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January, 2015 Edition
Welcome to the Tri-County Fly Fishers Website.  This Club is made up of about seventy Members from rank beginners to those with 50+ years of fly fishing and tying experience.  Fishing interests range from bluegills and bass to redfish and tarpon, with an occasional rainbow or brown trout from up north thrown in.  Membership is drawn from permanent and seasonal residents of those in and around the Florida counties of Lake, Marion and Sumter.
President's Message
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!
Hook: TMC 811S #2-6
Thread: Flo. Shell Pink UTC 140 on #2 and 4, UTC 70 on #6
Eyes: Large Silver Bead Chain on #2 and 4, medium on #6
Antennae: Black Krystal Flash and Copper Krystal Flash
Spreader: Dubbing Ball made from Tan Craft Fur Underfur
Mouthparts: Tan Craft Fur, Guard Hair only
Eyes: 25 pound test Mason Hard Mono melted and dipped in Flo. Orange paint/epoxy mixture
Tentacles: Superfloss, Shrimp Color, Barred with Orange and Brown Sharpie marker
Legs: Superfloss, Shrimp color, Barred with Orange and Brown Sharpie marker
Body: Tan Craft Fur Underfur Spun in Dubbing Loop
Barring: Brown Sharpie Marker

In the meantime...go fish! Larry
Fly Fishing The Villages' Ponds
By Bob Heinbach
(Reprinted with permission from The Village Post,
I caught 2 nice bass both 19”s a few days ago and did post that article recently. I thought it was all due to my reading about a go to fly recommended by a famous fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh. I showed the fly as a red and white streamer pattern (see picture in previous article). While it may have had something to do with catching those two bass, I don't think that was the only reason I caught fish. Since I caught those two fish I have not changed my fly once! Yesterday, I went to another small pond to try my luck and got nothing.  Today I thought to myself, don't be a dummy and go back where you caught the fish. So, I got there early before anyone else got my special spot along the bank. Actually there are not too many spots along that pond where a fly fisherman can easily cast.  I was there about an hour and nothing. I tried casting out about 60 feet and retrieving with fast jerks to wake up the bass, nothing. Then a slow retrieve, still nothing. I wasn't even seeing small bait fish along the bank.  I thought it maybe just the time of day. Then a bait chucker named Phil arrived and showed me the “two step”.

Step one: He threw a bunch of chum out and used his long cane pole with a small hook and a chunk of meat.  For the first time all morning I was seeing a lot of bait fish at the edge of the bank.  Even a few bass about 8-10 inches came by to see what all the fuss was about.  He hooked a blue gill and then got out his bigger rod with bobber.  Step two: He hooked on the blue gill and chucked it out about 30 feet. He even had a bell hooked to the rod.  He continued to fish for blue gills with the cane pole.  About 20 minutes later he noticed his bobber was gone…fish on!  The pictures show the two step and the results being a nice 20” bass.

During the time while he was fishing for blue gills several bass about 10-12” charged the bank and caught small bait fish that were brought in with his cane pole fishing(step one).

I honestly think my success the other day was due to a bait chucker bringing in the small fish and getting the larger ones excited and active feeding. So, if you are a fly fishing person and you want to increase you success rate, find a bait chucker doing the two step and get close to him.

Real Estate and fishing have 3 things in common: location, location, location
Need Ideas For Field Trips
The TCFF is looking at providing field trips for members and is looking for ideas. For example six members went to visit TCFF Honorary Member Jim Swann at his fly fishing shop in Dade City two months ago, there is a trip to the Mud Hole Custom Tackle (rod building supplies) scheduled for this month.

In the planning stage is trip to a fish hatchery.

Pass on your ideas to Larry Nazzaro.
My wife says I'm hard of hearing.  All husbands who have been around the block a time or two, know it's called "selective hearing".  I hear what I want to hear. I can hear a trout rise. I can hear a spinner hit the water. I can hear the drumming of a grouse at half a mile, but I danged well can't hear her when she wants me to make the bed, or paint the house, etc. etc. 
I secretly had my hearing tested just to be sure.  The doc says it is great, a 7 % loss in my left ear and a 10% loss in my right.  Very typical of anyone who does a lot of hunting with a shotgun.  
But I'm not about to tell my wife that. -- Jimmy D. Moore
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Lessons Learned by Ed Rapisardi
I wonder how many new tyers know the history of tying? Well, in days of old, worms and crickets and hoppers were popular. These baits were readily available and tied to the end of a line of silk or “cat gut”

Fish were indeed caught. No need to carry a container full of these creatures to the stream or lake. Just lift a rock and a worm or insect might be found. For that matter nature provided natural “rods” as well. Seek out a proper branch from a tree, tie on the line and worm and you were properly outfitted.

The old saying of “What goes around, comes around” holds true. Even today, a similar approach is used. Trout feed on aquatic insects so we move a rock or even the gravel beneath our feet releasing such insects. Someone discovered that perhaps an imitation of these insects might catch fish and while this is an over simplification of the evolution process of creating imitations that is basically how this game of ours started. An industry was created by rod builders and fly tyers and slowly it continues to evolve.

