MDC invites public to learn how to cast a fly rod on May 21

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BRANSON, Mo. – One of the keys to being successful at fly fishing is learning how to cast.

People can learn more about how to cast with fly fishing equipment at the free Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) program: “Fishing Skills: Introduction to Fly Rod Casting” from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 21 at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center. This program is for ages 11 and up. MDC staff will have several fly rods available to use, but participants can bring their own fly rods, too. Waders will not be needed but a brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses are recommended. People can register at:

At this program, MDC Naturalist Bryon Putman will demonstrate the technique of casting a fly. Like other forms of fishing, fly casting is about more than tossing a lure out into the water. The accuracy of the cast and how an angler can make his casting work with the flow of a stream’s current will help determine whether an angler will hook fish or will leave the water with nothing to show for an afternoon of fishing but a tired arm.

The Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center is part of MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and is located at 483 Hatchery Road on the west end of Lake Taneycomo near Branson. To learn more about this program or other events at the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, call 417-334-4865, extension 0.

People can stay informed about upcoming programs at the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center and other nearby MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shepherd of the Hills or who want information about upcoming events can call 417-334-4865, ext. 0.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at