Past Speakers


Each month, Ozark Fly Fishers host a Guest Speaker at our Monthly Member Meeting. Information about each speaker will be kept here so that members may contact past speakers if their expertise is needed in the future.


August 2019 - Ed Heist

“Natural Selection, Artificial Selection, and the Science of Better Trout Fisheries”


Dr. Ed Heist is a fisheries biologist, conservation geneticist, and professor of zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is also an avid fly fisher. Dr. Heist will discuss the latest research on how trout adapt to both hatchery and wild environments, and how this information can be used to create better trout fisheries. Examples will be taken from trout fisheries around the world with suggestion on how to improve trout fishing in the Ozarks. This talk expands on a presentation Dr. Heist gave to the Gateway Chapter of Trout Unlimited in December.