Trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River has heated up with the weather turning cold

Wintry weather can produce some big fish
by Ed Godfrey Modified: December 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm •  Published: December 15, 2012
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November through February is guide Jessie King's favorite time to fly fish on the Lower Mountain Fork River.

“While most of the country's trout streams are locked in the deep freeze, the trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork is red hot,” said King, owner of Three Rivers Fly Shop in Hochatown.

“The trout fishing is great all year long, but winter provides more fishable water, less crowds and the most predictable dry fly fishing of the year.

“December is the perfect time to fish with Blue Winged Olives nymphs and dry flies.”

Donny Carter of Stratford is a frequent visitor to the Oklahoma's best trout stream.

“I was down there (Dec. 4) and the small browns were everywhere,” Carter said. “To say the least, it's pretty exciting. Hope these little guys really take off and we'll have an even better brown trout fishery.

“The brown trout fishing has been very good and I caught several of them on the Elk Hair Caddis and the Adams. I really enjoy watching trout surface to your fly.

“Kind of like top-water bass fishing, no difference. Both can give you heart failure. I only fished in Zone One and found surfacing trout in all areas. There were plenty of small mayflies coming off along with some black caddis. Both of my dry fly patterns worked just fine on those hatches.”


by Ed Godfrey
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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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