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 18th – 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.



Below are some selected podcasts produced by Orvis Fly Fishing Guide with Tom Rosenbauer. Please let me know if you have any trouble listening to them. Also, if you have a favorite send me the info and I will add it to the list.

Twelve Big Tips for Fishing Small Flies Published September 2, 2013 This week we’ll discuss 12 tips for fishing tiny dry flies, a topic of great interest this time of year. In the Fly Box we range from a good general Salt water outfit to clinch knots to night fishing with two flies to how much line to have out when you are waiting to make a cast to a visible fish. Based on suggestions from many podcast listeners, I’m starting a section about equipment and also a section on fly-fishing myths. We had tons of good feedback and suggestions on podcasts, and it was loud and clear that listeners don’t want a co-host but they do like interviews.


Ten or More Tips on Fishing Pressured Trout, and Tom Asks for Your Help Published July 22, 2013 This week I offer 10 (actually 12 because I thought of a couple more as I was talking) tips on fishing pressured waters—those where trout get pestered all day long with different fly patterns. The logical course of action would to avoid those places, but the problem is that these waters are typically full of large wild trout and have great hatches—and these days because of the internet there are few secret trout streams. So pack up your fly boxes, resign yourself to seeing other anglers, and pay attention to your manners and courtesy. Catching a trout on a hard-fished river is as satisfying an accomplishment as catching 20 on a wilderness stream.


Upstream or Down? Published May 28, 2013 This week we explore the topic of whether you should fish upstream or down, not only what direction you should move but also which way you present your fly. The podcast will tell you exactly which direction to fish every time you go out by using a simple formula (just kidding—did you really think it would be that easy?). In the fly box we answer questions about setting the hook (again), what length rod to use (again), adding tippets to knotless leaders (again), what to do about minnows sinking your dry flies (aha! A new one and a fun one, too), and how to improve your roll cast by using a different line. I keep answering those repeated topics because it seems they are universal questions and sometimes a different question or slant on a question may make it more clear to listeners. Have fun!


Tom's Ten Excuses for Getting Skunked and What You Can Learn From Them Published April 15, 2013 This week, based on my experience of getting skunked trout fishing, I thought I would give you 10 reasons for getting skunked. I mainly concentrate on early season fishing—but these excuses are also good any time during the season! In the Fly Box section we talk about :

  • over-lining fly rods
  • barbless hooks
  • laying fish on the grass to photograph them
  • matching leader with rod length
  • rod and blank weights
  • and some other fun stuff.

Questions this week came from as far away as Australia and the UK, and as close as Connecticut.


Even More on Leaders and Your Questions Published April 2, 2013 This week in the fly box we discuss:

  • How stocking affects wild trout
  • Sinking lines
  • Casting exercises
  • Gripping a fly rod
  • Tangles after dark
  • Tom’s 5 favorite places to fish and the top 5 on his bucket list

In the main podcast, we do an extensive discussion of leaders—leader types, materials, , and how to modify your leader at streamside. It’s a good topic for a refresher as fishing season is upon us in most places—or almost upon us!


Fishing Tailwater Trout in Winter: An Interview with Jamie Rouse Published January 9, 2013 This week I interview Jamie Rouse, two-time Orvis Endorsed Guide award winner for superior service (as rated by our customers, not by us). Jamie gives us a very full lesson on fishing for tailwater trout during the winter, particularly on his home stream, the Little Red River in Arkansas. Jamie targets huge brown trout on the fly all winter long-and usually catches them-so it's worth a listen to pick up some valuable tips. I know I learned a lot in this podcast and I'm ready to get out on the water, even if the line does freeze in my guides.


Best of Tom: Ten Tips for Targeting Large Trout Published December 9, 2012 In this week's podcast I announce the winner of the Podcast Suggestion Contest, who won a signed copy of my latest book Essential American Flies. The topic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser to most of you--targeting bigger trout. In the podcast I give you 10 suggestions for targeting the biggest trout in a pool or in a stretch of river. There were lots of great suggestions in the podcast contest, and I used a couple for the short Fly Box section at the beginning of the podcast: How to cure the fall blues after a tough fishing season, and how to pack for a business trip where you might grab a few hours fishing. Plus a terrific tip on rigging dry droppers on our podcast request line from a listener in Georgia.


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