ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Many trout anglers dream of pursuing their passions amid flowing spring streams in a place ringed with mountains and a long journey from the St. Louis area. But the realities of time, travel costs and formidable logistics make for a harsh awakening.
But did you know it's possible to pursue colorful rainbows and feisty browns right here in the St. Louis area, thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Urban Winter Trout Program? And during the month of November, MDC is even offering free Discover Nature—Fly Fishing classes. It's the perfect opportunity for to acquire the skills needed to get started fly fishing.
The courses will be offered for both youths and adults at the MDC August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles and are limited to 12 participants per class to ensure the highest quality instruction. During the three-hour class, participants will learn basic fly fishing concepts, get acquainted with the equipment, and acquire all the skills needed for tying knots, rigging a fly rod, and techniques for accurate and consistent casting.
Each class will consist of one hour of instruction, followed by two hours of hands-on fishing to help students fine tune their skills. Expert instruction will be provided by the Ozark Fly Fishers. The course will also provide all equipment needed, but participants are also welcome to bring their own. A Missouri Fishing License will be required for all students age 16 and up.
The schedule of classes is as follows:
Adult Classes—held at Lake #21
Youth Classes—held at Lake #1
The Discover Nature—Fly Fishing classes are free, but advanced registration is required by calling 636-441-4554. For more information, contact Malcolm Royse at Malcolm.Royse@mdc.mo.gov, 636-300-1953, ext. 4140, or online at mdc.mo.gov.