorly understood system, such
as the IRL, is a recipe for disaster, or at least set-backs.
Examples exist in the IRL situation itself. Several of the
planned mitigation efforts involve undoing parts of government
program in mosquito control which seemed wise and effective
50 years ago, but whose total effects were poorly understood,
and sometimes adverse.
This all means that it is important to us as major stakeholders
in the IRL to understand the major remedial programs and their
intended and unintended effects. In the next few months I
plan to summarize some of the major programs, including their
costs and schedules. Please contact me with any comments you
have on the subject
a previous issue of our Newsletter:
"The Backcast" in PDF format