RFFA History & Excellence

Mark Van Patten

Mark Van Patten is the host, writer and co-producer of the nationally syndicated weekly PBS show "The Tying Bench". Mark is nationally known as a master fly tier and fly fisherman. He has a lengthy list of recognitions and awards. The Following is a partial listing:
2010 Outdoor Life 25 most influential individuals in Hunting Fishing and Conservation, 209 Water Conservationist of the year Conservation Federation of Missouri, 2008 teacher of the year Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Council, 2001 Significant Contribution Award Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Division, 1998 December Honored Life Profile Field & Stream magazine, 1996 Educator of the Year Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Council, 1992 Southern Council Award of Excellence Federation of Fly Fishers International, 1990 & 1992 Conservationist of the 

Mark Van Patten and Chuck Tryon co-founded the RFFA over 30 years ago.

Chuck Tryron

Chuck Tryon was a nationally recognized outdoor author of several fly fishing books. Chuck received numerous recognitions for his contributions to conservation efforts and the world of fly fishing. Chuck wrote: "Fly Fishing for Trout in Missouri" 4 editions, "Figuring Out FLies", "All About Flies" and "200 Smallmouth Adventures in Missouri". Some of his recognitions included: Inducted into the LEGENDS Of Southern Council Federation of Fly Fishers 2013, Mid Missouri Trout Unlimited chapter Trout Conservationist of the Year 1993, Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Council Man Of The Year 1990, Federation of Fly Fishers Arnold Gingrich Memorial Life Membership Award 1989, American Motors Conservationist Award 1974 and Missouri Jaycees Outstanding Young Man 1972