Thoughts for practice; winter is here, . . .
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.
Thoughts for practice; winter is here, . . .
As I sit down to write this month’s message, my mind is on the upcoming Bennett Outing. , I know this will be a great event. It always is. This year will be colder than most, with a forecast of low 30’s and a chance of snow. Need to go to the flyshop and upgrade my gloves to a pair of Simms with the fold over mittens. It will be a Christmas present from my wife and much appreciated. She always knows just what I need or want, somehow.
I had the opportunity to help at the MDC Adult Fly Fishing class on Tuesday, the 11th, which was a great way to prepare for the cold weather, as the temps dropped all morning long with a brisk wind, even a few flurries. There were 17 adults and 6 instructors, which sounds like a lot but it kept the instructors hopping. Learning to cast on a windy day is not ideal! It was a boost to my ego to know there were people who knew even less than I do about fly fishing and that I could actually help a few of them. Seriously, it is a lot of fun and a great way to pass along this great sport of ours. If you get a chance to help, please do with the upcoming classes.
As we move closer to the end of the year, there is still some business to conduct. We are still looking for an Outings Director. All the Outings are pretty much set for next year but we need someone to take the reins. If you can help, contact the Nominating Committee.
And finally, it is time to renew your membership. We are setting a deadline of Thursday, January 1, 2015 to mail applications if you want to be included in the directory. We would like the directory to be mailed out early to mid February, so we need your renewals. Look for the form in this newsletter or online. You should also have received an email with the application. Also, a timely renewal will save you $5.00
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.
Please join us on Thursday December 11, for our Christmas fly exchange. The fly exchange has become a great Ozark Fly Fisher’s tradition, in addition we will have a number of our best fly tiers demonstrating their favorite patterns, Steve Antonic will be back giving us pointers on knots, and last but not least enjoy appetizers with friends and fellow fly fisher’s.
For you newer members, (and I’m happy to say we have quite a few) bring a dozen fly’s wrapped in a gift box. Turn it in and receive a ticket. Ticket numbers will be called and each person bringing a box of flies will have an opportunity to choose a gift wrapped box of flies tied by someone else.
Lastly, bring one of your favorite appetizers to share and enjoy. The Club will provide the beverages.
Hope to see you for our last meeting of the year. It’s been a great year!
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