Monthly Meeting

Our Club Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of all months except December at the Sarasota Garden Club.  Casting and Fly Tying begins at 6PM, the meeting begins at 7PM

Wednesday February 24, 2016

Steve Gibson   Steve Gibson

Fresh Water Fly Fishing in Florida

Steve specializes in fishing Florida ‘s freshwater lakes and streams for bass, bluegill, tilapia, speckled perch and catfish. Areas include the Everglades where exotics like oscars and Mayan cichlids, and bass, bluegill, shellcracker, speckled perch, snook and tarpon are targeted. Steve typically fishes from a kayak where he can find pristine remote locations.

Born in Ohio, Steve Gibson has been an avid fly fisher all his life. As a Florida resident for more than 25 years he has fished both salt– and fresh– water. He specializes in kayak fishing


Wednesday January 27, 2016

Capt Jamie Allen                                 Jamie Allen

“Fly fishing the winter months ( January – February) in the Mangrove Coast of southwest Florida”

As the MCFF featured speaker at our inaugural meeting at our new location, Captain Jamie Allen will be talking about successful fly fishing tactics during the winter months. He will discuss the primary target species at that time of year, water depths, time of day, flies with which he has been successful, etc. Whether you are a full-time or a snowbird member, you can expect a great presentation. About Jamie Allen Jamie is a full time, year round, Florida guide fishing from Boca Grande to Charlotte Harbor. While Tarpon is his favorite fish to chase in southwest Florida, his passion for fishing has helped him keep his catch ratio high during all seasons. Depending on the weather, season, and tide, Jamie’s target species include Snook, Redfish,Seatrout, Cobia, Pompano, Grouper, Snapper and others. Jamie’s passion for fishing began at an early age in Vermont, where he fished whenever he could. (Rumor has it, that he once brought home a live catfish, and not hav-ing an aquarium he used the bathtub). He joined the Coast Guard, earned an engineering degree and ended up in San Diego where he continued to fish. Missing the mountains he moved to Durango, CO where he be-came a fly fishing guide on the Animas River, as well as other local streams. (In 2015 the Animas River was pol-luted by the inept EPA when their experts(?) decided to investigate an upstream plugged mine opening with an earth mover). While in Durango, Jamie took a trip to the Mangrove Coast for the Silver King, and the rest is history.

August Meeting 8/25/15


As an added bonus, Jeff has offered to guide  two members of MCFF for a half-day of  fly fishing.  Selection will be by a blind August-September auction. This is a great chance to find out if kayak fishing is for you,  because  kayaks will be supplied by Jeff.   So find another member, and bid on this opportunity to go kayak fly fishing

July Meeting 7/28/15

2nd Annual Fly Tying and Swap Meet

Doors open at 6ish, meeting begins at 7PM

  • Fly Tying – If you don’t tie your own, you will be able to watch demos and learn. In-struction will be provided on MCFF owned tying equipment and materials. Its great fun and a big thrill when you catch your first snook, red fish, etc. on your fly. After that, you are likely to be hooked on tying your own.
  • Fly Sales – Members will have flies for sale, which they have tied. They are proud of them and are tried and true for Sarasota waters. Craig Smothers, the MCFF fly-tying guru, will have flies for sale that are not for sale at the local fly shops to which he wholesales, but are flies tied for nearby waters. If you want that special available fly and you don’t tie, come to the meeting or wait a year.
  • Swap Meet – Its your chance to find a bargain for fly fishing stuff. Another member is downsizing, switching, or needs to make a hole in his/her collection of previously ac-quired fly fishing stuff. To date, a Loomis rod, Redington fly reel, wading outfit in-cluding Korkers, and rod case for a 4-piece rod are likely to show up. There will be more! And many who attend will have a hole in their garage (closet) that absolutely needs to be filled; so bring more stuff that you neither want nor need. Bring a 12-weight reel in good condition and talk to Ken Babineau.
  • DOOR PRIZE – One free entry per attending member. One lucky winner of a fly rod. Need we say more??
  • Refreshments – Snacks and liquid refreshment will be available.


