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 2015 you do not have to renew for this coming year, but if you joined before May in 2015 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

Dominic Agostini is....
Some previews from the Photo Showcase.

Paul Rowgo of Palm Bay

View our list of 2016 new members

Member Information:
club history

We have been operating as a club for 27 years.
One of our founding fathers Ron, Winn wrote the history of the club on our About Us
next outing

We would like to make club outings a social and educational opportunity. Plan on attending the next outing with someone you don’t normally fish with, perhaps a new member. Also, share your boat with a non-boating member. Just inform any Board member
(see the list in BackCast) if you have a boat to share,
or if you are currently boatless, and any suggestions you have for a local destination.

We are planning an outing for the next couple of months, so let us know your ideas.

Go the the Outings
page for details

Harry Goodes shop reports Snook, Jack and Tarpon along the beach between Satellite Beach and the Inlet. The Indian River has been yielding some trout and juvenile Tarpon

Dick Petit recently tried an early morning wading trip with his grandson. They saw lots of bait, and some tarpon, but had no strikes.

Paul and Sherry Parker
report good results on recent trips. Paul and a nice Snook are shown in a photo on our Gallery page.
* view PHOTOS and reports on our Gallery page

fly tying

For July, Jeff Ward will be tying a Stu Apte Tarpon Fly,one of the original tarpon flies.

Click here for fly tying tips

Monthly Dinner Meeting:

Thursday, July 7th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach

Brown Trout - Iceland
July’s BFFA Member Fly Fishing Photo Showcase.

Next week Dominic Aggostini, our President and a Professional Photographer, will be showcasing the fly fishing adventures of our club members with their photos.

If you have not yet sent your favorite fly fishing photos to you still have time.
Many great photos have already been sent in.
Don’t miss out on being a part of this fun program.

MudSkipper- Australia

Trout of New Zealand
by Frank Perkins

I am not a freshwater trout expert, but I have cast to enough of them around the world to recognize a situation in which trout fishing is different than the rest of the world.

New Zealand is a great country, with lots of varied sights and a low population density. It has many gorgeous rivers and lakes and a population of introduced trout. My brother lived in New Zealand for many years, so I had a good reason to make the long haul to the South Pacific. On my first several trips I concentrated on visiting my brother and seeing the sights, and fishing was secondary. Afterwards I realized that my efforts a trout fishing had been notably productive. On my next few trips, I set out to figure out why this was so.

My first step was to hire a local guide and observe him closely. My success rate went up, but more importantly I recognized that his style of fishing differed from what I had experienced in other areas. He walked rapidly along the stream, his attention closely focused on the river. Periodically he would stop and quietly motion me into position to cast to a fish which I could finally spot with his coaching. Sometimes the fish would hit; other times he would ignore the fly. After a few casts, usually without trying another fly, the guide would resume his marathon up the river.

As I read and observed more, and talked to moreguides and experts, I developed a theory which seemed to fit. First, while the New Zealand rivers are clear and attractive, they do not have the abundance of insect life of most other trout streams. This means that there are many fewer trout, and this means that many of the feeding lanes are empty, and casts to them are futile. Thus it is more effective to spend your time identifying the few feeding lanes that are occupied.

Hence the fast-paced searches conducted by the New Zealand guides. Another apparent result of the lower trout density is the larger average size of the trout. The reason for this is less clear to me, but I suspect that it has to do with the more carnivorous nature of the larger trout. They need a more concentrated source of energy than is available from the scarce insect population.

The behavior of the observed trout is also curious, in that they seem hesitant to abandon their feedingstations even in the face of less than ideal stealth by the angler. I soon worked out a theory for this: the few large fish are dominant in their section of the river and have claimed the most desirable spots, both for feeding and for safety. Since they were already in a safe location, they felt no compulsion to abandon it. They might have more hesitation in hitting an even slightly suspicious insect, but otherwise they would just ignore the encroaching angler. Given this mindset by the trout, it was best to abandon this fish and look for another, which might be approached with more stealth.

One other observation offers promise of better trout fishing in New Zealand, but I never had a chance to try it: It is common in New Zealand to have a large trout grab a smaller one you have hooked and are playing. This is evidence of more reliance on meat than insects by New Zealand trout. To take advantage of this, why not try one of our common large saltwater streamer patterns. It would certainly raise eyebrows on a New Zealand river, but if it works, who cares!

Whatever you fish for, observe and ponder what you see and think outside the box!

Tennessee has a new state record rainbow trout caught by 15-year-old Benton resident John Morgan in Polk County on Friday, June 17. The fish weighed 18 pounds and 8 ounces, measuring 32 inches long and 22 and one-fourth inches in girth. The catch surpasses the previous record for a rainbow trout in Tennessee of 16 pounds, 15 ounces which was set in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir. Morgan caught the record fish in a farm pond owned by his grandfather's friend. He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring a fishing pole along. Morgan didn’t know that this favor would lead to a new state record. After 45 minutes, Morgan had fished a little, caught the turtle and decided to fish for another 10 minutes before leaving. He cast again and after a 20 minute struggle, he had the fish on shore. A sophomore at Polk County High School, Morgan fishes several days a week, mostly in the Hiwassee River. “I just love being outside, hunting and fishing,” said Morgan.Morgan has already dropped the fish off at a taxidermist!

From the Sebastian Inlet web site: 06-27-16 MONDAY: SPOTTY ACTION, THE HEAT IS ON!

We have another beautiful morning at the Sebastian Inlet. Northwest winds are blowing at 5 mph, gusting to 6 and the water is calm. Winds are predicted to increase some this afternoon and we have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. There are no NOAA advisories this morning.

Over the weekend we saw a nice variety of fish but not in large numbers according to Sarah and the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. We have a lot of bait in the water and fish are plentiful but lethargic due to the heat. The beaches are holding some nice fish also. Sarah recommends light tackle if fishing the beaches. A few Snapper, Margate, Lookdowns, Whiting, Reds, Mackerel and Blue Runners came over the rails this weekend, but it was spotty.

Help your club!

Our faithful Webmaster, M E DePalma, needs to devote her energies to other activities and is resigning her position.

We need a replacement for her.

The job consists of uploading the newsletter contents–an hour or two a month.

We need someone to step up for the job this month. See Ron Winn or any member of the Board of Director


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We encourage any member to attend a board meeting. They are informal and more social than business. Come and enjoy the latest news and jokes, and contribute your ideas for improving the club. During tax season, the Board of Directors meets at Squid Lips on Pineapple Ave on the river in Eau Gallie. The meeting is on the normal day are at 6:30 PM. Some members arrive earlier for dinner, at 5:00 PM.

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