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.

President's Message November, 2021

President's Message November, 2021

November 2021 President’s Message


What I know now

If I could  only be 12 yrs old and know what I know now about fly fishing.

My father was a very busy family practice doctor but, still took  us fishing. I remember when I was 12, he said I should 

try  fly fishing. I finally did 25 years later.

Thankfully I have lived in sunny Florida for the last 10 yrs and I can fish almost 365 days a year.

At age 75 I can only hope I can go a few more years like Joe Hunphreys(still fishing at 92) or Lefty  Kreh who was fishing in his early 90’s.

Better yet, If you saw my last message in October I talked about club member Art Drinkwater going on a trip to Maine for Salmon.

Check out Oct. fishing reports for pictures and a report from Art …he will be 96 in February!

I know to be able to do those things I have to

continue to exercise, change my diet and keep my fingers crossed. Art eats rolled oats for breakfast 6 days a week and has 2 eegs on Sunday. For lunch he has an apple and a few crackers with peanut butter. Dinner is usually chicken or fish.

He eats very little red meat. He dose drink an occasional glass of wine.

May be his living in the Keys for 50 years has something to do with it.

The best thing to do is stay active and try to make most of the activities we have planned for the rest of this year and what we have coming up in 2022. For details and updates members check the website.

Calendar update for the rest of 2021 and early 2022

Nov 1st Monthly Fly Tying 2-4pm in the Bridge Room

Nov 3rd Wednesday Morning meeting with Breakfast in the Bistro 8-9am followed by the meeting in the Bistro at 9:30am

Nov 17th – Evening presentation by Mike Winter and Michael Benrud. They will discuss their trip to the Green River Utah below Flaming Gorge. This will also be held in the Bridge Room from 7-8 PM.

Nov 12th Fishing Derby  Grand Oaks for members and their guests 

Dec 1st Wednesday Morning meeting with  Breakfast 8-9am in the Bistro,with meeting to follow at 9:30 in the Bistro

Dec 6th Monday Monthly Fly Tying   2-4pm in the Bridge Room

Dec 9th Fishing Derby Grand Oaks for members and their guests

Dec 15th Evening Presentation by Jeff Thill,MD He will talk about his 7 day trip  40 miles by horseback into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area   fishing for wild west slope cutthroat and bull trout. 

January 19th Evening Presentation Leigh West will share tips, tactics and techniques for fishing the flats.

Feb. 16th Chuck Cichra, PhD. University of Florida Fisheries Specialist in pond and lake management. Presentation  Florida’s Aquatic Invertebrates and Critters

Picture above is Art Drinkwater tying a fly on his tippet with out magnifiers!

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