Get an introduction to fly casting April 2 at Henges Shooting Range

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EUREKA, Mo.—Fly fishing can be a relaxing and rewarding pursuit.  But beginning fly anglers can struggle with fly casting, which is both an art and a technique.  Even experienced fly fishers who’ve learned the skill in the past can grow a little out of practice if they haven’t done it in a while.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a class that can help beginners and experienced anglers alike.

MDC’s Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is hosting an Introduction to FlyCasting program Tuesday, April 2 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  The class is free and open to ages 11 years and up.

“The program will help anglers learn, or maybe relearn, the basics of fly casting,” said MDC Assistant Outdoor Education Center Manager, Kurt Otterstein. 

The class will focus on the mechanics and techniques of fly casting. It will also cover rod and line selection considerations that relate to casting.  Afterward, participants will have the chance to practice their new skills, which is the best way to truly master the art and techniques of fly casting.

“Participants should bring a hat, eye protection, and a folding chair,” Otterstein said.  MDC will provide all equipment needed for the program.  However, participants can bring their own fly rods if they have them.

The Introduction to Fly Casting class is free, but advanced online registration is required at

The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is at 1100 Antire Road, just off I-44, exit 269 in Eureka. 

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