MTFA 72th Annual State Derby

Official Program and Derby Rules

May 19-20, 2018

Bennett Spring State Park

 Welcome to the 72th Annual MTFA Derby and meeting

Hosted by the Springfield Chapter

Registration will begin Friday May 18, 2018 at the Bennett Spring Park Store from 7 PM to the store closes. Registration will continue Saturday morning May 19, 2018 at the Bennett Spring Park Store from 5:30 AM – 8 AM

The Springfield Chapter would like to welcome all MTFA members and families to this year’s event. We hope everyone enjoys the fishing and fellowship on the stream. We hope you take time out to attend dinner at 6 PM under Picnic Shelter House “A” near the spring Saturday evening.

Have a great weekend, good luck fishing and enjoy the park

Lezley Chastain, MTFA State President

John Dozier, Springfield Chapter President


Saturday May 19, 2018

Registration ends at 8 AM

The trout derby will begin with the sound of the siren (6:30 AM)


Memorial Service

Memorial Stone starting at 11 AM


In Memory of

Joe Abrams – Springfield

Donald Ford Butler Jr. – Kansas City

Norm Collison – Springfield

Dennis Ramsey – Kansas City

Service conducted by Mike Rissell – MTFA Chaplain


Dinner and Business meeting

Dinner will begin at 6 PM at Shelter House “A” for MTFA members and guest

The annual MTFA Business meeting to follow dinner at 7 PM; All State Officers, State Board, members of committees, delegates and MTFA members are requested to attend.

Our guest speaker will be Ben Havens MDC hatchery manager at Bennett Spring SP.

2018 MTFA State Meeting Agenda

  • Highlights of the MTFA
  • Special features events and activities of each chapter
  • Guest speaker: Ben Haven, MDC Hatchery Supervisor
  • Branson Chapter, newest extension of the MTFA
  • Election of new officers 2019

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trout derby continues at the sunrise siren and will end at 12 PM (noon) sharp.

Prizes will be awarded under Shelter house A, near the spring.

We will start with the awarding of the derby prizes shortly after the close of the Derby


The raffle will start after the derby prizes have been awarded.

Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association

MTFA State Officers 2018

President                                 Lezley Chastain                      Springfield

1st Vice President                    David Cook                             Kansas City

2nd Vice President                   Greg Darlington                      St. Louis

Secretary                                 Kim Schultz                            Springfield

Treasurer                                 Victor Smedley                       Kansas City

Chaplain                                  Mike Rissell                            St. Louis

Past President                         Chris Gann                              St. Louis


MTFA Chapter Officers 2018

Kansas City        Springfield            St. Louis                     Branson

President         David Cook          John Dozier            Greg Darlington          Matthew Peet

Vice Pres.        Gary Davisson      Dennis Stead          Brandy Hood              Mike Kidd

Secretary         Carol Cook        Fred Brown            Sherri Parrish              N/A

Treasurer         Diana James         Pat Collins              Drew Roemmich         Howard Hawkins


Delegates to the Annual meeting

Marvin Allison     John Bush              Drew Roemmich         Mike Kidd

Darrell Durst        Fred Brown            Jerry Parrish                Howard Hawkins

Roger Theroux     Pat Collins             Mike Rissell


Official Derby Rules

  1. The derby is open to all legal fishermen. All state and parks rules must be followed. The derby begins on Saturday May 19, 2018 and ends Sunday May 20, 2018 at noon.
  2. Registration will be at the Bennett Spring SP Store from 7 PM (Friday) May 18, 2018 until the store closes. Registration will continue Saturday morning when the store opens at 5:30 AM and end at 8 AM. The final moment to enter the derby is 8 AM, after that no one will able to enter the derby.
  3. Tagged trout will be stocked Friday and Saturday evenings during the regular stream stockings in zone 1, 2 and 3.
  4. The derby fee will be a suggested donation of $5.00. You must have a valid daily tag to be stamped at the registration table and it must be presented when registering a tagged trout.
  5. Tagged fish should be registered at these places and times.

Saturday May 19, 2018 from 4 PM – 6 PM, Shelter House A

Sunday May 20, 2018 from 11 AM – Noon, Shelter House A

  1. A) MDC Tag must be attached to trout when registering with Derby Chairman or delegate.
  2. B) All trout registered for prizes must be caught by the person who entered derby.
  3. Prizes will be awarded Sunday, May 20, 2018 as soon as possible after 12:00 PM (Noon)

Prizes will be awarded under Shelter House A, near the spring.

  1. A) Prize order will be determined by selecting a name from a container, with all tags having the same chance to win.
  2. B) Tag winners must be present when the number is called (A designated person may choose a prize if the entrant cannot be present). If the winner or designated person is not present when the number is called, the prize will be forfeited.
  3. C) Only one prize per person will be awarded for one or more tagged trout registered by the same fisherman.
  4. D) All prizes not awarded for tagged trout will be awarded during the raffle. Raffle is for MTFA members only. Multiple prizes per person can be awarded during the raffle.
  5. In case of dispute, the decision of the Derby Chairman will be final.

We want recognize and say “Thank You” to the following retailers and friends of the MTFA for contributing to our Derby:

Jim Rogers’ School of Fly Fishing       Bennett Spring Park Store (Jim Rogers)         Bass Pro Shop

Plateau Fly Shop        Weaver’s Tackle Store      Mountain Springs Trout Park (Johnny Edgmon)

Reading’s Fly shop      Larry’s Sporting Goods


Hope you have a great weekend and hope to see you next year, Springfield Chapter