Do you hate to cast split shot . . .
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.
Do you hate to cast split shot . . .
The end of the year is getting closer. The fall Chili Tie In will have happened by the time you get this and the Bennett Spring Winter Catch and Release Outing is just around the corner. Be sure and get your reservations in ASAP. I hope to see you there.
The Nominating Committee is still looking to fill the Treasurer and Education positions on the board. As we move into next year, the plan is to reduce the size of the board to a more manageable number, as well as reduce the number of board meetings to 4- 6 a year. So much of what is done at the board meetings could be handled by the more than capable committee chairs or done by email or phone in between meetings. When Malcolm assumed the position 4 years ago, he reduced the meeting time to 2 hours, tops. During my term, meetings have also shortened, sometimes to as little as 1 – 1 ½ hours with much of that time filled with directors reports that could have been sent by email. I mention this because if someone is hesitating serving on the board because of the time involved in meetings, I think that it will be drastically reduced as we move forward. Please volunteer to help our great club.
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.
THURSDAY, October 23rd
Greensfelder Recreation Complex
550 Weidman Rd
Ballwin, MO 63011
Our speaker this month Bob Krumm has presented clinics and slide shows throughout the nation.He has been a fly fishing guide on the Bighorn River in Montana since 1985. Previous to moving to the Big Horn he guided in western Wyoming on the Snake, Green, and New Fork Rivers.Bob has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, from Albion College, Albion, Michigan and a Masters degree in zoology with wildlife management emphasis from the University of Wyoming.He is also a writer having published four books; The New England Berry Book, The Rocky Mountain Berry Book, The Great Lakes Berry Book, and The Pacific Northwest Berry Book. He has written over forty magazine articles for various magazines including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, In Fisherman, American Angler, Fly Fisher, Fly Tyer, Fly-fishing and Tying Journal and is the outdoor columnist for the Billings Gazette.He has been a fly casting instructor for twenty years and was a casting instructor with Dave Whitlock at the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing School in Freeport Maine. He has tied commercially since 1974 having tied for Orvis, Grand Teton Lodge Company, and various sporting goods stores and has taught fly tying courses since the late 1970s. He is an active member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants For Ever.
Bob’s talk is based on his fishing log notes dating back to 1993. Bob has kept track of weather conditions, flows, and the size and species of trout caught on his guide trips as well as the flies that the fish took. If nothing else, this talk will list the most popular Bighorn flies over the past 20 plus years. The Bighorn River has distinctly different characteristics depending on the annual flows that come from Yellowtail Dam; so much so that it is almost as though there is two different rivers. In years where there is ample to excessive runoff, the trout growth rate increases, there are hatches of yellow Sallies, and Trico’s. In low water years, the growth rates decrease, fly hatches disappear, and siltation become a problem.Bob has arrived at some conclusion that might surprise the normal trout angler.
Please join us on the 23rd.
Congratulations to OFF member Mike Engle as recipient of the 2013 Stream Team Ambassador Award for Cooperative Stream Investigation (CSI). He received this award on July 26, 2014 at the annual Meramec Watershed Celebration which was held at Meramec State Park. He is certainly deserving of this distinguished recognition.
Mike has completed water quality projects on Gravois and Mattese Creeks which are located in St. Louis County. He has collected data in these watersheds pertaining to water hardness, chloride, sulfate and E. coli testing with the objective of establishing a “standard” for Total Maximum Daily Load (this describes a value that allows for the maximum amount of pollutants in a stream while still maintaining acceptable water quality standards). In the process of obtaining this data at many sampling sites, Mike has dedicated vast amounts of his time collecting water samples for lab evaluation. Mike is truly a dedicated professional.
Mike, CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU for all your efforts with our beautiful Missouri streams.
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