Summer trout fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork
Donny Carter of Stratford, who has become my Lower Mountain Fork correspondent since I rarely make the 4-hour drive from Oklahoma City to Broken Bow anymore, took a trip to Oklahoma’s best trout stream last week and reports the fishing was good.
Carter reported a banner day on Friday. He didn’t’ catch anything very large, but the dry fly fishing was excellent, he said.
“If you don’t mind fishing ‘til dark, the famous “Hex” (hexagina mayfly) hatch was going full force in the late evening into the dark at the Evening Hole,” Carter said.
“These large mayflies look like tiny sailboats on the water and the trout were just slaying them. I don’t think it really mattered what kind of dry fly you had on as long as it was big and bushy.
“I was using the stimulator. I started out in Zone II that morning, but the water was rather warm (72 degrees) and I didn’t do any good there. Evening Hole and Spillway Creek though, were really good. Very cold water (58 degrees at the dam) and the trout were very active.”
Carter said he caught trout all up and down the refurbished Evening Hole.
“I like it better than before the flood,” he said. “They (state wildlife officials) made some really nice runs-pools at the top end of the Evening Hole. Great dryfly water.”
During the heat of the day on Friday, Carter caught a very fat, healthy 14-inch brown on Spillway Creek, also using the stimulator. He said he missed several other nice browns there, also.
“Summertime fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork can be, and most of the time, is great,” Carter said. “It’s my favorite time of the year to fish down there.”