Missouri Department of Conservation Offers Free Micro-Fishing Course for Fly Rod Anglers in Parkville

Many small streams in western Missouri are home to a surprising variety of fish. Micro-fishing with a fly rod is one way to catch them, whether it’s an interesting species of minnow or bluegill or fiery bass.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be offering a free virtual micro-fishing course from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 17.

Instructors will explain how to use traditional fly fishing equipment to drift or splash flies in streams and small streams.

The fish can also be small. But they can be fun to catch. A fisherman using tiny flies could add a new species to his catch list.

This class will discuss the challenges encountered in making short casts in often bushy areas. A benefit of this class is that fly rod anglers will learn new skills for fishing in small waters.

“Small streams are often overlooked as a fishing destination,” said Alek Lanter, MDC Range Safety Maintenance Technician at MDC Parma Woods Range. “They can be very isolated. Often you are the only one fishing.

Sunfish, bluegill, largemouth bass (small sizes), chub chub, and other fish swim in small streams in the Kansas City area.

They may or may not provide a meal like larger fish from large waters. But they do offer an opportunity for fishing in a natural stream habitat.

Lanter’s favorite micro-fishing flies include Amy’s Ant, Blue Winged Olive, and any grasshopper or ground insect pattern.

This course is intended for participants aged 11 and over. Registration is compulsory. Participants can now register a group all at once. To register, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZVQ.

The green sunfish and bluegill are commonly found in small streams in the Kansas City area.

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