The MAKO Fly Fishers group was started in 1988 when two gentlemen decided to see if there was enough interest in starting a group of fishermen.
“They put a couple announcements in the local papers and radio and in the fall of 1988 15 people signed up to join,” said David Moss, MAKO Fly Fishers historian.
MAKO Fly Fishers is affiliated with an international organization of fly fishers and also the Conservation Federation of Missouri.
“We also are a Missouri Stream Team, the one by Jolly Mill Cast Creek,” said Moss.
MAKO Fly Fishers concentrates on education and introducing young children to fly fishing.
“We meet the first Wednesday for our business meetings and the third Wednesday of the month we have a fly tying night,” said Moss.
Most people who fly fish tie their own flies so they have a class to get together and make them.
“If you catch a fish on something you made yourself, there is a certain satisfaction,” said Moss.
MAKO Fly Fishers is also involved in several events throughout the year. Members attend the Shoal Creek Water Fest and the Kids Day at Roaring River.
“We set up our area and they usually block off a section for us and we do fly casting for kids and adults,” said Moss.