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Lower Mountain Fork River offers excellent fly fishing

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 26, 2014

Good trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow is becoming the norm rather than the exception.

Year-round trout fishing is offered on 12 miles of the river, five of which goes through beautiful Beavers Bend State Park.

Along these 12 miles anglers will find diverse water from fast-moving creeks to big, open water with deep pools. It’s Oklahoma’s premier trout fishing destination for fly anglers.

Jess King, owner of Three Rivers Fly Shop in Hochatown, provided the following fishing forecast for fly anglers as the transition begins from winter to spring in the coming weeks. For fly fishing, it’s all about trying to match the hatch.

“Mid-February through March we will be expecting to see the small (size 20) blue wing olive mayflies finishing up their season the larger spring insects will be emerging,” King said.

“March brown mayflies will be hatching by Feb. 15. These range from size 16 to size 12 and can be found throughout the 12 miles of managed trout stream.

“Tan caddis will be found hatching in the riffles throughout the stream, and they are typically size 16. Hatches will begin midmorning to late afternoon as the water warms.”

King said 1½-inch to 2-inch threadfin shad often are seen in the river below the powerhouse and are a favorite food of both rainbow and brown trout.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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