MDC hosts beginner fly tying clinic at Mark Twain Lake on March 3

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PERRY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free workshop on the basics of fly tying, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., March 3, at Mark Twain Lake near Perry.

MDC invites anyone age 12 and older to register for this free clinic. Participants younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class.

This workshop will focus on teaching participants the equipment needed for tying flies.  Later in the class, participants will learn how to tie three flies that can be used in warm waters of northeast Missouri, as well as cool trout streams.

“A lot of people believe that fly fishing can only be done in Missouri’s trout parks or out west,” said MDC Angler Education Assistant Chelsea Clever. “However, there are a lot of fish species in northeast Missouri that can be fun to hook into with a fly rod. Bluegill and bass are a blast! This class will teach individuals how to tie several versatile flies that can be used here or in one of our trout parks.”

Learning to tie flies offers Missourians a way to enjoy the art of fishing by preparing gear for spring fishing trips. Fishing is a great way for everyone to have fun outdoors, learn about conservation, and make lasting memories together. Discover Nature Fishing programs help Missourians gain the skills and confidence to enjoy fishing opportunities on their own.

“I encourage anyone who has an interest in tying flies to take part in the class,” said Clever. “This class is a great way to see if this longtime tradition is right for you. If it is, this is an activity that can be passed on from generation to generation. Plus, it is very satisfying to see your hard work pay off when you catch that first fish.”

MDC will provide all necessary equipment, but participants should bring reading glasses if they use them and a pen or pencil to take notes, if desired.

This clinic will take place at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center, 21629 Missouri Highway J, north of Perry.

Seating is limited for this workshop and participants must preregister at the following link: For more information, call the MDC office in Hannibal at (573) 248-2530. Learn more about Discover Nature – Fishing programs at