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.

Who We Are

  • 5 July 2016
  • Author: Super Account
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Welcome to our Tri-County Fly Fishers website. Our Club is an organization of men and women with many different backgrounds and convictions. Our connection is an intense interest in the sport of fly fishing. We have varying degrees of expertise in the sport and are eager to learn and teach as we continue to develop our skills. Many members have immense fly fishing knowledge and skills, and they are happy to share.

Our main focus of course, is fishing. Our Club organizes and conducts informal weekly outings. We target warm water fish species here in Florida, and salt-water species on the Gulf, East coast and South Florida. Many of us fish in the far reaches of the United States and the world for that matter.

Another huge aspect at the heart of our Club is the teaching and instruction of fly fishing, not only to members, but to children as well. This includes: tying flies and fly casting mostly. We started the TCFF Fly Casters and the TCFF Fly Tying groups which meet monthly and always have a great turnout. We are involved in various community outreach activities where we donate our time and resources to organizations requesting our help and expertise.

Another major focus is providing good quality speakers and presentations at our evening meetings. Our informative and educational presentations have included presentations on fly fishing Louisiana for bull redfish, kayak fishing Crystal River and fly fishing for Shad on the St. Johns River. Communication is also very important and I feel that In addition to providing “what’s happening” in the Club, our website is one of the best fly fishing Club websites on the net in providing excellent information related to our sport to our members.

Lastly, our Club social activities build comradery and it’s always a fun time when we get together. We kick off the year in January with our Winterfest social. Club members and wives enjoy a catered dinner and prize raffle and entertainment. We hold our Club picnic and bar-b-que typically in March complete with door prizes and a Club casting competition. I invite you to come check us out! Meeting locations and times can be found on our home page under “Meetings”.

August 2020 President’s Message

August 2020 President’s Message

August 2020 President’s Message

We are in a shutdown mode for now with our meetings.
We did have our June meeting with a great presentation by Dave Rambow on introduction to fly fishing.
However we had to cancel his July and August presentations as well as our monthly fly tying due to the virus.

Our work with the Boy Scouts Merit Badge for Fly Fishing is on hold
because almost all of us are in the high risk category for the virus. We cannot be doing close work with scouts until it is safe.

We will keep our meetings in September as planned. However, if things do not improve we will cancel.  We will try to give you at least a 2 week warning. These cancelations will be posted in an email to you and posted on our blog page on the website. So, please read your emails.

We have many members who are still in the heat of central Florida who go fishing and practice social distancing.
The bass fishing may slow down in the summer but, the Tilapia fishing heats up.
You may be interested to know the largest bass caught in the summer are caught in the heat of the day between 10am & 4pm and they were caught in shady places. Fish aren’t dumb! I got that from an article on Google so it must be true.
Some members are having luck fishing the coastal waters for snook, sea trout, and sea bass. Larry just got back. Check out what he said in the July Monthly Fishing Reports.
If you are fishing and whether or not you are catching let Larry or me know so we can post it in the fishing reports on our website.

There are things we have continued working on that we think
you should know.

Pond Management Program for Grand Oaks update.
Dan Duchess has been in communication with Dr.Chuck Cichra Fisheries Biologist at University of Florida and we are working on a plan for management of the ponds to make them more productive for bass and bluegill fishing. We will be asking about 16 members to help us take a fish census with alternative tackle(yes live bait!). This will  help us manage the fish population we have in the ponds at Grand Oaks.This call for volunteers will be posted in the near future.

We are looking at putting in permanent casting targets for improving you casting distance and accuracy. These will be similar to the ones we will use in our annual casting tournament. These will probably be located near the larger pond at Grand Oaks.

Art Palmer is working on setting up classes on rod building.

When Larry restarts the monthly fly tying meetings we will add talking about fishing hot spots in Central Florida with projected maps showing locations. These locations can be ponds for bank fishing, lakes, rivers ,and the coastal areas for kayak and boat fishing.  Larry and other tiers will show how to tie the flies they use in these locations and how they fish them. This is to help our new members who want to know where they can fly fish. This will be done 2-3X’s during the year.

One last and I feel important thing. During this time of isolation it is very easy for some of us to get down and depressed. Please stay active. It is important for us who older to keep moving and active. I would like to give an example of one member who is doing just that, Bill Johnson. He has had some health problems and cannot fish. He continues to stay active tying flies at home and every Friday with social distancing he comes to Grand Oaks with some new flies for me to try(I supply him with the materials). He use to go to the gym to workout on the treadmill but, because of covid has changed that to walking exercise in the local pool with his wife. Remember at our age when you s

New Home for Tri-County Fly Fishers Beginning February 19, 2020

Grand Oaks Resort, Weirsdale, FL

  • 1 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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