MDC offers free jig and fly tying classes at Lee's Summit March 21 and March 28

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Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer two free classes to teach anglers how to tie jigs and flies for fishing. Jigs and flies are effective fishing lures. Making lures adds an art and craft touch to angling, and they catch fish.

The first class will cover tying jigs 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at MDC’s Kansas City Regional Office, 12405 Ranson Road. Jigs are fishing lures with weighted heads, often with chenille and marabou attached to the hook, that mimic minnows and insects. The class will cover terminology, equipment, and techniques to make jigs. All materials will be provided.

Fly tying will be covered in the second class 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at MDC’s Kansas City Regional Office. Flies are most often used with fly rods and they mimic insects or minnows. They are often used to fish for trout or panfish such as bluegill.

The classroom will be open one evening a month after the classes for participants to tie jigs and flies. Participants must bring their own tying materials, but MDC equipment will be available to use free of charge. The open tying sessions will let participants swap ideas, techniques, and fish stories.

The classes are open to participants age 12 and older. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 816-622-0900. To register for classes, visit

MDC also offers Discover Nature — Fishing classes that teach basic angling skills in four sessions, which end with actual fishing in ponds or lakes. For scheduled classes and information, visit