Blog - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

Cottonmouths at Crane Creek

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 in Nature, No Comments


If you have heard Larry Wegmann telling about Crane Creek, you have heard of the high population of water moccasins in the area.  Larry’s not just telling stories.  He is speaking from herpetological research conducted at MSU.  Additionally, “Shane Bush, an MDC fisheries biologist, said … Crane Creek has an unusually high population of venomous cottonmouth […]


The Feather Thief

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 in Conservation, Flies, No Comments


The Feather Thief, Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century By Kirk Wallace Johnson A book review by Bob Randall Like to tie flies? Yes, then you like feathers. This is a book about the theft of museum quality feathers by an obsessed salmon fly tier. The theft was approximately 10 years […]


MDC proposes raising costs of trout permits and daily tags

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 in Conservation, No Comments


MDC proposes raising trout permits and daily tags starting in 2020 Increases needed to help cover costs of raising, stocking more than 1.5 million fish annually. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is proposing increases to the prices of its annual trout permits and daily trout tags starting in 2020. According […]


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 […]


First Written Record of a Fly Pattern

By Bob Randall on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 in Uncategorized, No Comments


Fly of the Month Millennium Double Millennium From a Recipe approximately 1800 years old. Recipe: Hook:   Bone, stone, wood, etc., straight shank, sizes 12 – 00 Thread: Horse hair, whatever color you can get, heavy. Sinew, leather, whatever you have as long as it’s strong Body: red (crimson red) wool, can be from sheep, goat, […]


Walk Under a Trout Stream

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


The American Museum of Fly Fishing and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife aquarium and museum in Springfield, Mo., will give curious anglers the chance to walk under a carefully crafted trout stream and see  how trout move about the water column thanks to a new partnership between two entities. In addition, a large portion of […]


“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 […]