Welcome to the Tri-County Fly Fishers Club Website.
Tri-County Fly Fishers Club 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.

March 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 March 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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March 2018 Presidents Message

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!

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April 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 April 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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April 2018 Presidents Message

Welcome! March was a very busy month for our Club. We held 18th annual TCFF Club picnic at Wooten Park in Tavares and I’m happy to report that it was a success! Barry Palmer headed up this event and he and his crew did a fabulous job in coordinating the venue, food, activities, prizes and raffle. We probably had 63 or 65 members and spouses attend. The food was great and the weather couldn’t be better! Several members tried their hand at chipping and fly casting and we had several winners. Russ showed off his kayak and gave a short talk on kayak fishing for those interested. I personally want to thank the following people for their help in putting on this event (If I miss anyone, I apologize in advance) Barry Palmer, Felix Nieves, Russ Kucinski, Don Jackson, Mike Carragher, Bob Levin, David Moreland, Marilee Elias, Mike Winter, Steve Lusen, Doug Dombek, Chris Lyndrup and Ron Schauster.

 

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June 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 June 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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June 2018 Presidents Message

Welcome! Well, I guess you could say I'm back in the saddle again after 7 glorious weeks out in Colorado at my cabin fishing on the Pine River. By the way, here is a little fun fact that I bet you didn't know. Although the song "Back in the Saddle Again" has long been associated with Gene Autry, the original version of "Back in the Saddle Again" was written by Ray Whitley for the film Border G-Man (RKO Pictures, June 24, 1938) starring George O'Brian, Laraine Day, and Ray Whitley. Thought I'd clear that up. But I digress...

So, looks like a lot has been going on in the Club since I last reported in. Jon Cave made his annual visit to our Club to demonstrate and teach fly casting in April and Gina Russo gave her catch and release techniques presentation in May. We formed...

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Outreach Program Fly Tying Video, Plus Pictures of Casting, and Catch and Release

A Few Moments from Our Outreach Program at Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch at the Caruth Camp

  • 15 July 2018
  • Author: Robert Levin
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Outreach Program Fly Tying Video, Plus Pictures of Casting, and Catch and Release

Spend a few minutes watching our club members doing their fly tying thing with youngsters at the Caruth Camp. Hopefully, you will consider joining us for one of these sessions.  

September 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 September 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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September 2018 Presidents Message

Welcome! Ahhh, September. What could be better than football and TCFF? We’re finally back into our regularly scheduled Club meetings, events and activities through the end of the year. For those of you that have returned from your summer lairs, welcome back and I hope that you all had a great summer. For those of you not here yet, hurry up and get down here, we miss you!

 

We’re kicking off the fall with our business breakfast meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at Pennbrooke Fairways. I’ll run down what’s going on in the next few months and what we have to look forward to in 2019 at the meeting.

 

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October, 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 October 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Welcome! We’re finally back into our regularly scheduled Club meetings, events and activities through the end of the year.  Activities are heating up in the Club and hopefully cooling down with our weather.     Cooler weather is just around the corner and with that comes better fishing conditions…we hope!

 

We had a great showing at our September business breakfast meeting on the 5th at Pennbrooke Fairways... 

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TCFF October Book Review by Mike Carragher – The Trout Pool Paradox

TCFF October Book Review  by Mike Carragher – The Trout Pool Paradox

In his book The Trout Pool Paradox, The American Lives of Three Rivers (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), author George Black examines how the very rivers that make the best trout streams – fast, cold and clear – also gave birth to the American industrial revolution. His focus is on three Connecticut rivers, the Housatonic, the Shepaug and the Naugatuck, upon whose banks three hundred years of industry grew, from the early woolen mills and iron foundries to brass and rubber factories to modern hydroelectric plants. Certain stretches of these rivers still thrive as pristine trout fisheries, while other stretches are environmental and ecological sewers due to industrialization. In this book, Black sheds a light on our conflicted relationship with nature and industry by examining the lives of these rivers.

