Tailing loops often become a problem for casters. . . . .
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.
Tailing loops often become a problem for casters. . . . .
Fall is finally here. Now is great time to get out and fish. OFF is entering one of its busiest times, with outings, Membership Only Classes starting, new special Tying classes, the Annual Banquet, etc.
Al Bourisaw has come up with some great classes this year. In addition to 10 Membership classes, he has added 6 special tying classes to the schedule. I am happy to say that the board has decided to make all of these classes free of charge to all members, instead of having a small charge to cover the cost of materials for the special tying classes.
Also, in an effort to increase the benefits members receive, the board has decided to give OFF members a rebate on the cost of any St. Louis County fishing classes they attend that are taught by OFF. This includes several one night classes as well as the multi night classes taught by OFF.
Check the calendar on the website for these classes and stay tuned for more details on this program. We are also looking at other ways to increase member benefits, such as providing more meals at outings.
The Board has also decided, that as the age of our members increases (almost 40% of our members are at the Senior level), it is not possible to keep the Senior rate at the current level.
For the coming year, both Senior and Individual Membership will be $25, with a $5 late fee if paid after Jan 1.
There will be no change to the Family or Corporate Membership levels. We will no longer be asking for voluntary donation to cover the cost of mailing the newsletter. Anyone who requests a printed copy will be sent it. And, we will be mailing the newsletter to every member twice a year, and possibly 4 times, in an effort to keep everyone better informed of club activities.
It looks like Bob Zagar has lined up another great program with Terry and Roxanne Wilson on flyfishing for crappie. It should be an interesting evening. See you there.
The annual awards were presented to the Southern Council on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Bob Temper (Ozark Fly Fishers) and Steve Antonic (Ozark Fly Fishers) were honored recipients of the Southern Council Gray Ghost for their past years of service to the council. It is with distinction that their service over these multitude of years was the fitting reason for this honor. They have given time, talent and inspiration to the benefit of Southern Council members and organization.
Malcolm Royse (Ozark Fly Fishers) was awarded the Tall Tale Teller Award - This is presented annually to that individual who is the best, most vocal tall-tale teller in the Southern Council. This is the second year in a row that this award went to an OFF Tall Tale Teller. Last year Mike Swerderska had the dubious honor.
Annual fly swap and fly tying event Thursday, December 12 2013
Some of the Club’s best tiers, fly exchange, knot tying. Bring a plate of your favorite hors d’oeuvres to share. BSA Instructor recruiting and equipment donation.
Board of Director Elections:
Nominations are now being sought for the two open Board of Directors positions for the coming year; Director of Communications and Director of Ways and Means. If you would like to find out more about these positions, please contact Steve An tonic at 314-401-8874.
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Those are the “three legs” of the stool of leadership that our own Scott Darrough exhibits, day in and day out, and that has earned him the well deserved AMBASSADOR AWARD.
On July 27th, 2013 the 17th Annual Meramec Watershed Celebration was held at Meramec State Park. This awesome event is hosted by the Northern Ozark Rivers Partnership and includes all things fun and educational that Missouri Stream Team represents.
Activities included validation water quality monitoring training, canoe races, tube floats, a kids program, a huge raffle, and of course a delicious barbeque lunch. The main event was the presentation of the 2012 Stream Team awards. Mark Van Patten presented the Ambassador Award for the Eastern Region of MO. This award is given to the person who best promotes, as Mark put it, all “three legs” of the stool that are the backbone of the MO Stream Team program – Education, Awareness, Stewardship, and outstanding service to Missouri rivers and streams. Mark chose our own Scott Darrough, Stream Team #31, Ozark Fly Fishers as the Ambassador for our region. OFF was also fortunate to have a second Ambassador in our ranks. Mike Engle received his award for Volunteer WQM, Stream Team #4220 Team Sadie.
This celebration is open to all members of Stream Team, I’d like to encourage more OFF members to come out next year. It’s a fun event, even if you just come to sit, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the park.