Membership Classes

Membership classes for 2013 - 2014.... Check back on this site for any changes to the schedule.

Education Director, Al Bourisaw is always looking for ideas for Membership Classes. Give Al a call or e-mail him with your ideas. It could be Al will work in your request.

Membership Classes – 2013-14

Membership classes for 2013-14 have been set. All classes will be held at Queeny Park (unless otherwise noted) in one of the meeting rooms. Classes will start at 7:00 PM. and typically end at 9:00 PM. For more information on any of the classes contact Al Bourisaw at 314.952.9865 or  Following is a list of the classes and dates:

September 14th – Buddy fishing from a boat at Taneycomo.

October 15th – Discussion of fly tying tools, hooks, threads, natural furs, hackles, hairs, etc.

November 12th – Classroom lecture and discussion of the Art of Nymph Fishing

November 9th – Buddy fishing at Bennett Springs during the Catch-N-Release weekend.Contact Al if interested in fishing with an experienced fly fisher on Saturday. Meet at the Nature Center Parking lot at 9:00 AM on Saturday.

November 10th – Dry fly fishing with Mike Swederska on the water at Bennett Springs. Meet at the Gauge House at 9:30 AM.

December 10th – Tying the adult mayfly – Catskill tie, Parachute tie and Comparadun tie.

January 7th – Fly fishing video – viewing and discussion.

February 11th – The Caddis Fly – Tying the larva, pupa and adult caddis.

March 12th – Getting ready for the summer. Tying the ant and the Beetle.

April TBA – Tying secret Blue Gill Patterns.

Saint Louis County Parks Classes

Introduction to Fly Tying

January 13th to February 17th             7:30-9:30        $60 per person            Queeny Park
This six-night class will teach you all you need to know to enjoy a lifetime of creating your own flies for trout, panfish and bass. The course includes all materials and supplies and use of all necessary equipment. Expert tiers from the Ozark Fly Fishers will teach the course.
 Advance registration required. Call 314-615-4386.
 25 Best Flies of Missouri

January 21st     7:30 – 9:30     $6.00   Tickets are available at the door only!            Queeny Park
The trout are everywhere. What should I use? Should I tie on a scud? What color? A Hare’s Ear? An emerger? Which one? This class will help you fill your fly box with the best possible options for fishing Missouri trout waters. The “where, when and what” of successful trout fishing with the fly will be the focus of this must see presentation.
Fly Fishing Missouri Trout Parks

February 20th  7:30 – 9:30      $6.00   Tickets are available at the door only!            Queeny Park
This two-hour program will examine the trout parks of Missouri including Meramec Springs, Montauk, Bennett Springs and Roaring River by reviewing the parts of the streams, fishing regulations, rods, reels, lines, flies, and other equipment. Riggings, presentation and casting techniques will also be covered. The program will conclude with a look at the park hatches, a review of stream insects and suggestions on restaurants and lodging.
Introduction to Fly Fishing

March 4th thru April1st  7:30-9:30 (N0 class March 18th)   $40.00 per person       Queeny Park
The Ozark Fly Fishers introduce you to fly angling in this comprehensive four-meeting class. Each night learn about another aspect of the great sport of fly fishing. This is the perfect start for budding fly anglers. Advance registration required. Call 314-615-4386.
Fly Fishing Techniques

March 6rd  7:30 – 9:30                        $6.00   Tickets are available at the door only!            Queeny Park
This seminar is designed for the fly fisher who has a working knowledge of casting, knots, and fly patterns. Topics include presentation, wading, playing and releasing fish.
Reading the Water     

 March 13th  7:30 – 9:30          $6.00   Tickets are available at the door only!            Queeny Park
It is often said that 10 percent of the anglers catch 90 percent of the fish! Smart anglers know that 90 percent of the fish are in just 10 percent of the water. This Ozark Fly Fisher’s course will help you break down the sections of a stream and identify the most likely holding places for fish.
Beginning Fly Casting

April 8th thru April 15th  7:00 – 8:00                $20.00 per person   Tilles Park
This two-part class is for beginners wishing to learn the intricacies of the basic cast. Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructors will teach you the casting techniques to get you started in fly casting. Advance registration required. Call 314-615-8371.
 Intermediate Fly Casting       
May 1st thru May 15th  7:00 – 8:30            $40.00 per person       Tilles Park
This three-part class is for those who have mastered the basic cast and is not for beginners! Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructors will teach you advanced casting techniques including the mend, wiggle and double haul casts. Advanced registration required. Call 314-615-4386.

Special Tying Classes   2013-2014

This year Ozark Fly Fishers, Inc. will offer a series of special tying classes for those hard core fly tiers (If you can tie a Crackle Back then you qualify).  During the months of October through March a guest tier will demonstrate and invite you to tie one of their favorite patterns.   Although it is not necessary to reserve a spot, please contact Al Bourisaw at 314.952.9865 or, if interested. All classes will be held in the conference room of Shurway Auto Shop starting at 7:00 PM.  All materials will be provided, but bring your tying tools.
October 22nd – Al Bourisaw will tie Dave Whitlock’s Ner Nuff Crayfish1
November 19th – Mike Swederska will tie his garbage bag fly and will supply needed tools.
December 18th –.Craig Stephens from T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc will tie the articulated steamer.2
January 14th – Looking for someone to tie deer hair flies.  If interested, contact Al.
February 4th – Joseph Aimonette will demonstrate how to make his foam bass poppers.
March 10th – Mike Ott will demonstrate Grass Hopper Pattern(s).
Changes from the original schedule:
1 - Note change in the tier and pattern.  Craig will tie on December 18th.
2 - Note the change in date.  Moved from December 17th to December 18th and the change in tier.


Stream Team Level 2 Workshops

The Missouri Stream Team program has announced the 2013 Level 2 Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Workshop Schedule. In order to be eligible to attend, you must have completed the Introductory and Level 1 workshops, submitted stream discharge data where possible, as well as water chemistry and invertebrate data for two seasons. The focus of these workshops will be Quality Assurance Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures to improve the quality of the volunteer data.

Registration MUST be completed by the deadline and can be completed on the Stream Web site Attendance will be limited to 15 people per workshop. Attendees must bring all of their chemical monitoring equipment and any invertebrate specimens they would like assistance in identifying. Questions should be directed to Stream Team 800# (800.781.1989). Registration confirmation and site map will be mailed to registrants prior to the workshop.

Location Registration Deadline Workshop Date
Sedalia: MDC Fairgrounds Building January 2nd January 12th
Kirkwood: MDC Powder Valley Nature Center January 9th January 19th
West Plains: MDC Ozark Regional Office January 16th January 26th
Springfield: MDC Southwest Regional Office January 30th February 9th
Blue Springs: MDC Burr Oak Woods Nature Center February 6th February 16th
Columbia: MDC Central Regional Office February 13th February 23rd
Please let Scott Darrough, Stream Team 31 Coordinator, know if you are accepted for attendance at one of the workshops. Scott can be reached at 636-285-4550 or