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Fly Fishing Lower Mountain Fork River
Mountain Fork River actually originates in western
Arkansas and flows into southeastern Oklahoma. It is a
total of 98 miles long. The section that holds trout is the
tailwater below Broken Bow Lake which lies in the
Kiamichi Mountains. The stream is within an easy days
drive for anglers from Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma;
Little Rock, Arkansas; and Shreveport, Louisiana. Fly
fishing the Lower Mountain Fork River is a top
destination for many anglers.
The tailwater has a good population of larger size brown
trout and rainbow trout for the first twelve miles below
Broken Bow Dam. Brown trout of up to ten pounds are
The Lower Mountain Fork River tailwater has a variety of
different types of water that ranges from smooth flowing,
slower moving sections to fast water rapids. It contains
an almost four mile long section called "Zone 2" that has
special regulations that requires barbless hooks and
artificial flies and lures only. Only one trout over 20
inches can be harvested.
In addition to the main Lower Mountain Fork River,
Spillway Creek provides additional fly fishing
opportunities of a completely different nature. It flows
through a canyon with fast pocket water and sections of
runs and riffles. The smaller stream offer a completely
different type of water with both brown and rainbow trout.
Fly fishing the Lower Mountain Fork River can be done
wading as well as from a boat. There are sections where
each method has its advantages. Five miles of the
stream is in Beavers Bend State Park.
This river has an abundant population of several
different aquatic insects, crustaceans and plenty of
baitfish, sculpin and minnows. Hatches occur
throughout the year. The larger trout can become very
selective when feeding and realistic imitations usually
work the best.
We have taken sample of the aquatic insects from this
stream and developed a hatch chart and large data
base. Please call or email us for suggestions on what
flies to use. We will be most happy to help you.
The season is dependant on water temperatures
Early Springtime is usually okay, provided the
discharges are acceptable.
The water can get a little too warm for trout during the
Late Fall is probably the best time for catching the large
trophy brown trout because they spawn during the Fall.
Wintertime is a good time to fish the Lower Mountain
Fork River. Trout can be taken on the dry fly during this
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Fishing Report Updated 10/21/16
(See Archive at the Bottom Of Page)
Lower Mountain Fork River Fishing
Report - Archive:
04/17/4 This tailwater has been producing
trout well for most of the winter and early
spring and should continue to do so. Trout
are being taken on our Brown and White
belly Sculpin and Midges.
05/19/14 Two customers ordering
Blue-winged Olive nymphs, emergers,
duns, spinners reporting size 18 BWO are
hatching. Trout are being caught every
time the discharges allow it.
06/24/14 Although this isn't the best time of
the year to be fishing the Lower Mountain
Fork, one angler reported catching some
very nice size brown trout, obviously
holdovers. He is fishing late into the
evening using our White Belly Sculpin fly.
07/27/14 Fishing has been very good the
past two weeks. Lower air temperature this
week will help.
10/18/14 We have been getting some good
fishing reports for the lower Mtn Fork the
past two weeks. Anglers are catching good
numbers of trout using mostly tandem
midge rigs. Our cream and red midge larva
and pupae imitations are working good.
12/04/14 We should be reporting more
often. Fishing has been very good and
customers are using BWO nymphs, 20/18
and brown sculpin shown linked above left.
12/15/14 We had some Texas and
Oklahoma customers send us some good
reports the past couple of weeks. Midges
and BWO nymphs are key.
12/22/14 Two good reports from the past
week. Customers caught several nice trout.
Watch the levels, rain is forecast
01/13/15 Another good report. Good
discharge levels and nicer weather is in the
01/20/15 No reports from the past week but
conditions remain good.
02/07/15 One good report from a customer
using our Blood or Red midge larva and
pupa fished in tandem.
03/05/15 March Browns have begin to hatch
along with BWOs and midges. Lots of trout
04/10/15 A few trout are being caught
when the discharges are low, but it is often
high at this time of the year.
05/20/15 The water temperature is up to
where the fishing is over for all practical
07/10/15 Just a reminder to let us help
you plan your next trip to the river. Shoot
us an email and we can help you select
the best flies.
