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A.F.F.S. 'BLUEGILLS to BILLFISH' Magazine now takes over where WINGS & WATERS Magazine left off. We think the name change alone will interest more readers to pick it up and spend time between its' covers. It is still the "Official Journal of American Fly Fishing Schools" and the primary mission of this publication remains the same, to help promote our Affiliated member businesses grow. Through featuring stories about them in our Front Cover interview feature column called "Guided About" or from their own articles written by themselves. Coverage of many Events in the fly fishing world like Shows, Tournaments and Seminars. New Product articles or advertisements from the makers and marketers of fly fishing products and gear. Inexpensive Ads designed for our readers to Buy & Sell through our Classifieds, fly fishing, products and services and much, much more..

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2017 BTT SYMPOSIUM Just 3 Weeks Away...

COMING EVENTS - A letter to the Editor 10/20/17

  Dear Mike, 

In just three short weeks, BTT will hold its 6th International Science Symposium.  

A triennial event that has become the worlds largest and most significant gathering of scientists, anglers, guides and industry leaders working to conserve our flats fisheries. And thanks to your continuing interest and generous support, the 2017 edition on November 10-11 will be our biggest and best yet. The Symposium shines a bright spotlight on BTT's mission and science-based approaches to conservation. This years program features more than 35 scientific presentations and discussions. The volume of knowledge being generated today on our flats species, their habitats, and the larger fisheries they comprise is truly remarkable. Its even more so when considering the substantial gains we have made in actionable research since our inaugural gathering. In looking back over the past 20 years, it's also clear that collaboration has been a hallmark of our success. BTT is often cited as the organization that punches above its weight, something made possible by the world-class scientists who conduct vital research in partnership with BTT, often with your financial support. In doing so, these scientists greatly amplify the work we can accomplish on behalf of our fisheries.  It's not too late to participate! You will find more information about the Symposium, including how to register for the two-day event or purchase a day pass, at BTT.org/Symposium. You will also find details of our fishing panels and clinics; sessions on angling, travel, photography; film festival; and a Flats Expo featuring products and services offered by the most popular brands in fishing. And please be sure to take a look at our outstanding silent and live auction items. Online bidding has begun, and all proceeds benefit BTT's important conservation mission. We hope to see you at the Symposium! 

Jim McDuffie President    


Permit release Photo by Dr. Arron Adams

 Protecting Spawning Permit in the Special Permit Zone

This article on expanding the Special Permit Zone in the Florida Keys was written by Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT's Director of Science and Conservation.

      Beginning in 2011, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission   enacted new regulations for permit, creating a Special Permit Zone, or SPZ, in the Florida Keys. One of the new regulations in the SPZ was to close harvest during permit spawning season, which was identified as May through July. Recent data from  BTT's ongoing Permit Acoustic Tracking Project shows what many guides and  anglers have observed in recent years that Permit are arriving at spawning sites on wrecks and reefs earlier, in April, and some as early as March.

      Based on this new data and the observations of guides and anglers, we  have requested that the FWC Commission expands the spawning season harvest closure to protect Permit during April. The new spawning season closure would be April through July.  Click the link below to read the full proposed regulation change, and to let us know your thoughts.                

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