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.
Here to report my first message as
President. Thank you for your support! Our 2019 Annual Banquet was
a success, as the bad weather never really materialized. We made money.
Thanks to Steve Antonic, Jerry Kniepman, and Bill Armon for their help
making the night a success. Our next outing is the F.Y.A.O. at Montauk,
and half of the cabins are rented as I write this. This outing is a
treat, not knowing the weather, but leaves room to socialize. I have
seen good reports on the Montauk Facebook site, with several nice fish
Our All-Day Meeting is Saturday, February 23 with Devin
Olsen. Olsen started fly-fishing in Yellowstone at age 9. Within a
couple of years, it became an addiction he could not shake, and he
begged for rides to local streams until he could drive. He started
competing at age 19 and made Fly Fishing Team USA in 2006 when he was 21
years old. He has competed in 10 consecutive World Fly Fishing
Championships and will compete in his 11th this year in Tasmania. He has
earned a bronze individual medal and silver and bronze team medals from
these championships. Away from competitive fishing he holds a bachelor’s
degree in Ecology and a master’s degree in fisheries science. He worked
as a fisheries biologist for several years before starting his company
Tactical Fly Fisher. He has produced two instructional films, “Modern
Nymphing: European Inspired Techniques” and “Modern Nymphing Elevated:
Beyond the Basics.” He authored the book ‘Tactical Fly Fishing: Lessons
Learned from Competition for All Anglers.’ The meeting location is the
same as last year, Community Christian Church, 623 Meramec Station Road
in Ballwin, which was very accommodating last year.
we have adjusted the outings, adding new ones to the Spring River in
March, the White River in September, and moved the Taneycomo outing from
September to April. Ed Olander continues to do a fine job on these and
is appreciated. This is a busy time for us as we make plans for the
year. Jacob Voss has updated the website calendar for the dates of the
upcoming events. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the All-Day
Meeting next month! Dan Rasch, President, Ozark Fly Fishers
February 23, 2019, 9AM – 3PM
Community Christian Church 623
Meramec Station Road Ballwin, MO 63021
From our speaker,
Devin Olsen’s bio: “I started fly fishing at age 9. I will never
forget my first day where I caught a cutthroat on an ant in the first
meadow of the famed Slough Creek in Yellowstone on a hand me down
fiberglass 7 weight!
Though I’d been fishing with hardware
since I was a toddler, that day started an addiction to fly fishing that
I can't seem to shake. When I fished against Lance Egan and Ryan Barnes
in the former Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fishing Master’s in 2004, I
knew I had to find a way to compete in the sport I loved. It was
serendipitous that I worked with both these anglers a year later after
they had made Fly Fishing Team USA. I fished in my first regional and
made the team myself in 2006. The ensuing years have been more
educational than I could have ever imagined, and I'm as hopelessly
obsessed with fly fishing today as I've ever been. This obsession has
brought dedication, which has helped me to have competitive success
domestically and abroad.
The year 2017 marked my 9th
consecutive berth as an angler for Fly Fishing Team USA in the 37th Fips
Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Slovakia. In 2015, I was
incredibly fortunate to finish with the individual bronze medal and even
more fortunate to have been a part of the squad that won the first team
medal (a silver) for the USA at the world fly fishing championship in
Bosnia. In 2016, we followed that feat with a team bronze in Vail,
Colorado. Fly fishing competitions have exposed me to tactics and
techniques from incredible teammates and fellow fly anglers from across
Away from competitive fishing, fish have sculpted my
professional life as well. I hold a bachelor's degree in ecology and a
master's degree in fisheries science and spent 3 years working as a
fisheries biologist before taking on Tactical Fly Fisher as a full-time
business in 2017. I have a wonderful wife Julia of 12 years, a
four-year-old son Levi whose favorite fish are bull trout, and a
10-month-old daughter who shows early signs of fly fishing virtuosity.
What more could a guy ask for?” Visit
http://www.tacticalflyfisher.com for even more information.
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