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 May 3, to be followed by June 7.

Please watch this space for any changes.                              

                                      TBFFC UPCOMING EVENTS

Picnic Island Outing, 6 May. We will host another outing in May to help new members get started in fly fishing. We will wade the flats around the island and should find snook, reds or trout. It’s also good for kayaks. We will meet at the south end of the island at 0800 AM for coffee, donuts and orientation. We will fish until noon and then provide lunch and drinks. We have a good incoming tide that should work in our favor. Bring clousers or other bait fish imitations and have a bite tippet of 25 or 30 pound test.

Annual Club Banquet 7 May. We will host our banquet again this year at
Hunter’s Green Country Club in New Tampa on Sunday, 7 May, 3 pm. Tickets
are $40 for one and $75 for two. Please sign up and pay at the next meeting or
RSVP to me ( and pay at the door. We will have
appetizers at 3pm and a buffet at 04:30pm. Look forward to our silent auction
with a good selection of over 100 items you may not need but can’t resist. We
will have drawing for some free stuff. This is a club fund raiser so please Join us
for good food, fun and friends. As a special treat this year, Bruce and Patty
Anderson will provide us a slide show on their trip to Antarctica a couple of
years ago.

Fly Fishing Film Tour. No Tampa event yet, but 13 May in Clearwater at Empire Oyster?

Amazon Trip: Capt Frank Rhodes has arranged another Amazon trip starting 30 September. Cost is $3000 for a week’s fishing. We will have more info at the next meeting. Let Frank know if you are interested or email me. We are trying to get six anglers for this great trip for peacock bass.

                                         TBFFC NEWS AND NOTES

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.

Two Boys Inn, Andros Island report: Eight club members enjoyed a week in the Bahamas last month. We fished central Andros in the Fresh Creek area and had a great time. I would recommend this as an inexpensive, but very suitable lodge. Food, boats, guides and accommodations were all good. A flight to Nassau and a 15 minute charter gets you there. This is a world famous area of the Bahamas known for big fish. Robert Fischer lived up to his name and was top rod for big fish, but we all enjoyed the week. Conch salad at Boston’s Hot spot was a highlight.

Bahamas Fishing Regs: Here is how I understand the new fishing rules. First, you do need a license; $15 a day, $20 a week. You can find the application on-line, fill it out and it can then be submitted to local authorities, depending on the island, for a valid fishing license. So, I would fill out the application and have it ready when you get there as a show of good faith until they get organized. For DIY, you can fish anywhere on foot. You can also ride around in a boat, but fishing from the boat requires a guide unless you are alone. Link below has the regulation. Good luck.


                      CALENDAR OF FUTURE 2017 EVENTS IN BRIEF

•7 May: Annual Banquet – Hunters Green

•June Beginners Clinic
•June 10 Lake Calm Freshwater Outing
•Oct 7-8 Florida Sportsman Show
•TBD FFF Enclave
•Oct 21 – 28 Mexico: Costa de Cocas trip
•Oct 21 Carl Hanson Outing, Hillsborough River
•Nov Big Gun, Picnic Island
•Dec 6 Members Year End Party
•Dec 8 Play Hooky at the Hatchery
•Dec 16 Don Coleman Outing, Ft Desoto


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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