MDC invites public to learn about fly fishing at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center Dec. 6, Dec. 14

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Fly fishing is a unique form of fishing that has its own set of equipment, lures and strategies.

People can learn more about this distinctive style of fishing at the free two-session program: “Fishing Skills: Trout fishing and Fly Tying” being jointly put on by the Missouri Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma (MAKO) Fly Fishers and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The first session will be 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6 at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center, located in Joplin at 201 W. Riviera Drive. At this session, MAKO anglers and MDC staff will discuss fly fishing, fly tying, and strategies for catching fish with a fly rod.

The second session of this program will be from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 14 at Roaring River State Park to practice the skills learned in the first session. All fly fishing equipment will be supplied, but participants are welcome to use their own equipment to fish. People can register for this event at:

People can learn about other events at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center by calling 417-629-3434 or by going to