Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club

 TBFFC Calendar of Events


                                        TBFFC MEETING DATES

TBFFC meets on the first Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 9 pm. This month’s meeting is October 4, to be followed by November 1.

Please watch this space for any changes.                              

                                      TBFFC UPCOMING EVENTS

Florida Sportsman Expo: We will share a table and the casting pond with the Suncoast Fly Fishing Club again this year. Show dates are Oct 7 and 8 at the Tampa Fair Grounds. We are seeking volunteers to work a few hours on both days to sit at our table, answer questions and demonstrate fly casting. We will have a sign up sheet at our October meeting so mark your calendars. You can also get in free with us to enjoy the show as a bonus. See their website for details:

Carl Hanson Outing 21 Oct.: This is a joint morning outing on the Hillsborough River with the Suncoast club. TBFFC is host this year, which means we will suppply the lunch. Please volunteer if you are interested. Come join the fun and see if you can get your name engraved on the trophy for most fish caught, or on the framed portrait of Carl Hanson for the longest fish caught.

A sign-up sheet will be available at the October meeting.

Mexico trip 21-28 Oct: We may have an opening for this trip. Please let me or Frank Rhodes know if you are interested.

Big Gun at Picnic Island 5-Nov. Details next month

Chattooga River Outing . We will travel to S. Carolina 12 -16 Nov for our annual trout fishing trip. We stay in log cabins at the Oconee State Park. This is a wild and scenic river with good numbers of rainbow, brown and brook trout. Please let us know if you would like attend.

Avalon I Yacht trip to Cuba – 27 Jan to 3 Feb. We have an opening for this trip at the great price of $3500 plus airfare. Look at their website for details: Let me know by email if you are interested.


                                         TBFFC NEWS AND NOTES

FFI Florida Council Expo Update. The Fly Fisherman International (FFI) is exclusively dedicated to fly fishing. The FFI and the Florida Council work to promote our sport through conservation and education. Our club is an affiliate member of the Florida Council and I encourage you to consider joining the FFI. Please check out their web site at Senior membership is $25 a year. Meanwhile, the date for the next Expo is 9-10 February 18 at Plantation in Crystal River. That is a Friday/Saturday and the Expo will have exhibits, classes and numerous vendors. It makes a nice day trip or spend the night and attend the banquet. Plantation is a beautiful 50-year-old, 232 acre eco-friendly resort offering comfortable accommodations, a full service spa, and is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. Special room price for FFI attendees. We will have more info at the next meeting.

Club Flags Ready to Deploy. Patty Anderson has completed our club flag project and we have six flags ready to travel the world on your next fly fishing adventure. Take pictures showing our flag, your location and a great catch on the fly. Request a flag at any meeting to borrow for your next trip.

Fishing Recipes. I would like to put a recipe in the newsletter each month. Many club members gave me recipes in hard copy, which I have. I will add them to the newsletter, but I would like pictures to go along with the recipe. See page 12 of the September TBFFC newsletter (attached under "Newsletters") for the latest recipe.


                               CALENDAR OF FUTURE 2017 EVENTS IN BRIEF

•Oct 7-8 Florida Sportsman Show
•Oct 21–28 Mexico: Costa de Cocas trip
•Oct 21 Carl Hanson Outing, Hillsborough River
•Nov 5 Big Gun, Picnic Island

.Nov 12-16 Chattooga River Outing
•Dec 6 Members Year End Party
•Dec 8 Play Hooky at the Hatchery
•Dec 16 Don Coleman Outing, Ft Desoto

•Feb 9-10 FFF Enclave


Regular Meetings: 6:30pm on the Third Thursday of each month, except December, at Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7883 26th Ave. N., St. Pete.


Location for MCFF Club meetings: Twin Lakes Park. The entrance to Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota is located on Clark Road, just 1/2 mile east of I-75, on the south (right) side of the road. Contact website above for details and directions.

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