December 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 December 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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December 2018 Presidents Message

Welcome! I suspect you all are getting ready for the holidays? Some of you may be traveling to enjoy family and friends. Some of you will be staying put in the warmer weather. Whatever you do, travel safe, enjoy the family and have a great holiday season and a very Happy New Year!

There are lots going on with the Club in the next couple of months. I’ll be traveling so I will rely on Bob to keep you all updated. First off, there WILL be a breakfast meeting this month on Wednesday, December 5 at Pennbrooke Fairways. There will be NO December evening meeting however. Furthermore, due to the holiday, the January business meeting has been changed from January 2nd to January 9th. The location is still the same; Pennbrooke Fairways Golf Club. Then the January evening meeting will be the Winterfest Holiday Dinner on January 16. Tickets are $10.00 per person this year. The Board is asking that if you are planning on attending, please pay beforehand so that we can give the caterer a count so we have enough food! At the very least please register on the website and pay at the door!

There are several events coming up in the next couple of months and we could sure use some volunteers. If you are interested in helping out please let Bob Heinbach know or register on the website.

o   December 4, January 7, and February 5 the TCFF Fly Tying Group will meet in room 162 at the Sumter County Service Center on the corner of CR-466A & Powell Rd from 2-4pm. Come on out and tie some flies.

o   December 7 & 8 is the Renzetti Fly Fishing and Rod Building Fair in Titusville, FL. Anybody who is anybody (so I’m told) in the world of fly fishing in Florida will be there.

o   January 16, 2019 we will kick off the New Year with our Winterfest holiday party at Wildwood Community Center. Tickets are $10 per person.

o   February 9, 2019 is the Lake County Sheriff’s Bass Tournament at Hickory Point Recreation Complex from 11am-6pm. 

o   February 20, 2019 evening presentation is titled ‘Bridges, Dock Lights, & Grass Flats - Night Fishing the Gulf Coast’ with guide Brian Boehm.

o   February 23 and 24 we will once again participate in The Villages Outdoor Expo.

o   March 2 & 3, 2019 is the Florida Springs Fest at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala.

o   Lastly, our TCFF Club picnic will be on March 27, 2019 at Wooten Park in Tavares. See Barry Palmer if you are interested in helping.

February, 2019 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 February 2019
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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February, 2019 Presidents Message

Welcome! Did you know this Club is entering its 20th year having been established in 1999? Pretty cool! For a some history on the early day's of the Club, please see our Club Archives "A Little History on One of Our Members" and click on the article about the early days of our Club by Barry Kent. Next time you see Ed, thank him! I’m pleased to report that our new memberships and renewals for 2019 are strong and stand currently at 55. Don’t forget to renew your membership this month please…still $40.

There are several exciting events coming up in the next couple of months and we could sure use some volunteers. If you are interested in helping out please let Bob Heinbach or myself know or register on the website.

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November 2019 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 November 2019
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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November 2019 Presidents Message

Welcome and thanks to all members who have chosen to be part of the Tri -County Fly Fishers Club. I’d like to welcome back those snowbirds that are slowly trickling back in the Club meetings. It won’t be long before we have a “full house” membership at our meetings, listening to exaggerated fishing exploits once again. I suggest you all roll up your pant legs and wear boots to the next few meetings because “it” can get pretty deep at times if you know what I mean! Please get you renewal membership into to Bob Levin by the February 19 evening meeting. Thanks. Speaking of membership, I am proud to say that today our Club is as strong as it has ever been. Our focus this year was not only on catching fish but also on education, conservation and community outreach and as of last count we are up to 95 members. Wow!

Officer elections for 2020 - 2022 and Board Member appointees are currently taking place. Be sure to fill out your voting ballot at the next evening meeting and look for an email outlining the same. The officers and board members will be announced at the December breakfast meeting. Barry Palmer, heads up the nominating committee along with Russ Kucinski and Art Palmer. They have been very busy gathering candidates for this important election in accordance with the Club By-Laws. This is your Club; please get your votes in by November 20, 2019.

That’s all for now. For a detailed run down as to what’s happening visit the Club calendar page and blog for registration, additional information or updates on upcoming events, trips and outings.   

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!

Larry

 

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