All natural foods upon which trout feed - such as aquatic and terrestrial insects, minnows, worms, crustaceans, shellfish, amphibians, rodents, and reptiles - can be imitated by today's fly tying methods... Imitation is best accomplished when these foods are properly identified and their life cycles clearly understood. "How and when do they interest the trout?" we must ask before we can make or obtain fly designs and patterns that best stimulate these foods ...
Missouri Department of Conservation Fly Definition
Flies, Lures and Baits: The following classes of lures are authorized for use, except where restricted. See A Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations pages 16-20 and 28-40.
- (A) Natural and scented baits — A natural fish food such as bait fish, crayfish, frogs permitted as bait, grubs, insects, larvae, worms, salmon eggs, cheese, corn and other food substances not containing any ingredient to stupefy, injure or kill fish. Does not include flies or artificial lures. Includes dough bait, putty or paste-type bait, any substance designed to attract fish by taste
or smell and any fly, lure or bait containing or used with such substances.
- (B) Soft plastic bait (unscented)—Synthetic eggs, synthetic worms, synthetic
grubs and soft plastic lures.
- (C) Artificial Lure — A lure constructed of any material excluding soft plastic
bait and natural and scented bait defined in (A) or (B) above.
- (D) Fly—An artificial lure constructed on a single-point hook, using any
material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait as defined in
(A) or (B) above, that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached.
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