All sorts of materials were tried and some were successful, but in the 1920's, Walter Dette bought a working fly from a man who would not teach him how to make one, took it apart step by step and learned how to do it. Kind of like reverse engineering. However Walt not only improved the sample , he discovered better materials and easier ways of tying them. But why stop there, so the many Catskill type flies of the life cycle of those insects were invented . He and his partner Harry Darby created a fly tying business whose flies caught fish and they were in demand to the point where they quit their modest jobs and spent long hours tying them and eventually taught their growing families how to tie. Walt raised chickens and cross bred them until he developed a few breeds which had the best useable feathers but instead of killing and skinning the bird, he plucked the feathers and sorted them for the flies he was tying. When the breeds were established he sold eggs to the newly formed feather merchants whose names we recognize today.

Other fellows tyers in the Catskills began cataloguing the aquatic insects in all their stages with drawings and Art Flick's “Streamside Guide” was published with common names as well as the proper Latin names. Later Ernie Schweibert published “Match The Hatch”. Great book with instructions. These books are worth having if you are devoted trout fisher. Tying began to change when some tyers decided to fly fish for other species like bass and sun fish and the moved onto saltwater fishing with a fly rod. We still call them flies, but that applied to trout fishing for the “flies” we use for these other species are not flies at all they are more lures, to be specific.

Learn more about our sport, it is quite interesting and although we learned the sport from the UK, we improved it to the point where the entire world uses our tackle and fly designs. Use the public library or the internet -- keep learning and happy fishing.

(All Lessons Learned archived here.)
The Club welcomes any questions, comments, complaints, ideas, whatever -- just contact us at
--------- Fishin' Buddy Program ---------

Based on a program set up by the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers to encourage its boat owners to go fly fishing with those who do not have access to boats, the TCFF is modifying its Fishin’ Buddy Program to be less restrictive as to when and where Members fish.

The Boat Owners signing up will be acknowledged at the Breakfast and Evening meetings and on the TCFF Website. It will be up to the Club Member wanting to fish to contact the Boat Owner, compare fishing styles, etc., and, by mutual agreement, whether or not to fish.
(As always, it is appropriate to share expenses.)

Boat Owner Daniel Booth
Days available for fishing: Varies
16' Fisher with 60 HP Mercury
Areas Fished:  Harris Chain or elsewhere with help loading/launching boat
Boat Owner Gary Christie
Days available for fishing: Monday and Friday
15' bass boat
Areas Fished:  Local Lakes
Boat Owner Bill Kirchner Days available for fishing: Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday
16.5 ft Fisher
Areas Fished:  Harris Chain of Lakes
Boat Owner Bob Strunc Days available for fishing: Tuesday and Friday
Grumman 17' bass boat w/50 HP
Areas Fished:  Lake Harris
For information or to sign-up as a Boat Owner wanting to participate
in this program, contact Frank Matousek.

--------- Fly Fishing With Tom ---------
Monthly Club Fly Fishing Trip

Club Saltwater Fishing Trip. Crystal River. 8:00. Boats and Kayaks. Launch across State Road 19 across from the City Hall. For information or to sign up, contact Tom Green.
Near Term Calendar (For long term calendar with full details, Click Here.)
(Special events are in Blue)
  • January 13th (Tuesday) -- Club Freshwater Fishing Trip. Bass n' Bagels. Bonita Pond, The Villages. 8am. For information, contact Tom Green.
  • January 21st (Wednesday) -- Wednesday Evening Meeting. Wildwood Community Center. 7:00pm. Website redesign and Villages Post kick off
  • January 27th (Tuesday) -- Club Saltwater Fishing Trip. Kings Bay, Crystal River. 8:00 am. For information, contact Tom Green.
  • January 29th (Thursday) -- Club Field Trip to Mud Hole Custom Tackle. A visit to the the world's largest supplier of custom fishing rod building components, including rod blanks, reel seats, guides, tip-tops, etc., in Oviedo. Contact Tom Green for information.
  • February 4th (Wednesday) -- Monthly Breakfast Meeting. The Pennbrooke Grill of Pennbrooke Fairways, Leesburg.
  • February 10th (Tuesday) -- Club Freshwater Fishing Trip. Bass n' Bagels. Venetian Gardens, Leesburg. 8:00 am. For information, contact Tom Green.
  • February 18th (Wednesday) --
  • Wednesday Evening Meeting. Wildwood Community Center. 7:00pm. (See Directions at bottom of page.) The 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. .
  • February 24th (Tuesday) -- Club Saltwater Fishing Trip. Kings Bay, Crystal River. For information, contact Tom Green.
  • February 28th-March 1st (Saturday, Sunday) -- The Villages Expo, La Hacienda Recreation Center.
Club Photo Album
Topics For The Fly Tyer, Pattern Recipes, And Fly Tying Classes
Fly Fishing Trip Info And Trip Reports
Salt Water And Freshwater Fly Fishing Techniques And Hints
Links to Fly Fishing Information, Organizations, Magazines, Vendors, Etc. and Club Lending Library Inventory
Classified Ads -- Fishing And Boating Related Items, For Sale And Wanted

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