Winona, MO. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Twin Pines Conservation Education Center will host a fly-tying event Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDC Naturalist Wyatt Layman said participants will learn how to use natural items, like fibers and fur, to make these intricate works of art. Fly tying is a fascinating hobby, he said, requiring creativity.
"A wide variety of items can be used to make a fly to attract a fish," Layman said. "Some people may be surprised at what they can make and use all on their own."
Layman said fly tying appeals to anglers for many reasons.
"It's economical because most commercial ties can cost more than $2 each," he said.
When fly-fishing, anglers can catch a variety of fish such as trout, bass and sunfish.
The free program is designed for ages 16 and up and all materials are provided. Reservations are required by Jan. 20.
Twin Pines Education Center is located along U.S. Highway 60, five miles west of Winona. For further information or to make a reservation, call 573-325-1381. More information on this and other programs at Twin Pines can be found at mdc.mo.gov/TwinPines.