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
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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)
Start of the Fishing Season"
President Brian Hatfield
to new members
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 March
but last month - a great time was had by all!
Go the the Outings page for details.
the recent cold snap, the Sebastian Inlet web site
reported: Fishing remains hit or miss. We have had a few nice
fish but they have been landed by the more patient angler.
The new moon is bringing us extreme tides and according to
the "Farmer's Almanac" February 18 - March
5th are going to be good fishing days and it goes on to say
that fish tend to feed more during high tide periods. Even
though the winds are frustrating anglers with tangled lines,
use a little heavier tackle and get out there and wet a line!
Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
can be seen on our Gallery page.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
In March, Jeff will tie a Redfish Slider.
Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, March 5th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
The Fun Fund-Raiser of the Year
month is our annual auction. Chip Turknett will be our auctioneer
again. We owe him many thanks for his great jobs in the past
and look forward to another great auction. There will be lots
of custom flies, rods, reels, and assorted other items. Please
help by not only donating an item but buying some as well.
The auction is the major fund-raiser for the club and allows
us to keep the dues low, while offering interesting programs
from the cream of the fly fishing world.
Members and guests may participate in the auction by donating
an item (from $5 to $500) for sale. Search your boat, garage
and storage cabinets for under-used or duplicate fishing or
outdoor equipment and bring it in to the auction.
Then come and bid aggressively so your club can have another
great year. Checks and cash are accepted at the auction.
This year we plan to put some items in a silent auction to speed
up the evenings activities.
received the 2015 edition of Bonefish & Tarpon Journal and
it is a very interesting publication. It included nine articles
on topics such as Bonefish spawning, Permit in Belize, Sunscreen,
and Tippets. The current issue has not yet been published on
web, but there is a lot of other interesting information
is a worthy non-profit that is accomplishing lots of valuable
research supporting conservation. and deserves our generous
financial and other support.
One way of supporting them is to participate in one
of their Traveling Angler trips:
Belize River Lodge BTT Bonefish & Permit
Challenge March 25 - April 1, 2015
The Palometa Club - May 1 - 8, 2015
Belcampo Belize - Dates TBD
These involve angling to collect research material for BTT..
Based on similar citizen scientist research trips
I have taken for other organizations, I would highly recommend
these trips. Details can be found on the web site mentioned
I recently re-discovered a book from my childhood on my bookshelf.
It was purchased by Mama for me to give to Papa on his birthday.
The title page is shown here.. The book was published in 1942.
Ray Bergman was a well-known trout expert. Fred Hermann Hildebrandt
(August 2, 1874 January 26,1956) was a talented artist,
a member of the United States House of Representatives from
South Dakota,and head of the South Dakota Game and Fish Commission.
book contains a surprising amount on flyfishing for bass.
One of the color plates of flies is shown. Most would not
be amiss in current fly boxes the exceptions being
the salmon style flies, such as the second and third rows.
casting lures and plugs are also familiar, except there is
no mention of plastic worms. The book also predates spinning
tackle in the US.
away in the Bergman book from the 1940s was this brochure
on the Taylor Fishermans barometer. It must have been
popular, thee are several listed on E bay.
I was familiar
with the term Adirondack Guide Boat, but did not know any details
until an article appeared in a recent fishing magazine. A little
research turned up some interesting information.
The Adirondack region of New York state is anarea of forest
and lakes and was a major barrier to transportation in the early
colonial days. Boats were useful but needed to be portable to
be carried among the waterways, while providing good cargo capacity.
What evolved is an amazingly efficient design, able to carry
a load more that ten times its weight in an attractive, easy
to row design made largely of local resources. There is a cursory
resemblance to a canoe, but the construction details are different
and it is propelled by oars, not paddles.
Its shape owes more to fishing dories than canoes.One key local
material is the Red Spruce whose roots are shaped like boat
ribs. This is important because wood is much stronger in the
direction of the grain, so ribs sawed from the natural shape
were very strong for their weight. Another key local wood is
that of the White Pine, which is easily shaped and grows straight
with no knotsideal characteristics for boat planking.
An Adirondack Guide Boat has no frame. The only longitudinal
members are the planks, attached directly to the ribs. The planking
is lap strake style, except the joints are beveled, leading
to smooth surface inside and out. The planks are thin for lightness
makes fastening the plank joints difficult with nails or screws.
The solution is to rivet the joints by bending the projecting
points of the fastening tacks by driving them into a metal backing
bar. This is repeated from inside and out.
Oars are more efficient than paddles because one person handles
a pair, and the leverage offered by the row locks is advantageous.
The pinned oars of a guide boat cannot be feathered, but can
be released without danger of losing them overboard.
From Its beginning as the pickup truck of the north woods, the
guide boat gained its modern name when region attracted fishers
and hunters who needed guides and transportation and the commercial
cargo carrier found a new application as a guides boat.