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
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
to new members
View our list of 2014
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
Weekend of shadfishing on the St Johns
River near Mullet Lake Park, RESCHEDULED
Shenker , who presented our program in January, invited us to
visit the FIT Marine Lab in Vero Beach.
Go the the Outings page for details.
Pettit reports a couple of trout approaching 20 from
his regular wading spot.
As this is written, the Inlet is slow due to the weather.
I have heard no reports of shad.
Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
can be seen on our Gallery page.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
In February, Jeff will tie a Maribou Seaduecer.
here for details
Abeels (Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent,
University of Florida IFAS Extension, Brevard County)
asked that we publicize a For Hire Fishing Workshop
they are holding on February 27
for charter captains and fishing guides.
Cost is $25 and topics include:
Developing a business plan
Increasing market visibility
Social media marketing
Latest fishing research
For details, call 321-633-1702x235
Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, February 5th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
have a special treat this month, in the form of Steve Kantner,
the Land Captain...His programs are always different,
interesting and unpredictable. Come and hear his latest take
on the fishing scene.
is a well-known outdoor communicator who entered the fishing
business as a guide. Steves cameo enterprise, Landcaptain,
Inc., takes its name from how Steve used to guide (he still
occasionally does) customers from the seat of his car. A South
Florida fixture for over 50 years, Kantner has walked (and fished)
practically every foot of surf, pier and canal bank thats
accessible to anglers on foot.
After starring in several television episodes that
featured his unique approach to catching fish from shoreand
hosting a drivetime radio program¯ Steve decided to become
a full-time writer, fly casting instructor, seminar promoter,
and sometimes-editor whose by-line has appeared in Salt Water
Sportsman, Florida Sportsman, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Fishing
in Salt Waters and similar publications. He has also written
for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and was at one time
the assistant editor, as well as editor-at-large and opinion
columnist for Florida Fishing Weekly.
Stackpole Publishers recently released Steves most-recent
endeavor: The Ultimate Guide to Fishing South Florida on
Foot. In addition, he wrote the history chapter for Andy
Mills A Passion for Tarpon (Wild River Press) and
collaborated with Tom Greene on A Net Full of Tails.
Steve is widely regarded as THE walk-in expert.
In passing-on what hes learned, he salts practical experience
with a scientific perspectivethanks to a degree in zoology¯along
with a dollop of Falstaffian humor. The result, he believes,
instructs his readers not only in the art of finding fish, but
the how-to of catching them as well.
Steve lives with his wife in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
along with their three family cats.
reported in our January program the latest findings from studies
of the life history of both Tarpon and Bonefish. Some of the
editors summaries and comments:
Tarpon hatch into tiny larva a few tenths of an inch long in
the open sea. Latest research indicates that one area where
spawning occurs is in the Gulf of Mexico,
near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Spawning may
occur in other areas of the Gulf and Atlantic; young larva have
been found throughout this area. Young Tarpon grow to maturity
in mangrove backwaters as in our local area. Tarpon can make
use of their air bladders to thrive in water with low oxygen
content, and they seem to prefer small isolated canals and marshes,
presumably to avoid larger predators. It is puzzling how the
tiny, poorly swimming larva and young Tarpon make their way
from the open ocean to the backwaters of the Indian River Lagoon
and similar habitat. It is also puzzling why such a low probability
migration would evolve. One possibility is that encourages wide
geographical dispersal of the young fish.
similarly spawn in the open ocean. Again,knowledge of the exact
locations are limited, but one area in the Bahamas has been
identified and studied. The Bonefish gather in large, dense
spawning schools in deep water not far from their usual flats
habitat. Bonefish in these aggregations have been observed to
make short excursions to a depth of several hundred feet and
then returning to the surface. One possible explanation for
this behavior is that the change in pressure aids and encourages
the discharge of eggs and milt.
Bonefish larvae live in the open ocean, and need very clean,
clear water. They live in the plankton for ~ 50-60 days before
they're ready to settle to the bottom - in shallow, sandy habitats,
with low wave action.
The open ocean spawning of both species has great significance
in managing and protecting them. The extended geographic area
utilized in the spawning and maturing process means that threats
to the fish may occur in areas remote from and different from
the habitat used by the adults. A population crash in one area
may be due an environmental insult or overharvesting in quite
Tarpon Trust, Belize River Lodge and Frontiers Travel are
pleased to announce the 2015 Belize River Lodge Bonefish and
Permit Tagging Challenge to be held March 25 - April 1, 2015.
Participation in this event blends research and fishing.
And there is plenty of quality time fishing and great memories
helping and participating in conservation - all while staying
at one of the Caribbean's best fishing
lodges. There will also be chances to win gear donated by
top manufacturers during the trip.
this trip, they plan to tag as many bonefish and permit as
possible with "spaghetti tags" allowing them to
follow their growth and migrations. The information collected
is critical in the effort to help conserve and enhance this
fishery. In addition, they will place at least one satellite
tag on a big tarpon.
My experience traveling on volunteer scientific expeditions
was that the research aspect lends an extra feeling of accomplishment
to the trip. I have also fished from Belize River Lodge, and
it is a great family-run operation. It is quick to reach,
being only a few miles from the Belize City airport, but feels
Webmaster has a park named for her in South Florida
M.E. DePalma Park is a public garden containing native
and other plants that attract birds and butterflies. The park,
located at the corner of NE 7th Avenue and NE 20th Drive in
Wilton Manors, Florida, is registered with the National Wildlife
Federation as Wildlife Habitat.
To learn more about the park visit: http://www.MEDePalmaPark.com
or, if you are on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/M.E.DEPALMA.PARK
Hunt up a good
fishing or outdoor related item (valued from $5 up) to donate to
the auction. Then come to the meeting and join the spirited bidding
for another item. There are already some nice fly rods, boxes of
expertly tied flies and artistic items which have been donated.
Some examples to be auctioned are shown below.
Get ready for our annual fund-raising auction in March.