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A.F.F.S. Is a fast growing Co-Operative Advertising Organization producing content in this publication for our readers to enjoy and learn about the many dimensions of fly fishing. We will start using a great new "Flip Book" Digital Magazine delivery system here begining in February that we think you will enjoy. Please stick with us during this "Caddis Metamorphosis" as our new improved version grows some wings. 

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..

BLUEGILLS to BILLFISH is a FREE publication to the reader. Fully supported by our Advertisers. This accounts for a high circulation base which is very advantageous to our Advertisers with one of the lowest Ad cost rate sheets in the industry.  

More News From More Sources

As A.F.F.S. continues to grow through its' various programs and its' membership increases nationally and abroad it generates more interesting stories for our readers. Keeping this publication interesting and informative for you to spend time with it whether in print format or the ever growing popularity of the online editions. Its' publication schedule remains erratic yet due to a need for well written articles,and Photos from our contributors. Hint - Here is your opportunity to showcase your business, product or upcoming event the way you want to tell about it. Join us  in building this Magazine bigger and better for all of us in the Sport we all love so much.

"Sad News from Lefty Kreh, a truly great man and the best Ambassador our Sport will ever have".  Capt. Mike

To my friends,
I was 92 in January and I had a carotid artery operation. During testing, the hospital determined that my heart was only pumping 35% and I must limit my physical activities followed by a rest. The industry was extremely helpful and last season I was able to attend the shows, clinics, etc. Several weeks ago, I realized I was developing another problem, which is normal for someone nearly 93. It turns out I have congested heart failure. My pacemaker revealed there was a series of very rapid heartbeats, which could cause a stroke. Fortunately, a lot of doctor/friends are fly-fisherman and worked with me. In summary, I have to give up travel and presentations as in the past. Everyone produces a certain amount of fluid in the body and excretes the excess.  Because of the low heartbeat my body is not getting rid of all the fluids and I gained weight. My best friend Dr. Mark Lamos, put me in the hospital and with the back procedure, they twice removed a liter and a half of fluid from my chest. After five days in the hospital. I lost weight. A week or so later I starting gaining weight again so it was back in the hospital for the same treatment. They reduced most of the fluid and I returned home. I determined I was not going to continue to go back to the hospital. Mark decided to use medicine to control the excess fluid. It's been a fine-tuning situation but looks like it's starting to work. This means the schedule I lived for decades is no longer valid and I will spend most my time at home. As we get older we learn to adjust to what we can and cannot do. I have a number of interesting projects on my computer and I'm busier than a Syrian bricklayer. I'm not frustrated and I'm content. My problem is I don't have a lot of stamina and I have to work around that. If Marks medical system works, I should be busy and around for a year or two. I would like to be able to send this email to my friends but I don't really know how to do this. So I'm asking others to help me spread the word through email. Because of my lack of energy and stamina, I have trouble answering emails (there are more than 400 on the computer) and not talking much on the phone. This is not meant to be unfriendly, it's learning to adjust to my situation. In summary, I'm busy and content, but I want you to know, I am so appreciative that you have shared your lives with me.                                                                                                                                    All The Best Friends,

2017 BTT SYMPOSIUM Was a great success

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    

INTERNATIONAL FLY TYING SYMPOSIUM -Bigger & Better Several A.F.F.S. Members & Friends Featured Tiers


Opened here Nov. 11-12 in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel. The move was made necessary by the closing of the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. “While the shuttering of our longtime Somerset tying venue came as a shock, the Lancaster Marriott ballroom was perfectly-sized and offered far more amenities,” says show director Chuck Furimsky. “It was sheer luck that the room was available,” he states. The 9,000-square foot ballroom is in the stately hotel on Downtown's Penn Square, 25 So. Queen St.,  “It was the perfect size and perfect place for the 2017 symposium,” said Furimsky.

The Somerset Hall closing has also forced the annual FLY FISHING SHOW to move to the GARDEN STATE CONVENTION HALL in nearby Edison, N.J. A much larger venue, which the FLY SHOW can certainly use, as it has been "Bursting at the seams" for more exhibit space for the last few years. The new Show at Edison (Located in the Raritan Center Industrial Park) promises to be bigger and better then ever. Don't miss this one unless you are fly fishing in Florida the Tropics or Patagonia on January 26 - 28th



Florida based Coastal Coastal Guides Prductions has anounced that it is launching a new way to allow more fly fishers the opportunity to try their luck and test their skills at Bluewater fly fishing for pelagic species like Billfish, Tunas, Wahoo, Mai and many other species. Early In 2018 CGP, A.F.F.S., FLYROD.TV and other Companies will begin partnering with 8 Long Range Party Boats from Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coast ports to offer 12 hour to multi day trips to anglers that want to fish the last frontiers of fly fishing. For more info, visit the new website www.partyboatflyfishing.com 


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 expand 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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