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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:
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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
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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
would like to make club outings a social and educational
opportunity. Plan on attending the next outing with someone
you dont 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,
if you are currently boatless, and any suggestions you
have for a local destination.
the the Outings
page for details
Horne reports:Tootsie and I fished Mound Lake on the Kempfer
property on Friday. We caught about 40 panfish. Early morning
weather was great and scenery beautiful.
Don Perchlski reported that before he left for the
Keys he had been seeing good numbers of Tarpon
off the beach near Patrick AFB.
The Sebastian Inlet web site
reported on Monday,July 25th: We have a very still morning
at the inlet. A little puff of air will come out of the South-Southeast
every now and then but it's a hot, steamy morning on the jetties.
No wind = no see 'ums, be sure to take insect repellent with
you if you head to the inlet today.
Tommy Turowski is back part time at the Sebastian
Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop and this morning he
reports a decent Mangrove Snapper bite. There is
still a lot of bait in the water. Over the weekend it
was mostly Mangroves and Spanish Mackerel with
an occasional Red or C/R Snook. Thanks Tommy,
good to have you back!
Goodes Outdoor Shop reports juvenile Tarpon in Crane
Creek and similar waters, and suggests going early to beat
Don Davis reports: Dominic and I had a good two
days fishing with Willy Le at an undisclosed
location for redfish. We caught several and Willy
caught a gator trout.
Billy Kempfer reports that it is a good time to take
advantage of his offer for members to fish on his
property. The lakes on his place are finally fishable
and hes ready to have those who want to go out for
a morning of fishing, either weekdays or on the
weekend. He suggests those wanting to fish contact
him to make arrangements. Call him on his cell phone at 288-7468.
To take advantage of this opportunity,a donation to BFFA of
$100 is requested.
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Jeff Ward will be tying a Poppin'Shrimp
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Monthly Dinner Meeting:
Thursday, August 4th 6:30 PM
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Our August Program, presented by our own Ron Winn, promises
to be very interesting and informative.
Winn moved to Indialantic in the late 50s as a youngster
going into second grade. Things were very different here then.
A1A was a two lane road and even parts were unpaved south of
Melbourne Beach. North of the Eau Gallie causeway there were
very few houses. Almost all of the Island was woods. The ocean
and Indian River were his playgrounds. In the early sixties
he took up surfing and spent more time in the water and outdoors.
He was a good observer and was even paid to be one as a weather
man while in the Navy.
He took up fly fishing in the late seventies and after stopping
in an old friends rod shop in Melbourne Beach, he renewed
his friendship from high school with the proprietor, Frank Catino.
Having been the waterman he was growing up, it was not long
until he tried the new style of fishing in the surf. Thinking
there was no reason why beach fish wouldnt take a fly
and on his very first cast in the surf had a small jack destroy
his red and yellow Mickey Finn. He was definitely hooked!
He spends much of his fishing time plying the surf in our area
from Cocoa Beach south to the inlet. His favorite spots are
the area where there are rocks or deep troughs. He promises
to share some of his experiences, techniques, rigging shooting
heads and ammo with us as he talks and demonstrates his passion
of fly fishing the surf.
by Frank Perkins
of the nice features of this area is the fine collection of
clouds. I have a greater appreciation for clouds after spending
a year in Southern California many years ago. They had no
clouds all summer and I missed them.
The best way to study our clouds this time of year is while
floating on your back in a swimming pool. Our local clouds
are mostly cumulus, the fluffy guys formed by heated bubbles
of air rising from the sun-heated earth. As they gain altitude
and cool the moisture in them condenses, forming the visible
clouds. Sometimes the condensation line is sharp,resulting
in a flat bottom on the clouds.
Often the Easterly wind carries the rising currents west,
forming a visible line of clouds reflecting the cooler waters
of the ocean and lagoon. At other times a line of clouds is
visible far to the East, probably reflecting the warmer waters
of the Gulf Stream.
Sometimes a cumulus cloud will grow to the point that the
condensed water droplets grow heavy enough to fall as rain.
This can result in a one acre shower, limited
to a small area on the ground. Sometimes a cumulus cloud will
grow into a thunderhead and a drenching rain over a wider
area, accompanied by thunder and lightninga good reason
to keep an eye on the clouds in the afternoon.
I regularly go out to breakfast on Fridays, and the Easterly
drive often presents a spectacular cloud show, backlit by
the rising sun. It is striking how rapidly the scene changes
in the few minutes of my morning drive.
Take advantage of our cloudsfew areas can beat the show
THE SUWANNEE RIVER
By member, Craig Smith
June 17th , my daughter Dana and I went on a 4 day, three
night paddling excursion down the Suwannee River. I would
encourage anyone that likes this type of activity to do
so. There is a website called the Suwannee River Wilderness
Trail that has collectively put together a series of River
Camps, Hubs and State Parks that allows inexperienced
and experience paddlers alike to comfortably travel along
the river while still enjoying a remote experience.
We launched from Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State
Park, which is just below White Springs. We ended up leaving
one vehicle there, and the other vehicle we used was left
at the Suwannee River State Park for the drive back. The
cost to leave a vehicle parked in those areas was a reasonable
$5.00 per night. We ended up staying at the Woods Ferry
River Camp the first night and the Holton Creek River
Camp the second night. At these camps there were 5 platforms,
which were 16 by 16 shelters that were screened
in and had small corner tables, hammock hooks and a ceiling
fan with a light. There were even electrical outlets,
which were convenient for recharging phones or GPS units.
Each platform had a water spigot outside as well as campfire
rings and grills nearby. A real bonus, after a long day
of paddling were the shower facilities and flush toilets.
Both nights we stayed at the River Camps there were never
any other campers even though the weather was exceptional
and the evenings were comfortable. The River Camps are
free of charge, but need to be reserved by calling 800-868-9914.
The last night we stayed at one of the fee-based cabins
at the Suwannee River State Park. We actually were missing
our riverside digs and hammocks! The next day we went
to grab our other vehicle, and our journey came to an
So, about the paddle itself, let me start off by saying
that the first thing to do is keep tabs on the water levels
at the White Springs Station at www.mysuwanneeriver.org
as they recommend the 51-59 above sea level designation
as the best paddling conditions. Our level of water was
at 507 on the day we took off and even though
we found some very shallow spots and had to keep an eye
out to avoid them, it did not pose an overall problem
for us. The benefit that we found from running the river
at this low level was the amount of Springs we could actually
see seeping in from the river banks that would normally
have passed by unnoticed as just another small boil in
the river. The landscape of the river at this low level
was impressive as well with wide swaths of white sandy
beaches periodically showing up as well as high walls
of limestone carved out cliffs some seeming to reach up
over 40 high. Most of the areas we paddled were
absent of houses, especially for the first two days. We
probably did not see over a dozen other paddlers or boats
for the entire trip. From what I have read, going further
south the boat traffic does increase and it is best to
avoid the weekend in certain areas if you are in a canoe/kayak.
I did a very minimal amount of fishing as most of the
days were spent paddling but there were brim to be had
on small popping bugs.
This trip was the most relaxing trip (if you can call
paddling relaxing but hey I just did!) I have had in Florida
as far back as I can remember. The overall paddle was
not long at all for that many days, just a bit over 40
miles and we both shared the fact that at least another
day or two of water travel would have been welcome, so
we are planning a return trip next Spring!!!! (no pun
This man was moving logs down the river to his saw mill.
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