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 . . .
I am packing to go down to Montauk, Stream Team # 31, WQM (Water
Quality Monitoring). There are 2 topics I would like to share with
The first is the bylaw changes. We will be sending out the proposed bylaws, to all members, July 20, 2015. At the July meeting, the proposed changes will be handed out. The discussion of the bylaws and vote is scheduled, August 27, 2015, at the members meeting. Please forward comments on the bylaw changes to Mark Harris.
The changes in the bylaws will change the board from 11 to 6 members, and these are all volunteers. There would be 4 officers - President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 2 Directors. The Directors will over see the Chairs of Education and Outings, and the Chairs of Member Services.
The last election we needed 7 people, we got 6, and Outings has no Director at this time. I believe the Board needs to be smaller, well managed, for 501-C- 3 compliance and Missouri tax laws. I have talked to members who would love to help, but do not want to go to another meeting. Chairs may, but are not required to attend any Board meetings. I know the Chair people work, because when needed they are there; case in point, the Master Certified Casters, were great at the BBQ in June. One call to the Chair, Brian Ellis, and all hands were there. There are so many more, doing wonderful things.
It is IFFF Southern Council Awards time and I would like to share our nominations.
Man of the Year – Mike Swederska
Teacher of the year – Mike Ott
Club of the Year - Ozark Fly Fishers
Fly Tier of the Year – Al Bourisaw
Junior Fly Tier of the Year – Gabe Schario, [the luckiest person in the world]
Conservation Award – Mill Creek Watershed Coalition
Tall Tale Teller Award – Joe Aimonette
The Tanycomo outing is September17 -20, 2015. I have rooms, and can get you set up.
Bennett Springs Catch and Release is November 12-15, 2015.
I will miss this month’s meeting as I will be in Alaska, for 10 days. See you on the water, waving a stick.
The July program will consist of three speakers. Patti Hummert will
tell us about Reeling and Healing. Larry Carli will be next and
explain Reel Recovery. Both are designed to help cancer survivors learn
to fly fish and assist them in dealing with cancer. Reeling and Healing
is for women and Reel Recovery is for men.
The third speaker will be Mike Swederska and he will be presenting a program about the Federation of Fly Fishers.
Hope to see you there.
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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Who is that new guy on the stream? If you have been
paying any attention at the OFF meetings and outings you have noticed a
new fly fisher in our midst, Gabe Schario. I asked him to tell me a
little about himself and fly fishing and this is what he had to say . .
“I started at the age of eight spin casting for trout at the nearest park, Maramec Spring Park. I fished dough bait and jigs for two years catching trout every so every often. I started to lose interest, that was until I picked up the classic, A River Runs Through It at the town library (Gabe lives in Perryville, Missouri). I fantasized about buying my first fly rod as soon as the movie was over. I saved up every penny until a fly rod and reel was mine and I worked whenever I had the chance. Eventually, at the age of ten, I went fishing with it for the first time. I struggled wondering why I wasn't as good as the people I saw in the movies. As time passed, I progressed and my obsession with this wonderful sport grew making me spend almost all of my money getting into it. Since then I have been tying for two years and fishing every chance I can get.”
I am sure that you have seen Gabe tying at OFF meetings. Gabe has started a fly tying business – Ozark Hooks and Hackle. Here are just some of the flies that Gabe ties; Zebra Midges, Tube Midges, Caddis Larvae, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Dry Fly Beetle, Rainy Dragonfly, Parachute Adams, Matts Bug, Lowfat Minnow in a Bluegill variation, and many others.
If you would like to see a sample of Gabe’s handiwork you can have a peak by clicking HERE. I am sure that Gabe would like to hear from you, and if you would like to have him make up a few flies, he would appreciate the business. Gabe’s new email address is: email@example.com
If you are unsure of what Twitter is all about, please click on the attached link for more info, as explained by our club member, Jake Voss. CLICK! You can tweet directly from the embeded app, if you are signed onto Twitter.com and it will take you to a sign-on page, if you are not signed on. If you don't have a Twitter handle this app will take you to a sign-up page. There is no charge!
Our Ozark Fly Fishers Twitter handle is: @ozarkflyfishers