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 I mentioned in my December message, 2014 was a busy year for the Club and I'm looking forward to another successful year in 2015. My goals are many and you'll hear more about them in the months to come. If you would like to get involved in any activities or have ideas on others, please bring it to my or any board member's attention. The board is very busy lining up quality speakers and programs for the coming year. Look for those on our Club calendar page in the next few weeks.
The board would like to acknowledge the contributions and tireless efforts of George Hintz who has served as our Webmaster/Photographer for a number of years. George is stepping down from this role beginning in February. We will definitely miss his expertise and board participation. George, from the Board and the Club, thank you!
With George stepping down, the Board decided this was an opportune time to redesign our Club website and we are in the process of doing that. We will kick off the January evening meeting with a website presentation outlining our new design as well as The Villages Post site.
Project Healing Waters --
As you know, it's been a struggle to get veterans to participate in the program this past year but with the support of our SE Regional Coordinator, Larry Lurie, I believe we may be finally over the hurdle. I'm happy to say that with the help of a few Club volunteers, we were able to get this program up and running once again at The Villages VA Clinic. We'll be starting up the program in January on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Room 243 at the clinic.
Evening Programs --
January 21st -- Website redesign and Villages Post kick off
February 18th -- Guest speaker Mike Hodge of the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club and author of “ On The Fly In the Bay: A Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing Tampa Bay”.
March 18th -- Chris Cox “Steelhead Fishing in British Columbia”
and fly reel auction
Club Fishing Outings and Field Trips --
Tom Green has some great day and over night trips already scheduled and is working on some fun field trips for this year. Our January excursions include:
January 13th -- Freshwater outing “Bass n' Bagels” at Bonita Pond in The Villages
January 27th -- Salt water day trip to Kings Bay, Crystal River
January 29th -- Club field trip to the Mud Hole Custom Tackle. A visit to the world's largest supplier of fishing rod building components.
Club Outreach --
The Villages Expo is on Saturday, February 28th and Sunday, March 1st from 9:00am to 3:00pm at La Hacienda Recreation Center. We need volunteers to demonstrate fly tying and fly casting. Please let me know if you are interested and I'll get you on the volunteer list.
Fly Talk --
From the desk of my good friend and Master Fly Tier Charlie Craven comes Craven's Flip Flop
, a great bonefish fly. From Charlie “It's a fun fly to tie that ends up with some personality from the little orange eyes and it works great for tailing and cruising fish as well. I typically tie it in a size two for the Bahamas but it works well in Belize and Mexico too, just tied a bit smaller.” I would venture to say it would work well on redfish and sea trout in this area as well. Give it a try! www.charliesflybox.com