Fishing Wisdom Archives - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

Hook removal

By Bob Randall on Friday, April 19th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


No, not from the fish – from a person: Hook Removal An emergency room physician at an Ozarks hospital says he averages 2 to 3 hook removal procedures a month. He’s not the only ER doc in this 24/7 medical facility, so let’s guess a dozen or so hooks are removed each month. In the […]


“No prudent man is a fisherman.”

By Bob Randall on Monday, April 1st, 2019 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, Nature, No Comments


One of my heroes is Aldo Leopold. Many people consider him to be the founder of wildlife conservation and he was one of the early leaders of the American wilderness movement. After receiving his Master of Forestry degree from Yale, he spent most of the next 20 years in the US Forest Service in New […]


Apricot Midge by Dennis Stead

By Bob Randall on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


Apricot Midge If you were at MTFA’s meeting last Thursday, you heard the fishing report from Russ Doughty. It was not about his favorite harvester midge or his other favorite the Taneycomo Sculpin. Russ was fishing at Bennett Springs and there were two people catching a trout on every cast. When Russ asked them what […]


Winter Dry Fly Fishing Tips

By Bob Randall on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, Flies, No Comments


Winter Dry Fly Fishing Tips   by Allen Gardner The Winter Hatches including insects, sizes, colors and fly suggestions. When you can fish dry flies in winter? How you should fish dry flies during the winter months? Where you can find rising trout during winter? Time of Day For the best times of day, focus on […]


Matching the hatch at Bennett Spring

By Bob Randall on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 in Fishing Wisdom, Uncategorized, No Comments


While fishing at Bennett Spring State Park, I tested the insect population in the outflow stream below the hatchery runways.  I used an insect seine that I got from Allen Gardner’s Insect Course.  I wrap this seine over the outside rim of my fish net, hold it in the water with the rim on the […]


Catch and Release article by Jeff Rivera

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


Good article about catch and release techniques as related to fish survival. I have permission from the author, Jeff Rivera, to post it. https://agreateroutdoors.com/blogs/news/catch-and-release-fishing-best-practices-for-handling-fish Here are the bullet points: Use Barbless Hooks or Bend Down Your Barbs Don’t Drag Your Fish Onto Land or Across Rocks… Wet Your Hands and Use a Proper Net (some […]


Fishing Wisdom: Size Matters

By Bob Randall on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


The one thing that most of us agreed upon yesterday, 1/6/2018, was that size matters. Go small. Even a large fish will take a tiny insect, lots of them. I had previously believed that a size 20 fly was the smallest I could tie or attempt to attach to a tippet on a regular basis. Now […]


Cups for fly display or give-away

By Bob Randall on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


Don’t know if anyone is interested  in mini fly cups!  If you remember at the Branson Expo, John Bush was tying flies and putting them in a mini cup as a giveaway.  John told me he bought them at Wal-Mart.  I have been looking for them at all the Wal-Mart Stores ever since, even asking […]


Catch and keep ends – catch and release starts

By Bob Randall on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 in Conservation, Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


This is just a reminder about the change from catch and keep to catch and release at the state trout parks:  the catch and keep regulations at Bennett Spring, Roaring River, Montauk State Parks, and Maramec Spring Park run until October 31.  No fishing is allowed at those parks from November 1 through November 9.  Catch and […]