June Meeting 7/23/15

Please note that our meeting is on 7/23, NOT 7/30!!!  The fourth Tuesday not the fifth! If you can’t be On The Water, you can certainly get your fishing fix at The Online Fisherman. Local outdoor writer, Julie DeStefano and the popular Captain David Rieumont of The Online Fisherman will be visiting the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers Club on June 23rd! Come meet the dynamic duo while they share with the group the ins and outs about using the Internet and specifically to gain Information, Education and Entertainment for Anglers. Our Florida online magazine will deliver the goods about getting the most out of your fishing experience and how best to put these excellent resources to work for you. Julie Destefano

May Meeting 5/26/15

Les Fulcher will be the speaker this month.  He has taken a few trips to the Amazon for peacock bass, and many other species.  Les will speak about the fishing there and a local tradition called “Bobbing for Piranha’s.” Les Fulcher peacock bassLes bobbing for Piranha's

April Meeting 4/28/15

Capt Bryon Chamberlin Talks Tarpon Tactics Chamberlin Tarpon Capt. Bryon Chamberlin was introduced to the fishing world at the ripe old age of two by his father, whose military career and various tours of duty gave Bryon the opportunity to fish in many parts of the United States and in West Germany. The fishing bug struck home during Bryon’s middle and high school years while living in Fort Walton Beach in Florida’s panhandle. The school week couldn’t go by fast enough for Bryon to join his father on their next weekend fishing adventure. After high school, Bryon and his parents moved to Tampa, Florida. Bryon attended college at the University of South Florida and also received his on the water education in Tampa Bay at the same time. There were many occasions where he spent more time in nature’s classroom than in the air-conditioned classrooms at the university. But Bryon eventually graduated college with a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Natural Science/Chemistry. After college, Bryon landed a job conducting habitat restoration in Tampa Bay. After two years, and with a little helpful encouragement from his wife, he decided to follow his dream of being a professional charter captain. Captain Bryon prides himself on being a patient, hard-working and enthusiastic guide, and enjoys introducing clients to a thriving ecosystem surrounded by the sprawling skyline of a major metropolis. “Thanks Pop, for always having the time to take me fishing.” – Captain Bryon Chamberlin

March Meeting 3/24/15

Capt. Rex Gudgel will be speaking at the March meeting on “A Flyfishing Revival”. Rex Gudgel Redfish

 Attention all Members

As a courtesy to the MCFF, Jim Stuart ( no, not the actor ) will be at TLP at 6:00 PM, prior to our 3/24 meeting. He will be doing free inspections of our water craft. Jim is an Operations Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard. Along with your water craft, you must bring your PFD, whistle and paddle. A mirror is strongly recommended, however, not required at this time. ( For the small expense of a mirror, it makes sense to have one ) We will meet with Jim in the gravel parking lot next to our building.

February 2/24/15 Meeting

Capt. Pete Greenan will be speaking at the February meeting on “Cast That Catch Fish” Capt Pete Greenan Early years – Capt. Pete has been an avid fly fisher from 7 years old until this day.  Raised in the Berkshire Mts. of western Mass., he fished all local waters and traveled extensively throughout New England and the north east.  As a member of the board of directors of the Conn. Fly Fishermen’s Assoc., he met and fished with many well know anglers including John Veniard, Art Flick, Gary LaFontaine, Harry Darby and Vincent Marinaro. Pete is currently the past-president of the Florida Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. After moving to Sarasota in 1974, he began a guide service in Sarasota, the Everglades, Homosassa, and the Florida Keys.  He has traveled to fish throughout North America and the Bahamas. His skills as a fly fisher and guide brought articles in almost every national magazine, and newspapers throughout the country. Highlights – Started “Sarasota Saltwater” television show A principle founder of Sarasota FCA Founder of Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers A Master Certified Casting Instructor of Fed. Fly Fishers Past-President of the Florida Council IFFF Chairman of the Master’s test Committee – IFFF Member IFFF Guides Assoc. Member IFFF Casting Board of Governors – Exec. Committee Chairman Budget & Finance Committee- IFFF CBOG Leader in internet fishing sites with www.floridaflyfishing .com (1985) Currently operating The Gypsy Guide Service (fishing Boca Grande and the Everglades) The Sarasota and Boca Grande Fly fishing Schools Contact: or 941.232.2960

January Meeting 1/27/15

Capt. Rick Grassett will give a presentation on “Winter Fly Fishing Tactics”, which will include tides, weather, fly selection, fishing options and techniques. Capt Rick Grassett

Capt. Rick Grassett Bio

Capt. Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide and fly casting instructor based in Sarasota, FL. Specializing in fly fishing and artificial baits on light tackle, he fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters of Sarasota Bay, lower Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor in his 17’ Action Craft flats skiff. He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Orvis Outfitter of the Year for 2011, on Siesta Key in Sarasota. He is an International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) Certified Instructor and an instructor for the Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Capt. Rick is also a fly tier and designer with 3 fly patterns currently being sold by Orvis.