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Just got back from a trout fishing trip on the lower Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow Lake. It was quite the experience. Compared to NC Okla, its like going into a different world with the bald cypress trees, tall pines, rolling hills and so on. Its the closest trout fishing to colorado that I've ever seen, with the narrow rushing water, and great habitat. I don't know if any of y'all have kept up with the stream renovation of the Lower Mountain Fork in the last year or so, but I have to tell you they really did it right. It may be man made, but its so natural, you wouldn't know it. Sunken logs, stumps, rocks, eddy's, slack water, riffles, and so on.
I'm just a wanna-be fly fisherman, and went to the local fly shop to see what they recommended. I ended up booking a 1/2 day with a guide. I told him I didn't care if I caught a fish or not, but I wanted to learn about fly's, presentation, what to use and when, and the "secrets to good casting".
We started at 1pm, and 10 minutes into the trip a deluge of rain started. Went back to his vehicle, got our rain gear on and went back to the "schooling". This guy was amazing. I thought I could get a fly out 80% of the time in a fairly respectable manner, but was I wrong. :eek:

By the end of the session we had caught a half dozen or so by accident, but I discovered how bad I really was. I asked my guide how far he could put a perfectly placed fly on the water, and he showed me a 80' cast with my 4X rod with a Wolly Buger which is hard to throw for distance. :eek: :eek:

All of this in rain so hard you couldn't see 200' :eek:

I learned how to fish a wet fly, dry. Fish a streamer imitating a crawfish, or minnow.

It was worth every penny ;) ;D ;D

I have tons of pics. I'll get them posted as soon as we can get them down loaded from the camera.
 

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Man that sounds like one fun trip you had. Fly fishing is still one thing thing, like golf, that I don't know if I'll ever get the hang of.
 

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Dennis, what a fishing trip you had.

I loved the time,I spent below the dam @ Tenkiller about 4 years ago.
Caught a lot of trout & some Strippers as well.
The Hunting & Fishing legacy permit helped out on the project you got to fish,Dennis.
Got to see a few pics of the project in the Fishing regs a few years back.

Can't wait to see the photo's you got.
 

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Trust me, at the end of the 4 hr session, I still can't throw a whole lot better, but what I did learn is how to analyze what makes the cast fail. That is the secret. Its all practice. One of the things I did learn is when I told the guide I'm ambidexterious. I throw with my left hand, but write with my right. I was throwing right handed. He told me to switch, and a whole lot of my bad habits went away.
Again he told me that a good fly fisherman should be able to fish either hand. I tried that, with his guidance, and feel a whole lot better now. I still screw up a whole lot, but I know how to correct it.
We have tons of pics, and will get them loaded and get them posted
 

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Cool.
We all look forward to um.
 

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Here are some of the pics. My slow connection is really slow today, so I'll have to get some more uploaded to post.










 

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Wow! It's been about 10 years since I've been down there and it was pretty then, but now it is gorgeous. Thanks for the pics, going to have to get back down there for sure.
 

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Dennis, WOW it looks even better then it did 4 years ago.

Like, Bird some what said: gonna have to go visit it again someday.

Thanks for sharing the photo's buddy.
 

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Hey,
I am a conservation student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and my internship this summer was with the streams devision of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. I spent a lot of time on this river. Over 40 hours a week. I am very happy that you like what we have changed on the river. If I may ask what guide did you use while you were down there? Also if you want any help about where to fish just let me know. I have a lot of pictures of the river, and can tell you where I place the trout, so it may help you know where to fish at ;)
 

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Welcome to the forum. Any insider info is always excepted.
 

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My wife and I went down there this summer to do a little camping/relaxing for a weekend without the kids. I tried to do a little fishing, but spend more time getting my wife unhung. Needless to say I didn't catch any fish, but we did get to see a beaver up close, less than 6 feet away, and he didn't seem to care we were there.

I go down there all the time for herp trips, but I never really get to fish it. It is my favorite place in the state, and I love all the salamanders.
 

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I have a lot of photos from this summer. If you guys want to see some photos of the trout being stocked I would be more than happy to put some on here. Thats to bad you did not catch any, because I stocked a lot of trout this summer. One load in particular had an average weight of over 3 lbs. Now you want to see some excited fisherman, throw about 50 3lb trout in front of them and they go nuts. It was really cool to see all the fisherman as well. In fact they got me into fly fishing.
 

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Hey,
I am a conservation student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and my internship this summer was with the streams devision of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. I spent a lot of time on this river. Over 40 hours a week. I am very happy that you like what we have changed on the river. If I may ask what guide did you use while you were down there? Also if you want any help about where to fish just let me know. I have a lot of pictures of the river, and can tell you where I place the trout, so it may help you know where to fish at ;)
The pics above were of the river the weekend the floods started last year.
Its been awhile, but I think it was three rivers fly shop in Hauchatown that was my guide. He is one of the guys in charge of the foundation that supports the river. Real nice place, and a great guide.
If you worked there this summer, it must have been on the restoration project. I need to get back down there, and see how it has worked out. Love fly fishing there.
Yes, we would like to see your pics! Can't get enough of that place. ;D
 

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Ahh Jesse King.... I think that is how you spell it. He is a really good guide, really nice as well. The river has changed a lot since the flood. Especially lost creek. Its way different.
There are a quite a few pictures.
Here is a link to my facebook so you can see some of them. THis is me stocking trout, and a couple of random pictures. Let me know if you can see them or not.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1437810075&v=photos#!/photo.php?pid=1497229&id=1437810075
 

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The pics came thru fine for me.
I compared the evening hole shot of mine to yours. It doesn't look too much different. Yours had a little more flow in the river.
 
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