KIN 135-315 Beginning Fly Fishing

Spring 2020

Kemper Hall room 205

Class meets 6:00pm-9:50pm: 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 (Mountain Spring Trout Ranch) and ALL DAY 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday May 2, 2020 Field Trip


Instructors: Members of Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association-Springfield Chapter
Bob Randall, Larry Wegman, Class Instructors


  1. Learn the fundamentals skills of fly-casting.
  2. Learn to select and care for equipment properly.
  3. Learn the proper attitude toward conservation and fly-fishing.
  4. Learn safety techniques within the sport of fly-fishing.
  5. Learn basic fly tying skills.
  6. Learn about fishing locations in southwest Missouri.
  7. Outline:
  8. Introduction to fly fishing, casting and tying.
  9. Introduction to fly fishing equipment.
  10. Fly tying tools and materials.
  11. Fly casting.
  12. Overhand casting
  13. Roll casting
  14. Fly tying techniques:
  15. Wet flies
  16. Dry flies
  17. Streamers
  18. Introduction to aquatic insects.
  19. Putting it all together on the stream.

III.       Assessment:

  1. Attend all meetings and the field trips.
  2. Show evidence of development of skills in fly-casting and fly tying.
  3. Demonstrate proper fly fishing etiquette and conservation practices.
  4. Grading Scale/ Attendance
  5. Attendance and attentive participation at all class meetings and field trip =”A”.
  6. For each class period missed = One letter grade deduction.
  7. For missing field trip = Two letter grade deduction.
  8. Due to nature of class there will be no make-up opportunities.
  9. Failure to adequately participate in class can cause a reduction in one’s grade.


The field trips will occur even in inclement weather unless lightning, flooding or icy roads are imminent. The class coordinator, not the student, will determine this.

Class fee of $25.00 is to cover equipment and supplies provided by MTFA. All needed equipment will be furnished EXCEPT sunglasses and caps.

If the fly tying kit and equipment are not returned or is broken or in some way unusable, the student will be responsible for paying a fair replacement cost and will have an encumbrance placed on his/her enrollment until the payment is received by MTFA.

The student must have a Missouri Fishing license and must purchase a “Daily Trout Tag” the day of the field trip.

Nondiscrimination:  Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. At all times, it is your right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the Office for Equity and Diversity, Siceluff Hall 296, (417) 836-4252. Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to the attention of your instructor’s Department Head.

Disability Accommodation:  To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787,

Academic Dishonesty:  Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity.  You are responsible for knowing and following the university’s student honor code, Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, available at and also available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library.  Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy.   Note:  The academic integrity policy requires that a student who is charged with academic dishonesty in a course be allowed to continue attending class and fulfilling course requirements while they exercise their right to appeal allegations of academic dishonesty.  The student should receive a grade of “Incomplete” in the course if an appeal is still in progress at the end of the semester, or if the allegation of academic dishonesty is brought forward at the end of the semester.  The grade of “Incomplete” remains on the transcript until the appeal is resolved.

Attendance Policy:  Class attendance is required to complete the requirements of the course. There will be a letter grade deduction for missing a regularly scheduled session. Missing the final outing to Roaring River will result in a three-letter grade deduction (A>C). In instances of excused absences for the final outing, if informed with sufficient lead time, the instructor may make an accommodation if an instructor is found to attend a fishing session with the student on an alternative date. You will be required to provide transportation to the two field trips, Rainbow Springs Trout Park and Roaring River.

Dropping a ClassIt is your responsibility to understand the University’s procedure for dropping a class. If you stop attending this class but do not follow proper procedures for dropping the class, you will receive a failing grade and will also be financially obligated to pay for the class.  For information about dropping a class or withdrawing from the university contact the Registration Center at 836-4335.  See Academic Calendars ( for deadlines.

Cell Phone PolicyThe use by students of cell phones, pagers, or similar communication devices during scheduled classes is prohibited.  All such devices must be turned off or put in a silent mode and cannot be taken out during class.  At the discretion of the instructor, exception to this policy is possible in special circumstances.  See for complete policy.  As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students who are members of the community.  When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class.  Therefore, the Office of the Provost prohibits the use by students of cell phones, pagers, PDAs, or similar communication devices during scheduled classes.  All such devices must be turned off or put in a silent mode and cannot be taken out during class.  At the discretion of the instructor, exception to this policy is possible in special circumstances.  Sanctions for violation of this policy are determined by the instructor and may include dismissal from the class—see Class Disruption ( In testing situations, use of cell phones or similar communication devices, or any other electronic or data storage device, may lead also to a charge of academic dishonesty and additional sanctions under the Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures  There are two appeal processes available to students.  A sanction for class disruption may be appealed using the appeal process stated in the Class Disruption policy; however, a violation that involves a charge of academic dishonesty must be appealed using the process described in the Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures.

Emergency Response:“At the first class meeting, students should become familiar with a basic emergency response plan through a dialogue with the instructor that includes a review and awareness of exits specific to the classroom and the location of evacuation centers for the building.  All instructors are provided this information specific to their classroom and/or lab assignments in an e-mail prior to the beginning of the fall semester from the Office of the Provost and Safety and Transportation.  Students with disabilities impacting mobility should discuss the approved accommodations for emergency situations and additional options when applicable with the instructor.  For more information contact University Safety (417-836-5509) or consult the Emergency Quick Reference Guide and Campus Emergency Response Plan.