Welcome! February was a very busy month for our Club. Jim reports that membership for 2018 so far has been strong. Our current membership stands at 79 and I’m sure that number will increase in the next few months.
We held our first ever TCFF Fly Fishing Tournament at Grand Oaks Resort and I’m happy to report that it was a success! We had 18 members actively fishing the 3 ponds. Oddly enough, only 2 guys caught all the fish! Jim Knight was the overall winner taking home the top prize of $150. He largest fish caught was a nice 21” largemouth bass followed up by a 15 incher. His cumulative inch total was 36 inches. Jim’s fly of choice was a crazy fluorescent Cerise colored Zonker Bunny fly. In second place was Art Palmer with 2 bass landed for a total of 29.5 inches. I will add that Art had another bass that did not meet the minimum 8” requirement and another large one that broke him off! Art’s fly of choice was the Chili Pepper. After the tournament, 13 guests consisting of Club members and spouses in addition to our fisherman enjoyed a casual dinner in the Bistro. I’m confident that our tournament will continue next year and for years to come!
The Club participated in the Lake County Sheriff's Office 5th Annual Bass Tournament/Fish n' Fun Day at Hickory Point Recreation Park in Tavares. Several Club members volunteered their time to demonstrate fly tying and fly casting to the public. The Club donated $100 to the cause where proceeds from this event will go to support The Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch which the Club supports each summer.
Several Club members attended the Fly Fishers International (FFI) Florida Council Expo at The Plantation in Crystal River. We participated once again in The Villages 17th Annual Outdoor Expo at LaHacienda Recreation Center in The Villages. Again, several Club members volunteered their time to demonstrate fly tying and fly casting to the public. Thank you to those who volunteered over the weekend.
Several Club members ventured over to Jon Cave’s Performance Fly Casting School in Oviedo for either first time lessons or a refresher. Thanks to Bob for coordinating these classes and for Jon taking the time to help make us all better casters!
Lastly, we had several Bank, Kayak and Wading fishing opportunities scheduled locally by Mike and Russ throughout the month. Great participation from those members who like to get out and fish!
For detailed information and photos on any of the events mentioned above, please visit the Club blog tab. For information or updates on upcoming presentations, events, trips and outings, visit our website. As always, if you have any ideas, would like to join a committee, or have speakers or programs in mind, please bring it to my or any board member's attention.
In the meantime...go fish!