Blog - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

Branson Fly Fishing Expo, floor plan

By Bob Randall on Friday, June 16th, 2017 in Branson Fly Fishing Expo, Uncategorized, No Comments

Harry Morgan, the president of the Springfield Chapter, and I met Howard Hawkins at the Lions Club building yesterday to plan out the layout of space for the Branson Fly Fishihg Expo on July 28th and 29th. You should have seen us moving tables and chairs until the room looked like a tornado had hit […]

6/10/2017, James River Float Trip

By Bob Randall on Friday, June 16th, 2017 in Fishing reports, Fishing Trip, Nature, Social Events, No Comments

Text by John Bush: On Saturday, June 10th, Harry Morgan, John Dozier, and John Bush got together to float the James River from the Delaware town access down to Shelvin Rock. The water level was almost perfect, and the river had cleared up a lot from the rains. The temperature wasn’t bad most of the […]

Whip Finisher Thread Cutter

By Bob Randall on Friday, June 9th, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Just thought I would share with you the thread cutters on two whip finishers I got with some old vises I bought.  I do not know who makes them and it looks like there is an M on the cutting tip.  Russ and some other club members have told me to grind down the end […]

May 20, 2017 State Council votes to allow Branson Chapter

By Bob Randall on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in Branson, Meetings, State Council, No Comments

At the MTFA State Derby Howard Hawkins, Harry Morgan, and I submitted the documentation required for making the Branson Group of MTFA-Springfield a separate club with its own provisional charter. The MTFA-State Board of Directors voted to grant the charter and it is now MTFA-Branson. Next year, provided that everything continues to go well, the […]

New State Council President

By Bob Randall on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in Meetings, State Council, No Comments

Our own Lezley Chastain is the new President of the MTFA-State Council.  The Council presidency changes at the end of each state derby.  Lezley will preside over State Council meetings until the next fundraiser in May 2018.

June 10 upcoming Float Trip on James River

By Bob Randall on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in Fishing Trip, Social Events, No Comments

We’ll be floating/fishing from the Delaware Town Access between Nixa and Clever down to the take out at Shelvin Rock Access on Saturday, June 10. We’ll meet at Shelvin Rock to drop off our take out vehicles and then convoy up to Delaware Town to launch. Last year we did the Shelvin Rock to Hootentown […]

May 19 & 20, Derby camp out

By Bob Randall on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in Fishing Trip, Social Events, No Comments

The derby didn’t get washed out but it was almost blown away.  I arrived about 2 pm on Friday, and set up my tent. I had difficulty deciding where to put it because of the anticipation of rain. The flattest spot was also in the apparent wet spot. I finally picked a spot that would […]

2017 Spring MSU Class Summary by Ralph Eichholz

By Bob Randall on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in MSU Class, No Comments

2017 Spring MSU Class The spring class is over with, grades turned in and invoices sent to MSU for the class. In many ways this was an unusual class. We had 18 students enrolled, but one never did make it to class. I don’t recall ever giving an F before, but including the no show, […]

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 […]