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

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 […]


Fly Fishing Knots

By Bob Randall on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


If you’re new to fly fishing, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the knots that hold everything together.  I’ve had more knot failures than I can count.  I’ve had flies simply slide off the end of the tippet as the knot untied itself.  While I would like to attribute it to magical trout, I know it […]


IFFF Fly Fishing Schools 2017

By Bob Randall on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 in Fishing Wisdom, No Comments


I received this notice from the Southern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Our club is an affiliate member so even if you don’t have an individual IFFF membership, this is still open to you. Bob Randall Fly Fishing Schools for Spring 2017 2017 Fly Fishing School Come have fun and learn to […]


02/01/2017 3 Ways to Improve Your Nymphing Fly Selection

By Bob Randall on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 in Fishing Wisdom, Flies, No Comments


Since the MTFA program this month is “Tips and Tricks” for fly tying/fishing, you may find this tip interesting. Check this out: “3 Ways to Improve Your Nymphing Fly Selection”  https://thecatchandthehatch.com/three-ways-to-improve-nymphing-fly-selection/ Thanks to Allen Gardner for granting us permission to post his guides. Allen Gardner owns a fly shop in Colorado. Besides all of the […]