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 2013 you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined before May
in 2013 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

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 Don "Shogun" Davis
April 2014

Welcome to our new members

George Bolton of Melbourne Beach

Bob Moriarty
of Sebastian, a 50 year fly fisherman.

View our list of 2014 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 this month

Go the the Outings page for details.

Sherry Parker reported she and Paul had a good outing in the south IRL catching snook, jacks, mangrove snappers and a blue.

A week ago they fished Blue Cypress and reported the fishing was slow so they moved to the Sebastian River and jumped several tarpons.

Billy Kempfer said he had a good fishing outing to Crystal River catching a bunch of trout (several 20”+) and reds.

Billy stated the 4-H youth fly fishing group had an exceptional outing at the Kempfer Ranch with each of the 5 youth catching around 20 bream. Special thanks goes to our club members who mentored the youth, they are Frank Catino, Jay McGowen, Don Perchalski, Craig Smith, Jeff Ward and Billy Kempfer.
Send us your reports and
Don't forget to send us your photos!

Photos can be seen on our Gallery page.

fly tying

21, 2014
This month’s fly will be Jeff's Black Vulture Fly, tied by Jeff Ward himself. Good for bass, tarpon or any nightfishing.

Editors note* There was an article in the recent local paper about the benefits of fly tying to relieve the stress of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A fly fishing club in Pensacola conducts sessions at a local veterans facility.

Come to our sessions and se what a well-adjusted bunch of guys and girls we have. Good work, Jeff.!

The March auction was a popular success. Thanks to everyone who donated items, as well as to the many bidders. The Club is on a sound financial footing and can continue to offer our interesting programs.

The Borski Painting raffle was won by Skip Painton. This was a just reward for his generous donation of auction items over the years.

Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, April 3rd
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Our program for April will be
presented by Dr. Aaron Adams.

Aaron is the Director of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and a Research Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Maryland, a Master’s from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and also holds a Coast Guard Captain’s License. He has lived, worked, and fished on both coasts of the US, as well as throughout the Caribbean, where he has been conducting fish research for more than 25 years. His pursuit of effective fisheries and habitat conservation are rooted in his years growing up near Chesapeake Bay, where he witnessed the decline of the Bay’s habitats and fisheries. His scientific focus has been on conducting applied research with conservation implications (from coral reef to recreational species), with particular interest in fish habitat ecology. As Director of Operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, he creates the strategy for, oversees, and executes BTT’s collaborative efforts as a science-based conservation organization to apply research findings to conservation needs for coastal fisheries. In addition to more than thirty research publications, he spends considerable effort translating science into fishermen’s terms: and has authored three books, co-authored one book (and is working on a second co-authored book), written many magazine articles, and has been part of TV shows applying fish science to recreational fishing and fish conservation.


Inspired by Skip Mackey's final request, the Florida Council of International Federation of Fly Fishers has approved funding for up to $1000 for transportation expenses for a Florida youth who is accepted into the Bighorn Youth Adventure Program. The award is officially The Florida Council IFFF "Skip" Mackey Youth Award.

The Bighorn Youth Adventure is a five day program in Fort Smith, MT of fly fishing and fly tying for kids 14 to 18. Lodging, food and guide service will be provided at no cost by the Bighorn River Alliance.

With the Florida Council transportation allowance, this is an annual opportunity for an outstanding (and completely free) fishing adventure for some local youth.

Help identify a deserving local candidate for 2015..

Learn more about the Bighorn Youth Adventure Program

Our past President and Chairman of the Board Mike Badarack decided to apply his skill and experience in dog handling in a far-away spot, Baghdad, Iraq.

He reports:

”We have 110 K9 teams over here in the Baghdad Iraq area. We search for 39 different components associated with explosive devices to include IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices), usually attached to cell phones, vehicles, motorcycles, and even bicycles. We even have them using children and women as bombs, telling them if they blow themselves up their family won't be killed. VBID's [Vehicle Borne Improvised explosive Device] are larger explosives usually attached to buses, dump trucks, etc. There have been a lot of vests worn by people that are wired with explosives lately, that’s kinda the new thing.

“I just work in the Baghdad area. It’s pretty common everyday to hear explosions going off around the area and gunfire is pretty normal as well; can't really think of a day that I haven't seen or heard it. A typical day is spent searching vehicles, trucks, and baggage. along the highway called Route Irish, between the Baghdad Airport and the Green Zone in downtown Baghdad. It is reputed to be the world’s most dangerous highway due to bombs. Each dog team searches hundreds of vehicles a day trying to limit the number of explosives that make it into the Green Zone….so far we have been very successful–not one explosive device has made it by, the K9's have found them all. We mainly use German Shepherds and Belgian Malanois. We work multiple places along the Red Zone, Green Zone, and US Embassy.

“ Please tell everyone I said hello.”

The hazards from errant casts on a poling platform will seem pretty tame to Mike when he returns.

Sigmund Sarkady, age 75, of Melbourne Beach, Florida, passed away March 1, 2014, at his home. He was born December 17, 1938, in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Kent State University and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Florida for 30 years. Sigmund was passionate about fly fishing, and he enjoyed fishing in Florida, Canada, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He was buried in Hendrysburg, Ohio.
He was active in the club and will be greatly missed.

Carl Swisher
was a passionate local fisherman known to many of us. (His email address was “bigsnook”.) He passed away on March 3, 2014, in Kansas. He was born on July2, 1931 and graduated from Kansas State University in 1958. He served in the Marine Corp from 1949 to 1952. He lived in Florida for over 40 years, working for Lockheed and Radiation/Harris. He operated a retail and wholesale seafood business, Lighthouse Cove, on the EauGallie causeway for several years.



Each year we award $100 to a deserving student for their science project concerning our aquatic environs.Below is the award certificate to this year’s winner Emma Zoiss along with her response.


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