This past weekend was the Kisatchie club's first-ever "Mountain Fork Madness" trip to the Lower Mountain Fork near Broken Bow, Oklahoma, in pursuit of rainbow and brown trout. Making the trip were myself, Carlton Townsend, Dan Fromme, Gene Taylor, Rich Hudson, Robert Hughes and Walt Thompson. Initially the forecast called for 100-percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 40s. Unfortunately, we only had rain Saturday night and the temperatures stayed warm (in the 50s).
The accomodations at our cabin were nice
The neighbors were friendly
Friday I fished the Evening Hole using a BWO size 18. A good hatch was in progress starting 11am to 3pm. Ended with 17 and many more strikes. Nothing big, almost all 10-12 inches. But still lots of fun. Carlton joined me that afternoon.
On Saturday, Dan Fromme, Rich Hudson and I fished a bit upstream from the day before.
Almost no bugs on the water. The fish were holding to the bottom. Rich had some success with a beadhead nymph.
I then switched to a "tungsten tuff", a tungsten beadhead fly with short marabou tail and rabbit fur collar. It did the trick, and I picked up a quick 5 fish before losing the fly on a hook set with a nice trout. I recall one of the local guides showing me a fly that looked like a fluff butt, so I tied on a fluff butt and voila!... my two biggest trout of the trip (16"-18"). Then I lost the fluff butt - it was the only one in my box.
Dan and Rich each caught a couple more fish. I went back to the BWO. I have this addiction to dry fly fishing. Meanwhile, things got very interesting. I felt a nudge in my back, then another. I thought it was Carlton, but when I turned around it was this gal.
She kept putting her nose up against my coat pocket. My guess is she could smell the remnants of a granola bar. I didn't have anything to give her, so she moved downstream to another group of fishermen. Guess they had a snack or two to share.
We fished a bit Sunday at the Re-Reg dam. Nearly all small fish, but I did get a "Mt Fork Slam" - small rainbow, brown, brookie. All on BWO. Other than Carlton's 20-inch rainbow, nothing big caught this weekend. But everyone caught a decent number of trout, ate well thanks to our club chefs, and enjoyed great camraderie.