TANEY CO., Mo – The Branson Fly Fishing Expo is finally back after taking off last year due to safety precautions surrounding COVID-19. This year’s fly fishing expo is sponsored by the Springfield and Branson chapters of the Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association.
The free event is scheduled to continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, but the activities kicked off today with fly tying demos and classes.
“It does feel good admittedly since I’m just getting into the tying myself to catch a fish on a fly that you tied,” said John Muckerman. Muckerman says he’s learned a lot since joining Fly Fishers at the Crossing.
“People often ask why you join,” said Muckerman. “Well you know, even though I’d been fly fishing for years I knew I had a lot of holes so to speak in my education and I thought this would be a great place to learn a little bit more.”
Another group in attendance at the expo is the River Run Women’s Fly Fishing Group. Paula “Spanky” McNeary is recruiting new members, even though she says they have well over one-hundred members in this all women Branson fishing group.
“I think there’s more women out there fly fishing than you know,” said McNeary.
She called the group a sisterhood, and she’s grateful she found them after going through a tough time in her life.
“Well I fished for years with my husband and when he passed away, I needed an outlet to go fishing. I never been fishing by myself, and I got hooked up with this group here in Branson,” said McNeary. “I love it. They’re a great group of women and we just love to fish.”
The expo also features casting demos and live raffles with proceeds going to a local charity. Ron Leggins is the director of the Branson Fly Fishing Expo. He highlighted that there is an event specifically for kids and their families this weekend.
“A kids’ fly tying event on Saturday morning with Terry Sanders as Barney Fife,” said Leggins.