There are still a couple of good months of trout fishing left on Oklahoma’s premier trout stream, the Lower Mountain Fork River in McCurtain County,, before the fish tend to get lethargic in the hot, summer months of July and August.
Sean Baker, a fly fishing guide out of the Three Rivers Fly Shop in Hochatown, reports fishing has been good in zone one on the river as of late.
“Fishing pressure has been high in Evening Hole and Lost Creek but I’ve never seen as many fish, nor as many big fish there before,” Baker said.
“If you are trying to break into a 20-inch fish, you have a chance in that area. With the pressure, the fish are getting more sensitive to bad presentations and poor drifts. So, make sure you are able to present and mend properly. We are seeing quite a few caddis as well as some lingering March brown. We have had excellent success using a powder floatant on size 18 hare’s ear soft hackles, CDC caddis sizes 16-20 and elk hair caddis sizes 16-18.”
March Brown dun patterns sizes 12 & 14 also are working and Baker says nymphing is really good right now as well.
Anglers have been having success using a new fly in the shop called a Realistic Caddis Pupa.
“As always, make sure you go armed with aray of colors and sizes of egg patterns (cheese, salmon & chartreuse particularly) as well as San Juan worms various sizes and colors,” Baker said.
In zone two, fishing has been hit and miss. The high water in Broken Bow Lake has resulted in sporadic generating schedules and zone two has been tough to fish, he said.
Anglers have had some success using caddis sizes 16 and 20 and the occasional March brown.
On the Upper Mountain Fork, Baker recommends these flies: chartreuse clouser, white clouser and Lefty’s Deceiver.
“All three seemed to appeal to sand bass and smallmouth,” Baker said. ” Now, is that all I would take? Probably not. I probably take a variety of woolie buggers and other streamer patterns too.”
For more information or to book a fly fishing trip on the Lower Mountain Fork River, call Baker at (580) 494-6115.