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.

December, 2019 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

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

ADENDUM TO PRESIDENTS MESSAGE:

Elected Officers for 2020-2022 are as follows:

Bob Heinbach-President

Russ Kucinski- Vice-president

Joe Manjione- Secretary

Don Jackson- Treasurer

Bob will be choosing his additional Board members in January. Congratulations to all…looking forward to working with them all!

Happy Holiday’s! Welcome and thanks to all members who have chosen to be part of the Tri -County Fly Fishers Club.  It was an honor to serve as your President this past year and I’m looking forward to another successful Club year in 2020. We are surrounded by a great Board of Directors that are all very passionate about our sport and our Club and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you...

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Passing of Former TCFF Member and Past President Frank Matousek

January 1, 2020

  • 1 January 2020
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Passing of Former TCFF Member and Past President Frank Matousek

It saddens me to announce the untimely death of former, long-time TCFF member Frank Matousek, (also known as "Fly Fish Frank"), who passed away today, January 1, 2020 in Leesburg.  He was 79. There will be no service as Frank requested. If anyone has any stories regarding Frank, please post in the comments section. Thank you.

Regrets can be sent to:

Carol Matousek

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

Members Daily Fishing Reports for the Month of December 2021

Members Daily Fishing Reports for the Month of December 2021

These will be brief fishing reports from members added daily to this article for the entire month. SEND REPORTS TO  ROBERT  HEINBACH   raheinbach@gmail.com OR LARRY. NAZZARO lmnazzaro@comcast.net Remember, to open either click on the Title, the READ MORE tab, or if there is a picture to the left click on it and the article will open to more information and pictures and comment section. Click on individual pictures for even more comments. Remember we need your reports! When you send pictures please send something to explain them! ie. when, where, who, and what. Just give me something with the pictures.  Thank you.

REMEMBER: If you click on the orange FISHING REPORT tab, you also get all previous reports.

These Monthly Fishing Reports were started over 5 years ago Feb 2016! Check our archives for all of them:)

President’s Message – June, July & August, 2022

by Russ Kucinski

President’s Message – June, July & August, 2022

President’s Message – June, 2022

 

Summer is upon us and we can expect hurricane warnings and afternoon thunderstorms. Bass fishing is perhaps best done with dawn patrols. In past years, I’ve found that when lake water gets to 86 degrees or hotter that Bass fishing really slows down. When this happens, it’s best to go after fish that like it hot. Saltwater Snook come to mind, as well as freshwater Tilapia. The club is going to setup pay-to-fish outings for Barramundi at Osceola Outdoor Adventures in June and August. These fish love it hot and take surface flies, run, and jump. Lots of fun.

 

The club will remain active throughout the summer with some key functions. I intend to keep writing the weekly Newsletter and Fishing Plan but will make it much shorter and focus on fishing. Also, I usually take a break during the summer for about a month, usually towards the end of summer.

 

We will continue to hold our monthly Fly Tying sessions the first Monday or Tuesday of each month. We changed the venue to the Sumter County Library located in the Pinellas Plaza to make it more accessible to most members. You don’t have to be a tyer to enjoy the banter. These are fun two-hour events with like-minded people.

 

Have a good summer and let me know how your fishing is doing, including up north and wherever, even the south of France.

 

Russ

April 20, 2022...Jon Cave Fly Casting Instruction & Refresher

by Russ Kucinski

April 20, 2022...Jon Cave Fly Casting Instruction & Refresher

Our favorite fly casting instructor, Jon Cave, drove up from his home in Black Hammock to give fly casting instructions and a discussion about fly lines and their attachment methods to both backing and leaders. We started the event by holding a celebration of life for Ed Rapisardi, an original and beloved club member. Dr. Bob did most of the talking and Jon had a few words too. From there we retreated to a grassy area for casting instruction.  READ MORE

Bob's Bird/Dog Flies

  • 17 March 2014
  • Author: Super Account
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Bob's Bird/Dog Flies

Flies tied with a feather and dog undercoat.

Helpful Hint To Decrease Sun Glare

  • 30 April 2014
  • Author: Super Account
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Helpful Hint To Decrease Sun Glare

Suggestion on how to decrease sun glare while fishing.

How not to misplace stripping guards

  • 30 April 2014
  • Author: Super Account
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How not to misplace stripping guards

July 8, 2014...Inaugural Scallop trip to Homasassa

  • 8 July 2014
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July 8, 2014...Inaugural Scallop trip to Homasassa

The club inaugural scallop trip was a success!  Six of us went and six of us returned. No one drowned.  We even got some scallops with a lot of help from Raenee the first mate. We had enough scallops to go to a local restaurant for a great meal.

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