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.

April 2017 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 April 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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April 2017 Presidents Message

Welcome. I’d like to begin this month with personally thanking Bob Levin for putting on a terrific TCFF Picnic at Wooten Park in Tavares late last month. While I could not attend the event, I’ve spoken to several Board members and each one had high praise for the event. It went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time. I would also like to thank those involved in helping Bob as well. He couldn’t do it without ...

 

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May/June 2017 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 May 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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May/June 2017 Presidents Message

Welcome. Well, it didn’t take long for the weather to heat up around here. It’s May and it feels like summer is upon us already! With the heat comes the exodus of our “snowbird” members heading back from whence they came. We are seeing the effects of this exodus at our meetings with probably half the expected attendees on hand. Having said that, this is a quick reminder that the monthly morning breakfast meetings and evening presentations will be suspended during June, July and August. The regularly scheduled breakfast meetings (1st Wednesday of the month) will be replaced during these months with our leisurely “Bass n’ Breakfast” outings over at Grand Oaks Resort and will resume again at Pennbrooke Fairways on the 6th of September. The evening presentations will be suspended altogether during these months and will begin again on September 20th. I’m working on contacting a quality speaker for that date...

 

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July 2017 Presidents Message

  • 1 July 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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July 2017 Presidents Message

Welcome. Boy is it hot! If you haven’t noticed, the rainy season is upon us as well and the ponds are showing the signs of it. They are nice and full as of this writing. This of course bodes well for you that like to bank fish the lakes and ponds in and around The Villages and the Tri-County region. Bob says Summerhill and Ashland Pond is on for Tilapia in the 8” to 11” range being taken on small flies, especially the 56’er or on black or brown BH Woolly Buggers or Bob’s Trash Fly. Your best bet is a size 12 or 14 fly. Russ reports good kayak fishing as well, if you hit it at the right time, up in the Ocala forest and Hilochee WMA. The catch is you have to be on the water just before sunrise ... (click Read More)

 

September 2017 Presidents Message

Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 September 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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September 2017 Presidents Message

Welcome back! Summer is winding down and it will be nice getting this sweltering heat behind us with cooler fishing days upon us soon! It will be nice getting back into a somewhat normal Club schedule as well. After a brief summer break and with great anticipation, our breakfast meetings at Pennbrooke Fairways and evening presentations at the Wildwood Community Center will begin again this month. It will be nice seeing some you snowbirds return. We missed you! I hope that many of you were able to get in some quality fishing in various locations around the country this summer and I’m looking forward to hearing about your exploits. For those of you who have chosen to share your outings with the Club via our website, thank you.

 

We kick off the month at the Sumter County Service Center (Pinellas Plaza, off 466-A) with our monthly TCFF Fly Tying Group meeting in room 102 from 2pm-5pm. If you like to tie flies our just tell fish stories, then this is the place for you!

 

Our regularly scheduled business meetings begin again in earnest at Pennbrooke Fairways on the 6th of September. I’ll outline the remainder of the year and what’s ahead for the Club in 2018. Our evening presentations will begin again on September 20th with a presentation by Scott Henett on "Fly Fishing Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park”. This should be a good one! We’ll also have fly casting out on the lawn and fly tying ... (click Read More)

October 2017 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 October 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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October 2017 Presidents Message

Welcome. After a brief summer break we’re back at it in full swing. Please check out the Club website “blog” page for information or updates on upcoming events, trips and outings.

 

Our regularly scheduled business meetings began again at Pennbrooke Fairways on the 6th of September. Our September evening presentation was a presentation by Scott Henett on "Fly Fishing Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park”. We had an excellent turnout! This month’s presentation will be by Capt. Mark Benson on “The American Shad of the St. Johns River” and should be a good one! The presentation will be back at the Wildwood Community Center. We’ll also have fly casting out on the lawn and fly tying upstairs, both beginning at 5:30pm.

 

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November 2017 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 November 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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November 2017 Presidents Message

Welcome and thanks to all members who have chosen to be part of the Tri -County Fly Fishers Club. As the year comes to a close, I like to look back over the year and take note of some of our accomplishments. 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. Here is a recap of our very busy year.

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December 2017 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

  • 1 December 2017
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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December 2017 Presidents Message

Happy Holiday’s! Welcome and thanks to all members who have chosen to be part of the Tri -County Fly Fishers Club. Once again, it was an honor to serve as your President these past 4 years and I’m looking forward to another successful term for 2018-2019. Thanks. We are surrounded by a great Board of Directors that are all very passionate about our sport and our Club. We were able to grow our membership to 96 at years end and going into 2018, we have (as of December 6), 40 renewals. I’m confident that we will have many more members renew by the February 7th deadline. Many thanks to Jim Bellinghieri for the difficult task of keeping our membership roster up to date and accurate, ordering name tags for new members, keeping track of applications and release forms and ensuring our members are paid up fully each year. I am proud to say that today our Club is as strong as it has ever been thanks the hard work of several. As always our focus this year was not only on catching fish but also on education, conservation and community outreach.  Click "read more"

January 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

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

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season visiting with family and friends. Welcome back to our snowbird members and thanks to all members who have chosen to be part of the Tri -County Fly Fishers Club. As you know, elections were held at the December Business Meeting and I want to thank all of our Club members for re-electing me to serve as your President for another term. I also want to thank you for re-electing our Board members, officers and committee volunteers. We have a core group of guys that volunteer their time that are all very passionate about our sport and our Club and I thank them for their dedication and hard work in making this Club what it is today.

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February 2018 Presidents Message

by Larry Nazzaro

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

We are off to a great start this year. Jim reports that membership for 2018 so far has been strong with dues collected from about 72 of our current membership base along with several new members joining as well. So that is exciting! As a reminder, those who wish to renew their TCFF Club membership for 2018 be paid up by the February 7 Business Meeting. Those not current by then will be locked out of the website and membership roster. Dues for 2018 ...

 

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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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