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.

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”.

September 2020 President's Message

September 2020 President's Message

President’s Message September 2020

What’s been happening

Heat and slow fishing
Tilapia still the fish to catch in the heat. Several ponds in The Villages have tilapia. Largest are in the pond at Freedom Pointe.
Bass have been caught on live bait and alt. tack. at GOR  while doing our crude census. We are allowing you to use alternative tackle(artificial barbless lures and plastic worms) thru September.

What we are doing with pond management at GOR
On August 12th water samples were taken from the middle of all 3 ponds at a depth of about 3-4 feet.
Water pH was 7.6 and alkalinity was 60 in all three. This is ideal.
From our fish census and observation the fish count to date seems well balanced. During the 10 days after we had our bait fishing event Dan and I have been trying to get the small fish interested in our smelly mealworms, beetles, and fish pellets. We were even thinking about adding more smelly stuff to attract them. Lo and behold, the little fish finally realized we were throwing them food!
On August 30th I put in a small cup of worms and bugs and saw over 100 small fish from 3” bass and bluegills up to 6” bluegills. This shows us there are plenty of small fish for those big bass we can’t catch:(
The weed problem will be  worked on with the razor rake that GOR management is getting for us to use. We have several strong members helping us clear lanes on the big pond and the middle pond. Hopefully this will give us better access to place our flies in front of some big bass and get them to the bank without losing them in the thick weeds.
We are also planning on placing artificial fish attractors which will be marked in the ponds within our casting range. The goal is to put big bass in reach of our flies:):)

Where we are with our meetings…

September morning business meeting, monthly fly tying, and evening meeting are all canceled.

Future meetings in Oct, and Nov. remained scheduled  We will notify you asap if they are canceled.

Oct 5th Monthly Fly Tying meeting 2-4pm The Bridge Room
Oct 7th Monthly Business meeting at 9am Bridge Room
Oct. 21st 7pm Evening Presentation Capt. Rick Grassett “SW Florida Fall Fly Fishing Tactics” The Bridge Room
Oct 28th 9am-noon The Annual Ed Rapisardi Fly Casting Tournament at Grand Oaks Near the Outdoor Chapel
Oct 28th noon  TCFF Club Picnic & Raffle, Bake Bean Cook-Off, followed by Ed Rapisardi Celebration of Life Outdoor Chapel

Nov  2nd Monthly Fly Tying Meeting 2-4pm The Bridge Room
Nov  4th Monthly Business Meeting at 9am Bridge Room
Nov  18th 7pm Evening Meeting Capt. John Hand “Fly Fishing the Everglades Backcountry”  The Bridge Room

Remember to wear your mask and name tag when you come to meetings.

In the mean time we will continue our outdoor activities with the
Friday morning fishing at GOR.  You may fish there at anytime when they are open and the golf driving range is not being used.
The driving range opens around 9 am but has very little use so far.
I have been over there only once when I had to quit because of golf lessons on the range. You could probably still fish the large pond on the east side by the barn and be safe from range balls. Again the range is rarely used.
With all the rain we had over the last couple of weeks they have trouble cutting the grass around the ponds. If you are fishing I suggest you wear low cut boots or your f

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

Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale, FL

  • 31 August 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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