December 2017 - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association - Springfield Chapter

12/29/2017, Bennett Spring just above freezing

By Bob Randall on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 in Fishing Trip, Flies, No Comments

I am happy to report that the line did not freeze to the guides and my reel never froze up.  Larry Olson and I took advantage of our last opportunity to fish in 2017.  There were more people there than we expected but we didn’t have to crowd anybody.  We each caught a few.  Most […]


By Dennis Stead on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

In Larry Wegmann’s article, Midges, he writes, “I discovered the photo of an emerging pupa with gill filaments and added this to my new flies.  I waited for the most difficult time to try the gilled midge, a clear blue sky at noon.  The pool I was fishing provided 20 trout that morning.  Jerry Jester […]

Root Beer Midge with filaments just added to our fly tying recipes

By Dennis Stead on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Check out the new fly that have been added to MTFA’s Fly Tying Recipes on this web site. We have taken the Root Beer Midge and per Larry Wegmann suggestion, added the filaments.  Larry said that this has been doing astoundingly good. Larry is planning on writing an article for the newsletter with full explanation […]

Nylon Material

By Dennis Stead on Friday, December 22nd, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

Nylon is a strong, lightweight, thin, single continuous fiber and does not absorb water.  It is a great material for fly tying but you will have to search for it in other places than your local fly shop.  Once you find it, you are going to have to take a little time and effort getting […]

Universal Rotating Fly Tying Vises

By Dennis Stead on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized, No Comments

I have just added a PDF download to our web site.  If you would like to read about this company and their rotary vised, download it.  Then maybe you can give me additional information on the Universal Vise Corporation.

Root Beer Midge just added to our web site.

By Dennis Stead on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 in Flies, No Comments

This is a very simple midge to tie; about the hardest thing is getting the tubing on.  I have medium stretch tubing, tan and shrimp color.  If you have Color Sharpie Permanent marks, your tubing can be any color, just use the Sharpie.  John Bush and Todd Fecho were catching a lot of trout on […]

Christmas Party, 2017

By Bob Randall on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 in Social Events, No Comments

We held our Christmas party last night, Friday, December 15, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Sixty two of us attended.  Several were there from the Branson chapter who have also joined or renewed memberships in our Springfield chapter for 2018.  Thirty two members renewed their 2018 memberships on top of the fifty two who already […]

Stream bed manipulation at Bennett Spring

By Bob Randall on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 in Conservation, Nature, Uncategorized, No Comments

MDC is manipulating the stream bottom to improve habitat/fishing.   There is a hole just where the main hatchery outflow stream enters the spring creek, some anglers call this the “Gut Hole”.  It’s about 15′ in diameter and probably 10′ deep.  It’s almost like looking into the spring itself.  Lots of fish holding and feeding […]