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 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 April
the the Outings page for details on past events.
Gaudet at Harry Goodes reports good recent catches
of Reds and Trout in the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian
Don't forget to send us your photos to share with our members!
can be seen on our Gallery page.
MONTHLY FLY TYING
In April Jeff will tie a Weedless Shrimp
April 20th, 6:15 P.M.
Melbourne Public Library
Fee Ave. in Melbourne
here for details
Fly Tying Class
at Harry Goodes Outdoor Shop
The last Saturday of every month!
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
All you need to bring is a fly tying vise.
All other materials will be provided
Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, April 2nd 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Our program for April will be
presented by Louis Gaudet, of
Harry Goodes Outdoor Shop.
Louis taught at L.L. Bean and Orvis
He has been in this area for 2.5 years.
and was a freshwater trout guide for 8 yrs
on the Farmington river in Connecticut
and Delaware river in New York.
Louis has been fly fishing for 20 years,
starting at age 6
He is on the Scott fly rods pro staff.
Adams, of Florida Tech and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, is asking
for our help. He is looking for guidance from recreational
anglers on where to focus research, conservation, and restoration
efforts that address our recreational fisheries.
Please provide answers to the questions below, and we'll forward
them along to Aaron.
1. What are
the top 3 threats to recreational fisheries of Indian River
Lagoon? The more specific the answer, the better.
What are the top 3 projects or approaches to restore IRL's
Replies can be sent to Frank Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
our club awards a certificate and prize to a Brevard student
for work in Scientific Research. This years award goes to Carson
White of Pt. Malabar Elementary School.
has decided that his boat need a new home that will provide
it more exercise. Anyone able to provide this home can get a
The particulars are as follows:
Boat: 1975 Lucraft. 138, 375 pounds, 68beam
Motor: 2005 25 HP Johnson
Trailer: 1987 Harding
Trolling Motor: 2006 Minn Kota, Model 35T,27 pound thrust
Great fishing boat.
To see it, contact Frank Perkins at 676-0863 or email@example.com.
TOO MUCH NATURE
By Jeff Ward
morning was near perfect on the Indian River flats. I was fishing
the open sand holes on the grass flats in about four feet of
water. Predators like sea trout, snook and redfish use these
transitions as ambush points to attack baitfish like finger
mullet and pinfish. I have always had a love of topwater fishing
so this early morning I was casting an olive Dahlberg diver,
a fly that makes a subtle plop and dives a few inches under
the water on each strip of my line. My eyes strained to focus
through my polarized sunglasses to pick up any kind of flash
or shadow of a predator about to strike my fly. Then it happened,
I never saw it coming. A seagull from a hundred feet above dived
down and crashed my fly. I couldn't yank my Dahlberg from him
before he took it back to the skies. Certainly a fly rod is
not designed to fight an aerial battle. This is embarrassing.
I know you bow to a fish when he becomes airborne but do you
constantly bow when fighting a seagull? When I do finally get
him to the boat I just want to cut the leader but my eco-morality
would not let me leave this bird with a decorative piercing.
We don't need gulls with bling. With no protective glove, which
I do now keep in my boat for any future bird battles, I grabbed
the fighting bird and removed my fly with a pair of pliers.
When it was all said and done my hand looked like I had done
a tonsillectomy on a woodpecker. My hands stung from a hundred
pecks when I rinsed them in the brackish estuary.
Abandoning the deeper flats I moved to fish the shallows between
the docks that line the shore. When I cast my fly toward the
shore I feel my boat lurch. A manatee has come up to the boat
and is pulling on the hand towel I have hanging over the side.
This encounter with an endangered species made me lose all concentration
on fishing. As I knelt down to get a closer look at this creature
playing with my boat, I heard the water explode where I had
just cast my fly. Within the first ten seconds of the fight
a jump revealed that I had a nice snook on the line. Did I hook
this fish or was it the manatee dragging the boat which subsequently
pulled the rod and fly who gets credit for hooking this snook?
The fight was on. I knew I had to keep the snook from running
through the dock pilings where he would be looking for a cut
off on the barnacles. If I could get him to deep water the fight
would be much easier. My eco-morality kicked in again as I soon
realized the trolling motor was not an option. That manatee
was scratching his back on the prop. Almost all of them already
have prop scars on their backs. While using side pressure I
managed to steer the snook away from the dock toward deeper
water. Now the fight would be easier...right...no.
Coming in full bore, looking like mini nuclear subs with their
conning tower dorsal fins and pushing a wake of water over their
backs, were two dolphins These creatures believe in catch, release
and eat. They also have an uncanny sense of whether a fish has
an exposed hook in it. They will wait for anyone to unhook and
release an easy meal for them. Side pressure loops the weary
snook back to the boat. My first attempt to lip him failed as
he swam right past me down the side of the boat. Then all hell
broke loose. The snook sped up and launched himself up the back
of the manatee out of the water towards the dock again. This
caused the manatee to panic and blow water six feet in the air
with his huge tail as he decided this is not the place to be.
This commotion also sent the dolphins into a watery frenzy With
one more loop away from the dolphins, I finally grabbed the
snook by the lip and lifted him into the boat for a photo. CPR...catch...photo...release..
I moved my boat as close to shore as I could and revived the
tired snook between my boat and the bank. In water that's eight
inches deep, I knew he was safe from the opportunistic dolphins.
As his strength came back I released him into the dock pilings
where he would be safe.
It was all over. I used my trolling motor to move to open water.
It's time to sip coffee, relax and enjoy the warmth of the sunrise.
I thought to myself "I went through all this for one fish.
Would I have to go through all this again for another? God I
love nature and I thank him for the beautiful day, but I'm not
young anymore, how about nature just a little at a time."
a previous issue of our Newsletter:
"The Backcast" in PDF format