The Guru’s Basic Casting Principles . . .
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 Guru’s Basic Casting Principles . . .
“One of the best things about fishing is going back to a familiar
place. Then the woods welcome a man. It is not like being alone on a
strange river.” -Gordon Macquarrie
I have had a very busy summer and had the pleasure of seeing Ozark Fly Fishers come together and stand united. The By- Laws changes were voted down 56 to 9. I was amazed at the act of pulling together of the members to vote as a group, with one voice. I have worked with the current by-laws all my days on the board and will continue to work for the good of the club, “A Great Fishing Club”, for the rest of my term as president.
We will be filling several positions on the Ozark Fly Fishers Board, for 2016. At this time there are 3 directors positions open for nominations. Bob Zagar will be the in charge of the Nomination Committee, and will be taking the names of those who can and will serve the club. I hope that you all now understand that one of the important needs of the club is leadership. We have now read and heard all the talk about the board, now is the time to shut up and put up. The members need to step up and get involved. I know, we are all busy, but your club will need leadership into the future.
The fall is a busy time for everyone, but the Ozark Fly Fishers will attend several all day programs to support fly fishing. Please help by staffing an event or two. This is really a great chance to talk to people about fly fishing.
The Ozark Fly Fishers will be teaming up with Missouri Department of Conservation, to provide educational programs for the public, at August A Busch C.A. These programs begin in November 2015, and run through March 2016. The classes are free to the public, and all the cost of the programs will be paid by MDC.
At the September Meeting, I will be talking about my Alaska fishing trip. The whole trip was epic, and beautiful.
See you on the river, waving a stick.
The speaker for the September 24th meeting will be Malcolm Royse. He
will share his recent experiences pursuing king salmon and other fish on
a trip this summer to Alaska. Please join us as we learn about this
great fishery from on of our own members.
September 17 – 20, 2015
The annual Tanycomo Outing will be held September 17th thru 20th, at Lilleys’ Landing Resort & Marina. The only scheduled event is the BBQ at the Pavilion, noon Saturday.
Normally meals evolve after fishing, we go somewhere, and others might go elsewhere. One thing for sure is you can be fishing, when you want.
Cabin #5 – one bed left, arrival Wednesday
Cabin #6 – one bed left, arrival Wednesday
Cabin #9 – 2 bedroom cabin, arrival Thursday
Cabin #10 – 2 bedroom cabin, arrival Thursday
Cabin #11 – 2 bedroom cabin, arrival Thursday
Cabin #22 – Holds 6, room cost is divided by the # of people.
The final cost of 2 bedrooms will be $298.00, plus the Wednesday night charge. I will contact everyone with the final cost by August 21.
If you have question about the trip or the costs, contact Malcolm Royse, at:
Be sure to give me phone number.
“We are just a fishing club”, so let’s go fishing.
NOTE: Above as of 8/2/2015
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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