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.

Passing of a Fly Tying Legend... Mike Martinek, Jr. (1947-2019)

Stoneham, MA

  • 1 December 2014
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Passing of a Fly Tying Legend... Mike Martinek, Jr. (1947-2019)

Another extremely gifted fly tyer and legend of or sport passed away recently. Mike Martinek, Jr. a lifelong resident of Stoneham, MA, passed away on January 12, 2019, after a long illness. He was 72 years old. Many of you probably never heard of him but this guy was an awesome tyer! Being an avid fly tyer, especially one who loves tying feather wing streamers, this really is upsetting to me. I’ve followed Mike’s work for years. I never met Mike personally and hoped to run into him at a fly fishing expo one day but never-the-less.

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Passing of a Fly Tying Legend...Eric Leiser (1929- 2019)

Cape Coral, FL

  • 1 December 2014
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Passing of a Fly Tying Legend...Eric Leiser (1929- 2019)

Another one of the Legends in our sport, Eric Leiser, passed on January 21, 2019. He was 89. I tried to find a little more information on Eric but had a hard time. Many of you probably don't know this but Club member Ed Rapisardi knew him personally when he lived in upstate New York and Club member Pete Zito was in business with him back in the day. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but have several of his fly tying books. Eric authored eight books on fly tying, the use and procurement of fly tying materials, and development of specific insect artificials. Eric also served fly tyers nationwide with complete instructions on preparation and care of natural materials, photo dying, and as a source of high, standardized quality of fly tying materials.  His Complete Book of Fly Tying (1977) is in its 23rd printing and has exceeded sales of 100,000 copies.

Tribute to TCFF Member Dick Sisolak

  • 12 April 2015
  • Author: Super Account
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Tribute to TCFF Member Dick Sisolak

Richard P. Sisolak, 76, Inverness, Florida, died April 6, 2015, at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, Lecanto. He was a U. S. Army veteran. A graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2015, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Military Honors provided by VFW Post 4337. Arrangements by Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.

Tribute to Former TCFF Founding Member Oscar Feliu

reprinted from various internet sources

  • 9 November 2015
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Tribute to Former TCFF Founding Member Oscar Feliu

THERE WILL BE A "CELEBRATION OF LIFE" ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15 AT 2:OOPM AT THE SHARON IN SPANISH SPRINGS IN THE VILLAGES

This note came in from the Morse Family and they requested that we share it with you:

Dear Villages family,

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear friend, Oscar Feliu.

As many of you know, Oscar came to The Villages with our family from Brownwood and has been part of our Villages family for many, many years. Oscar personified the heart of giving back to the community, always first in line to volunteer for a fundraiser or go the extra mile to help residents and children alike grow and develop exciting new talents. A man of so many talents and interests, from music to fly fishing. Oscar is best remembered as a devoted family man, always focused on the success and happiness of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Celebration of his life will be held Sunday, November 15th – 2:00 pm, at The Sharon L Morse performing arts center.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that you please make a donation to either.

"For the love of music, Oscar Feliu scholarship", by visiting Buffalo Scholarship Foundation website.

Or by mail to:

The Buffalo Scholarship Foundation

251 Buffalo Trail

The Villages, Florida 32162.

Or the "Harold S. Schwartz Music Scholarship Program" which may be mailed to:

Opera Club of The Villages, Inc.

P.O. Box 1128

The Villages, Florida 32158.

Cards may be mailed

Bobbye Feliu

2746 Cutters Corner

The Villages FL 32162

Sincerely,

Tracy, Mark, Jennifer and families

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Former founding member and President of TCFF Oscar Feliu passed away while hunting in upstate New York on November 9, 2015 of an apparent heart attack. As I receive more details, I will pass them along.

Oscar Feliu, a native of Chile, came to the United States in 1969. Here in the states be became master fly fisher and fly tier. As a student in Michigan, he conducted aquatic studies in several of the states' rivers. His innovative fly patterns became well known throughout the Great Lakes region and were the subject of several newspaper and magazine articles. These publications include: Lansing State Journal, FFF Magazine, Trout Canada, "Fly-fishing Magazine", Scientific Anglers Quarterly, American Angler, Field & Stream, Fly-fish America and Michigan Out-Of-Doors. Oscar was an expert fly tyer and his flies have been the subject of many articles on fly fishing. Oscar has 4DVD’s on fly tying and has presented Workshops and Demonstrations for IFFF for over 36 years. He is the recipient of the 2014 Buz Buzek award.

Passing of Life Member Jim Leech

Passing of Life Member Jim Leech

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Passing of TCFF Member William (Bill) Gruner

Passing of TCFF Member William (Bill) Gruner

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the loss of club member William “Bill” Gruner.

 

Bill Gruner passed away on Wednesday April 18th, 2018.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Massachusetts. Condolences can be sent to:

Ms. Shirley Leonard

P.O. Box 515

Homasassa Springs, Fl. 34447

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

May 16th, 2020...It is with heavy heart that I let you know that long time member Robert Colescott has passed away this morning

May 16th, 2020...It is with heavy heart that I let you know that long time member Robert Colescott has passed away this morning

It is with heavy heart that I let you know that long time member Robert Colescott has passed away this morning May 16th, 2020.

Bob has been battling lung cancer for a few years and has been limited in attending our meetings. His wife Margaret did bring him to
Grand Oaks Bistro to meet with the members a few times.Over the last year there were several of our members who would go to Bob’s for an afternoon of fly tying and lots of good stories by Bob.

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of member Ron Schauster

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of member Ron Schauster

Ron’s wife Carole Brown informed us of his passing last evening. Ron was recently diagnosed with 

Lung Cancer. 

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Passing of TCFF Club Member John DiFulgentis Pictures Added!

  • 11 May 2021
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Passing of TCFF Club Member John DiFulgentis Pictures Added!

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I am posting this message of the passing of TCFF member John DiFulgentis. John was one of the kindest, gentlest and just a really nice guys that you could ever know. Obit follows in read more...

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