At our March evening meeting, Maryann Krisovitch, Education Contractor for the Lake County Water Authority, provided Water Resource Jeopardy,
a fun and entertaining interactive program regarding our state water resources. I'll call the game between the “Quack-Quacks” and the “Buzzers” a draw.
The Club also participated in The Villages Expo at the La Hacienda Recreation Center at the end of March. Several hundred visitors stopped by our booth over the weekend to view our slide show and fly tying demonstrations as well as try their hand at fly casting on the lake. I want to thank all of the club members who volunteered to make the event a success.
I spoke with Tom Gadacz, International Federation of Fly Fishers, Florida Council President, and IFFF Chairman & President, Phil Greelee about the possibility of TCFF renewing our Affiliated Club membership with the IFFF once again. If our Club members approve the reinstatement, I would like to see us work towards becoming an IFFF Chartered Club member eventually. I will outline the necessary steps for us to follow at the April breakfast meeting.
The Dads for Boys International program at Lake Yale in Umatilla will take place on Saturday, April 19. We will have fly casters and fly tiers to teach these skills to the youngsters. Signup sheets will be available at the April breakfast meeting. For more information, contact Davey Ferris.
I was contacted by the Florida Sportsman chapter of Quail Forever. The group is putting on a very large fishing and shooting day for the children on April 26th at the FWC Richloam Fish Hatchery in Webster. There should be 400 to 600 children there to fish and learn about the outdoors. The event name is “No Child Left Indoors”.
I feel this is an event the Club should get involved in with fly tying and casting demonstrations for the kids. I'll have signup sheets and more information on this at the April breakfast meeting.
Our April evening meeting will feature Andrei Stroman, Pro Staff member from Kayak Charters, Cape Coral. He will speak about kayak fishing in SW Florida and also tie a couple of his killer fly patterns.
Our revised and updated TCFF brochures were ordered, printed and made available to the public at The Villages Expo.
Custom Apparel in The Villages now has our TCFF logo on file. For $12, they will embroider our logo on any shirt or hat you bring into them. Simply tell them you are with TCFF, drop off your shirt or hat and they will take it from there. The turnaround time is approximately 6 days. Their address is:
3451 Wedgewood Lane (off SR-466)
The Villages, Florida 32162
Tom has some awesome day trips lined up in April with a freshwater trip to the St. John's River in Astor, FL for trophy bass and Crystal River for more saltwater action. Future trips will include Cherokee, NC in May and the Sebastian Inlet in June. For information and dates for any of the upcoming presentations, events or Club trips, please see our website calendar page.
Project Healing Waters update…
I am excited and pleased to report that we have been given the “green light” to proceed with the PHWFF program at The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic on Hwy 42. As of this writing, I am in the process of setting up a meeting with the Administrative Officer to work out the logistics of the program. I'm hoping to have this completed by the April 2 breakfast meeting. Also, we have been given a $2500 budget for program materials (rods, reels, fly tying vices, tying materials, travel, etc.). The order was placed by PHWFF and is on its way to us. On May 17 th , there will be an Honor Veterans Outing in Bradenton, FL
in which I hope that we will be able to participate in with a couple of our veterans from our program. PHWFF needs volunteer boat owners for this event. If you are interested, please let me know. To read about last years outing, go to this website
For more information on PHWFF, please give me a call or if you are not familiar with this organization, please check out their website at www.projecthealingwaters.org
The “Brooks Blonde” fly turns 75 years old this year. Originally tied in 1939 by fishing legend Joe Brooks for striped bass in Chesapeake Bay, the Brooks Blonde has been used in nearly every saltwater and freshwater fishery and has been responsible for over two dozen world record catches. Even more importantly, this fly is the basis of some of our more important and well-known flies; the Deceiver, the Clouser, and the Surf Candy to name a few. The Blonde is actually a series of flies, but the most well-known is the “Platinum Blonde”. The beauty of this pattern is that it can be tied quickly and in any color combination to match the bait fish in our area. Tie some up and give them a try…you won't be disappointed!
Platinum Blonde Recipe:
– Mustad 34007 (saltwater) or 36890 (freshwater), sizes 2-3/0
– Danville Flat Waxed Flymaster 210 Denier
– White Bucktail
– Medium Flat Tinsel or Silver Sparkle Braid
- Medium Silver Oval Tinsel
– White Bucktail
- Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails
In the meantime...go fish! -- Larry Nazzaro