Blog - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

Whiting 100’s or a Full Whiting Saddle for Midge Sizes?

By Dennis Stead on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 in Flies, No Comments


Look at the attach picture I took in the Plateau Fly Shop.  They have a wall of Whiting 100 packs size 14, 16, 18, and 20.  Each package sells for around $20.00 or $22.00.  They also have full saddles for midge sizes selling for $93.00. (See picture)  This full saddle for midge sizes has many […]


Fly-Tying Fundamental sheet from D. H. Thompson

By Dennis Stead on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 in Flies, No Comments


D.H. Thompson was American manufacturer of fly tying vises and tools. Herbert Thompson, a young mechanic and avid fly fisherman developed the Model A Thompson vise in the early 1900 (estimate 1909 or earlier). The original address for D. H. Thompson Manufacturing was 335 Walnut Avenue, Elgin, Illinois.  This was Thompson’s home and he keeps […]


Fiskars Curved Blades for Embroidery

By Dennis Stead on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 in Flies, No Comments


I am always trying something new and working on my current flies I purchased Fiskars Curved Blades for Embroidery scissors.  They cut great.  The Deer Hair, Body material is cut so close to the thread that the first couple of times I used for trimming, I cut my thread.  At Wal-Mart, the cost is about […]


Sparkle Yarn and others

By Dennis Stead on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 in Flies, No Comments


Sparkle Caddis Emerger – Watching Gary LaFontaine’s video on how to tie the Sparkle Caddis Emerger, Gary talked about using Sparkle yarn and then later in the Video he called it Antron yarn.    I could not find Sparkle yarn or Antron yarn at Wal-Mart, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  I had Antron Dubbing I could […]


Info needed on antique bobbin

By Bob Randall on Monday, November 20th, 2017 in Flies, No Comments


Check out the pictures attached.  Does anyone know anything about this thread Bobbin.  It has J and D stamp on it and the thread goes though a slot at the top of the Bobbin.  How made it?  When was it made? Thanks, MTFA Librarian:  Dennis Stead – dmstead@aol.com


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 […]


Club fishing outing to Roaring River SP, first day of C&R season

By Bob Randall on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 in Fishing Trip, No Comments


Great day, good fishing.  Attending:  Howard Hawkins, Harry Morgan, Matthew Peet, John Bush, Ron Ward, Dick Solomon, and myself.  There was a special appearance at lunch time of the David Cook, the Kansas City chapter president.  David is also a Branson chapter member.  He said there were about 10 MTFA-KC members down stream fishing and […]


Guided Trip on Lake Taneycomo

By Bob Randall on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 in Fishing Trip, No Comments


It was a cool, overcast, mostly still day with no water running on Lake Taneycomo on 11.6.2017.  What wind there was came mostly from the east.  You know the old saying, “the fish bite least when the wind’s in the east”.  My son, Craig Randall, and I took a guided fishing trip that day with River […]


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 […]


2018 Chili Feed coming up soon

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 in Social Events, No Comments


Next MTFA-Springfield event: annual chili feed Yes, Branson Chapter is invited, as well as, your personal guests. Saturday, October 14, noon, at the Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery pavillion below Table Rock Dam. Come early and fish. Bring side dish or dessert. Bring lawn chairs. If you’re not a club member, we’ll have applications.… Photos […]