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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 in nets.
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.
This 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
Email: drasch27@hotmail.com

All-Day Meeting

February 23, 2019, 9AM – 3PM

Devin Olsen

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 the globe.
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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