MDC offers free fly fishing class Sept. 9 in St. Joseph

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St. Joseph, Mo. – Flyfishing is an ancient method of coaxing fish into biting an artificial lure. Anglers fished for food, and they still do, but also for sport in modern times. Today, flyfishing is still popular because using a long flyrod to loft an artificial lure onto waters where fish live is still an effective way to catch fish. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free flyfishing class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Krug Park Lagoon, 3500 Saint Joseph Ave., in St. Joseph.

Flyfishing is often associated with cold-water trout fishing. Often small flies imitating insects are used for lures. The natural looking fly tied to a light leader line and the flyrod’s versatility in making casts enables a presentation that even finicky fish find hard to resist. Flyrods are also a fun and effective way to catch warm-water species. The bass and bluegill swimming in the many northwest Missouri farm ponds are fun quarry for anglers. Even channel catfish have been known to strike poppers and streamers.

This class will introduce participants to the basic equipment needed for flyfishing. Most important, mastering casting with flyrods and fly lines is a challenge. Instructors will demonstrate casting techniques and help participants sharpen their skills casting flies in Krug Park Lagoon.

The class is open to all ages. COVID-19 precautions will be observed. Registration is required. To register, visit