Welcome to the Tri-County Fly Fishers Website.
Tri-County Fly Fishers, Inc. is a not for profit Club whose members have a true love for fly-fishing. We welcome anyone who wants to learn how to fly fish and gain experience in the art of fly tying; and become an active member of the fly-fishing Club.
This Club is made up of about eighty members from beginners to those with 50+ years of fly-fishing and tying experi-ence. Fishing interests range from bluegills and bass to redfish and tarpon, with an occasional rainbow or brown trout from up north or out west thrown in. Today, membership is drawn from permanent and seasonal residents of those in and around the Florida counties of Lake, Sumter and Marion.

ALL TCFF EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHUR NOTICE

  • 21 March 2014
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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ALL TCFF EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHUR NOTICE

DUE TO THE CURRENT HEALTH CRISIS, THE BOARD HAS CHOSEN TO CANCEL ALL UPCOMING EVENTS THROUGH MAY. THIS INCLUDES ALL MORNING AND EVENING MEETINGS AND PRESENTATIONS AND ALL FLY TYING GATHERINGS AT GRAND OAKS RESORT. SINCE WE DO NOT MEET DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST, WE MOST LIKELY WILL NOT MEET AGAIN UNTIL THE SEPTEMBER 2ND BUSINESS MEETING. SEE YOU THEN!
GO FISHING BUT PLEASE BE SMART ABOUT IT!

 

Who We Are

  • 5 July 2016
  • Author: Super Account
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Welcome to our Tri-County Fly Fishers website. Our Club is an organization of men and women with many different backgrounds and convictions. Our connection is an intense interest in the sport of fly fishing. We have varying degrees of expertise in the sport and are eager to learn and teach as we continue to develop our skills. Many members have immense fly fishing knowledge and skills, and they are happy to share.

Our main focus of course, is fishing. Our Club organizes and conducts informal weekly outings. We target warm water fish species here in Florida, and salt-water species on the Gulf, East coast and South Florida. Many of us fish in the far reaches of the United States and the world for that matter.

Another huge aspect at the heart of our Club is the teaching and instruction of fly fishing, not only to members, but to children as well. This includes: tying flies and fly casting mostly. We started the TCFF Fly Casters and the TCFF Fly Tying groups which meet monthly and always have a great turnout. We are involved in various community outreach activities where we donate our time and resources to organizations requesting our help and expertise.

Another major focus is providing good quality speakers and presentations at our evening meetings. Our informative and educational presentations have included presentations on fly fishing Louisiana for bull redfish, kayak fishing Crystal River and fly fishing for Shad on the St. Johns River. Communication is also very important and I feel that In addition to providing “what’s happening” in the Club, our website is one of the best fly fishing Club websites on the net in providing excellent information related to our sport to our members.

Lastly, our Club social activities build comradery and it’s always a fun time when we get together. We kick off the year in January with our Winterfest social. Club members and wives enjoy a catered dinner and prize raffle and entertainment. We hold our Club picnic and bar-b-que typically in March complete with door prizes and a Club casting competition. I invite you to come check us out! Meeting locations and times can be found on our home page under “Meetings”.

New Home for Tri-County Fly Fishers Beginning February 19, 2020

Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale, FL

  • 3 March 2020
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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New Home for Tri-County Fly Fishers Beginning February 19, 2020

New Home for Tri-County Fly Fishers Beginning February 19, 2020

We have some exciting news! Grand Oaks Resort is now the Home of Tri-County Fly Fishers. Because of our unique relationship with Grand Oaks Resort, our Board of Directors and Grand Oaks Resort management have a reached an agreement to provide the Club the use of their meeting rooms and facilities for all of our business and breakfast meetings, evening meetings and presentations, our monthly fly tying sessions, and other events as identified. We believe this will be a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the Club and Grand Oaks Resort.

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April 2020 President's Message

April 2020 President's Message

April 2020 President’s Message

Back in December 2019 I did my last of 53 monthly articles called My Two Cents. I took this over for Ed Rapisardi who did over 50 articles for the club called Lessons Learned.
Now that I am president and have other duties I thought it would be best to pass this on to others. In January Art Palmer did a great article on bamboo fly rods. This month Mike Carragher sent me
his article which he calls Random Thoughts. His article really describes what our club is all about. After I read it the only thing I could think was, Mike you really hit this one out of the park.
Because of all that’s going on over the last few weeks and in the world I wanted to make sure everyone who looks at our website can read his thoughts. That is why I put it in my president’s message. Remember when you read this why we all need to be
extra cautious because we have a number of great members who are at high risk for this darn virus.

Random Thoughts by Mike Carragher

Coronavirus and Back from the Brink
Upon taking the reins as president of the Tri County Fly Fishers, Dr. Bob Heinbach asked if any
volunteers would like to take over his monthly column My Two Cents, which Ed Rapisardi and
Bob wrote over several years. I told Bob that I would be happy to contribute a column or two,
but not under the My Two Cents heading. I do not have the knowledge or technical skills to
attempt what they so easily provided. So, with Bob’s agreement, I’m going to attempt columns
under the heading of Random Thoughts. Somehow, these thoughts will be within the realm of fly
fishing but may also drag along subjects such as nautical adventures, Civil War history, U.S.
presidents, fly fishing literature and wherever else my mind may wander.
This Coronavirus scare has got me thinking, which my wife Chris sometimes says is not a good
thing for me to do. Just ask her about my recent dumpster-diving adventure if you’d like
clarification.
Four years ago, I was facing a severe health crisis. My liver had failed due to a hepatitis
infection, encephalopathy had set in, and my brain had shut down. In short, I was a mess. By the
grace of God, an unexpected donor liver transplant became available to me while I was at UF
Shands Hospital in Gainesville for a scheduled checkup. As Dr. Bob likes to say, right
place…right time. I came out of it with a healthier liver and a very compromised immune
system. I tell you this only for a little perspective and not for any sympathy. As my dad would
always tell us growing up, “Quit your crying and rub dirt on it”.
Recently, when the TCFF board was deliberating shutting down all activities for April and May,
I was not a big fan of it. I even volunteered to come to the gatherings in a bubble-boy inflated
outfit, which I don’t think was well received by the other board members. I selfishly made that
offer because of what this club means to me, and how I feel joining it was instrumental in
bringing me back, and keeping me back, from the brink.
Shortly after I came home from my transplant operation, I was having lunch with an old college
track buddy of mine who is the Oregon regional director for Wounded Warriors. We hadn’t seen
each other since college; after graduation, he went to Vietnam with the Army and I went
yachting in the Middle East with the Navy. CLICK ON MIKE'S PICTURE ABOVE TO READ MORE