Welcome to our Tri-County Fly Fishers website. I’d like to give you a quick update on our membership to date. Our 2019 membership, including our life, honorary and over 85 members, is 86 strong with lots of new faces in the Club! We have a new membership chairman and Board member, Bob Levin, who is taking over for long time chairman, Jim Bellingheiri. I’m looking forward to working with him. If you have any membership questions, please direct them to Bob and if you get a chance, please congratulate him on his new position with the Club. Thank you!
Our March evening meeting featured a great presentation given by Steve Gibson with “Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing”. His presentation was on fly fishing for exotic fish species which are prevalent here in Florida. Before the start of the presentation, Steve tied up 2 of his signature fish catching flies: Junior’s Craft Fur Minnow and the Myakka Minnow. While tying, Steve entertained us with his many fish catching stories while fishing with these flies.
Honorary Club member, Jon Cave will visit us once again in at the April 17 meeting out at Grand Oaks. We’ll get started at 3:00- 3:30pm where Jon will put on a casting clinic and a refresher to those who have taken his class. More on this as we get closer to the date. Don Jackson’s fly raffle will take place at this time as well.
In May, Dr. Chuck Cichra will speak on “Florida’s Aquatic Invertebrates and Critters”. This one will be entertaining and fun!
The weather cooperated and our annual Club picnic took place on the 3rd of April at Wooten Park in Tavares. We had approximately 65-70 Club members and spouses in attendance. A fun time was had by all with great food, games and door prizes given out to the winners. I want to thank all of our Club members in attendance and special thanks goes out to our grill masters Barry Palmer and Bob Levin for some killer ribs and burgers. I especially want to thank Barry for coordinating the event. Special thanks go to Mike Carragher, Dave Moreland, Joyce Levin, Dennis Drazkowski, Marilee Elias (fly casting competition), Steve Lusen (chipping competition), Chris Lyndrup (raffle), Ron Schauster (ticket sales), Al Goldstein, Bob Heinbach, Mike Winter, Daniel Booth, Russ Kucinski (kayak demo) and Don Jackson (fly raffle). Also, thanks to fly tiers: Russ Kucinski, Art Palmer, Mike Carragher and Barry Palmer, among others who tied flies for the event prizes.
Don’t forget about our TCFF Fly Tying group that meets out at the Sumter County Service Center each month. Always a great turnout and always a fun time! For more information on “what’s happening” in the Club, please visit the Club calendar page and blog.
In the meantime...go fish!