Sunday, February 19, 2023

MDC offers free Beginner Fly Tying classes Feb. 21-March 7 at Warsaw

MDC offers free Beginner Fly Tying classes Feb. 21-March 7 at Warsaw. Learn how to tie lures to catch trout and panfish at Lost Valley Fish Hatchery.

Warsaw, Mo. – Fly tying is artistry to create fish catching lures. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a series of free Beginner Fly Trying classes from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21; on Thursday, Feb. 23; on Tuesday, March 7, and on Thursday, March 9.

This class will teach the skills and equipment needed to tie feathers, fur, and other materials onto hooks to mimic insects and other natural foods that fish eat. MDC will provide fly tying vices and materials for the class. Participants can also bring equipment and materials of their own. Tying flies is a satisfying craft and catching fish on the creations is fun, too. Kara Entrop, MDC conservation educator assistant, will help participants tie flies that can catch trout and warm-water panfish such as bluegill, bass, and crappie. Two different types of flies will be tied at each session.

The class is open to participants ages 12 and older. COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, visit

Photo: MDC will offer a four-part series of fly-tying classes starting Feb. 21 and concluding March 9 at the Lost Valley Fish Hatchery in Warsaw.

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