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 January 3, 2018 to be followed by February 7.

Please watch this space for any changes.                              

                                      TBFFC UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Shad Outing
High water from hurricane Irma has flooded our annual camp site on the St. Johns River. The water is finally receding but will not dry out sufficiently to permit camping on the property, so we will not be able to hold the weekend long shad outing this year at our usual location. What we are planning is having a day of Shad Fishing on Saturday January 20, 2018. We are meeting at the CS Lee Park, 4600 East SR 46, Geneva, FL > <,+Geneva,+FL&entry=gmail&source=g> > at 11:00 AM where lunch will be served. Fishing will commence after lunch on the St. Johns. > > Plan to meet after fishing at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp > <> > located adjacent to the park on the St. Johns River for refreshments and fish tales.

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.

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.


                                         TBFFC NEWS AND NOTES

Hatchery Outing Report: Thanks to Gina Russo for hosting our annual trip to the hatchery. While a cool and windy morning kept the snook and tarpon hunkered down, we did get a few fish to bite. Ted Hagaman hosted for the club and provided a great hot lunch. Gina also fed the big breeder reds and they put on a show bombing the cut fish. Next year we will try to get Gina Russo to give her presentation on the work of the hatchery. Indoor tours are now limited due to concerns of letting bacteria into the facility.

Reminder: 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.

Tampa Bay Wade Fishing Guide Updated. Go to our website ( and click on the Article tab and then click on the guide. It has tips on where and how to wade fish Tampa Bay. Email feedback to me at

                         CALENDAR OF FUTURE 2018 EVENTS IN BRIEF

  • Feb 9-10 Florida FFI Enclave
  • Annual Club Banquet March 18



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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