The most important concepts in casting . . .
A St. Louis, Missouri based fly-fishing and conservation organization affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers whose primary objectives is to improve fisheries and promote the sport of fly fishing. Ozark Fly Fishers, Inc. was a 2005 winner of the coveted McKenzie Cup presented yearly by the Federation of Fly Fishers to the outstanding club in the nation.
Ozark Fly Fishers, Inc. meet at 7:00 PM. on the fourth
Thursday of each
month at the Queeny Park Rec Center
(unless noted differently - see Calendar of OFF Events).
A 501(c)3 not-for profit corporation.
The most important concepts in casting . . .
“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive,
but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.” – John Buchan
Ozark Fly Fishers is a great fly fishing club. There is a long history of great speakers, programs, outings and educational programs. I could talk about all these activities, but this month I want to explain some things about how the magic happens.
The Officers and Directors come together in July/August and develop a budget for the next year. This year’s budget is $17,272.00. The members’ dues will make up about $8,250.00 of the budget. The remainder of the budget comes from a few smaller income areas, corporate sponsors, and gifts, but the balance of the budget comes from our annual banquet fund raiser event. The banquet, in January, has always been the major fund raiser of the Ozark Fly Fishers. However in the last few years, the revenue from the banquet has diminished greatly. Without this revenue, we cannot have great events and activities. The club has some cash reserves and we can cover our budget short falls, and still maintain a good cash reserve; this reserve has come from many good years of good management, by your past volunteer board members.
The purpose of bringing these facts out in this newsletter is to share with the members that this year’s banquet/ fundraiser will focus on raising the funds to keep the very high level of programs and speakers that we have all come to expect at every meeting. Times have been tough on all our funds, which impacts what we can give to our fishing club. I respectfully ask all members actively participate in keeping our programs strong and relevant, which means the best minds and teachers in fly fishing.
Ozark Fly Fishers will continue to be a great club, and as your elected board members, we will continue to be wise with the Club’s resources. I just want everyone to have some idea of the budget and how we pay the bills.
Just a reminder…there is an outing at Montauk in May. Come down and wave a stick in the stream.
Mike has been employed for almost 25 years with MDC. During this time he has worked at Montauk, Shepherd of the Hills and the last 13 years as hatchery manager at Bennett Spring. Mike graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo in 1990 with a bachelors in Wildlife Conservation.
Mike’s presentation will deal with MDC’s role in the Coldwater Hatchery System, as it relates to production methods and goals, future commitments and recent improvements to the hatchery at Bennett.
I know a lot of us fish Bennett Spring; this is an opportunity to gain some insight about the hatchery operations and maybe even a few bonus tips we can use on our next outing to Bennett.
Hope to see you on the 23rd.
If you missed the September Taney outing, you missed a great one. Taney is always beautiful this time of year and fishes great; this year was one of the best. Steve Antonic won the #1 Big Fish with a 22 inch brown and John Furlong won the #2 Big Fish award for something less.
If you were at Taney but did not stay to fish Sunday, you missed out on a picture perfect day. Blue skies and smooth as glass water. See the picture of the “Rocking Chair”. Of course the fish were too busy enjoying the views to bother with a silly fly.
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