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President's Message

Bill Leslie

Bill Leslie

I will keep this short and sweet, since I was supposed to submit it before I left for the Taneycomo Outing but now just getting to it Monday night. I am happy to say that the Taney Outing was a great outing, as we fished, ate and drank our way through the weekend. I hope everyone who attended had as good of a time as I did. Friday night we had an interesting talk by Chuck Gries of Anglers and Archery Outfitters, arranged by Phil Lilly for us. Saturday, Lilly’s Landing provided a great lunch under the pavilion. I am already making plans to attend next year.

Our nominating committee is hard at work filling slots that are open on the Board. Now is the time to let them know if you are interested in helping the club.

Till next month, I hope to see you on the water.Bill Leslie

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Rocking Chair

September Taney Outing

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.

September Meeting

THURSDAY, September 25th
Queeny Park
Greensfelder Recreation Complex
550 Weidman Rd
Ballwin, MO 63011
7:00 PM

Our speaker for September, Mark Van Patten, has been a fisheries staff biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) since 1998.  During that tenure, he was the driving force behind Missouri Stream Team and has been the stream team coordinator for a number of years.

He has hosted a popular televised fly tying show, The Tying Bench for the past 13 years and 200 episodes, he has received the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Golden Globe Award “For Remarkable Efforts in Stream Team Conservation”, he received the Outdoor Life 25 Award for “One of the Most Influential People in Conservation”, and he was named Educator of the Year by the Southern Council of FFF which is awarded to an individual that has passed along the art of fly fishing to others.

Mark will update us on the latest accomplishments and activities at MDC give us an update on stream team, tell us about the anniversary float trip on the Current coming up in October and what his plans are for the future.

Mark Van Patten has been a good friend of our club for years; hope to see you on the 25th.


By Scott Darrough – OFF Stream Team Coordinator

Mike Engle

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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