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.

Helpful Hints Video (TCFF Website Messaging Feature)

  • 11 June 2015
  • Author: Super Account
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Helpful Hints Video (TCFF Website Messaging Feature)

A short video about using the website's messaging feature.

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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October 21, 2015... Steve Gibson with "Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing" UPDATED WITH PICTURES OF NEW AND OLD MEMBERS AND NAMES!

Fly Fishing for Snook in the Surf

  • 21 October 2015
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October 21, 2015... Steve Gibson with "Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing" UPDATED WITH PICTURES OF NEW AND OLD MEMBERS AND NAMES!

Join us for an evening presentation with Steve Gibson of Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing, one of the most experienced anglers in southwest Florida. Gibson has been fishing for 45 years and nearly 35 of those years in Florida. His presentation will be about Fly Fishing for Snook in the Surf.

 A professional outdoor writer and photographer,...

February 17, 2016...Evening Presentation with Steve Lusen & Co. "Fly Fishing Venice, LA." ...UPDATED WITH PICS

Wildwood Community Center

  • 17 February 2016
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February 17, 2016...Evening Presentation with Steve Lusen & Co. "Fly Fishing Venice, LA." ...UPDATED WITH PICS

 Slide show presented by Mike Benrud, Mike Winter, Chris Lyndrup & Steve Lusen.They spoke about their recent trip to Loiusiana for giant redfish. Some pictures and 2 part article Michael Benrud wrote for his hometown newspaper. Also pictures taken at the meeting with names to match!

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Tavares, FL

  • 1 March 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Lake County Sheriff's Office

The Club is a supporter of the Shefiff's Office Annual Bass Tournament/Fish n' Fun Day in February

Phillipson, Ed M. Hunter "Approved" Bamboo Fly Rod

  • 9 March 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Phillipson, Ed M. Hunter "Approved" Bamboo Fly Rod

Phillipson, Ed M. Hunter "Approved", Varnished 6 strip bamboo flyrod. 8 1/2' for #4/5 line. Aluminum Down locking 'No-rock' reelseat. Very good original bag with original storage case. The factory markings - Ed M. Hunter, "Approved" - on the butt shaft above the grip, are complete and bold. The Ed M. Hunter "Approved" model was a special edition issued by Phillipson circa 1947. 

From the seller: 

"As we discussed today, I have a bamboo fly rod for sale. I purchased new when I was a teenager. It was used about ten times and then put in its case and stored.
I searched the web and found a site (customrodsmith@gmail.com) and saw the same rod at $360. I am willing to take half that ($180)."
CONTACT: DAVID AT 352/751-0995 or daveaa@embarqmail.comRead more

Boy Scouts of America Troop 302

Inverness, FL

  • 20 March 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Boy Scouts of America Troop 302

TCFF is proud to support the BSA Inverness Troop 302 in fund raising.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.

Casting for Recovery

Central Florida

  • 21 March 2018
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Casting for Recovery

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.

Eskimo 17 Kevlar Kayak with Outrigger, Batwing & Spinnaker sails - $5000

  • 27 January 2020
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Eskimo 17 Kevlar Kayak with Outrigger, Batwing & Spinnaker sails - $5000

Versatile Eskimo 17 Kevlar Kayak with Outrigger AND 24 sq.ft. reefable Batwing AND Spinnaker Sails PLUS SO much more in accessories! Separately $5,000 - but BUY "His and Hers" to become Catamaran capable PLUS get the trampoline, moveable storage rack, and car racks! The recreational possibilities are endless! Fish! Sail! Bird watching! Float rivers, lakes, and coastline! Interior storage allows you to take all the gear you need for great camping trips on the Suwannee, Peace or Ocklawaha Rivers! You can do it all in from these kayaks! You can tell how well-cared for the kayaks and equipment are by the vibrant colors of the decking and sails! Coolers on trampoline not included ☺
CONTACT: Barbara or Clair Ramsey ramsey@alaska.net