08/07/15 it won't be long before the cool
air of Fall arrives and the river becomes a
hot fly fishing destination for trout. Send us
an email and let us help you plan your
assault on them.
08/22/15 We received a report from a
customer that he caught a half dozen nice
size trout this past week. Size 20 BWO
nymphs and Brown Sculpin streamer did
09/09/15 No reports from anglers fishing
but discharges have been high at times. Let
us hear from you.
11/20/15 Sorry for the lack of reports local
guide/contact moved but we are back with
regular reports. Stream levels have been a
problem lately with the rain but when levels
are okay, a lot of trout are being caught.
We recommend midge larva/pupa combo,
Brown sculpin streamers and little BWOs.
11/27/15 Customers reporting catching a lot
of trout but having a hard time finding a rock
to stand on. It has been crowded.
12/03/15 No chance of rain for the next
week with highs in the high fifties and low
sixties. Right now the stream is very high or
12/11/15 The stream is still very high and
blown out but there has been less rain
and the lake level should be coming
down. Keep a close check. They may stop
running water soon.
12/25/15 The discharges are currently very
high and will continue for some time. You
will just have to watch the USGS gauge
and/or power company release schedule.
01/01/16 The discharges have come down
some but the stream levels are still far too
high to fish. Keep a close check on them.
01/15/16 The river levels and flows are
staying very high. The only thing you can
do is to keep checking on them. It is getting
closer to getting all the recent rain water
-1/21/16 The flows are 7,210 cfs at 8.16 ft.
Normal flows are about 901 cfs. You will just
have to keep a check on them to know
when you can fish.
01/29/16 The flows are still very high. Sorry,
but you will just have to keep checking them.
They have to come down for you to have a
chance to fish.
02/05/16 The discharges are down to
normal for this time of the year and
pulsing some. Midges, both cream and red
(blood) larva and pupa combinations and
the Brown sculpin are catching trout.
02/12/16 Good discharges and good
levels exist and anglers are catching
trout. Black Flies and midges are
hatching. Fish the slack current.
02/19/16 The discharges shot up above
normal for a day but are back low and in
good shape. The water should warm up
this week and fishing be better.
02/26/16 Discharges are pulsing but low
enough to fish. The water is slightly warmer
and trout are being caught in good
03/04/16 Blue-winged olives are hatching
along with midges. Fish the BWO nymph
until mid afternoon and switch to the dun or
03/11/16 Generation schedule have been
up and down. Right now the flows are at a
normal level but expect more high
discharges. Makes sure you check the
03/18/16 Stream levels and discharges
have been very high for the last four days.
Fish are being caught in good number
when the discharges are lower and wading
03/25/16 The discharges are down to
normal and anglers are catching trout in
good numbers. BWO nymphs and midge
larva/pupa combos get the most.
04/01/16 Stream levels are looking okay right
now and there is no rain in the forecast for the
coming week. Everything looks great.
04/08/16 Stream levels are right at normal for this
time of the year and the water is clear.
Blue-winged olives and caddis are hatching.
04/15/16 The river has been up and down staying
a little above normal. There is a lot of rain on the
way starting Sunday. Watch the levels next week.
04/22/16 The stream levels have just got back
down to normal levels. Spotted sedges (caddis)
are hatching as well as BWOs.
04/29/16 The stream is blown out and will take a
while for the lake level to fall back down and clear
up the tailwater.
05/06/17 The stream levels are high again. You
just have to watch the levels. Little Cinnamon
Caddis, BWOs are hatching.
05/13/16 The discharges and stream levels are
still far too high for any fly fishing opportunity.
You will just have to keep a check on the levels.
The link in on your upper left.
05/20/16 The stream levels shot up but are
falling back low and giving anglers some good
fly fishing opportunity.
05/27/16 The stream levels are still high and the
06/03/16 Not much opportunity for fly fishing with
the high levels and stained water. Watch the
levels and keep checking back with us.
06/10/16 The discharges are down some and on
a more normal summertime rate, mostly running
in the afternoons. This give you more opportunity
The river is back down in good
shape level wise and anglers should
be able to catch good numbers of
trout. Brown sculpin streamer and
small BWO nymphs are hot flies.
07/07/16 The water temperature has already
gotten too warm to fish. Not only would it stress a
trout to catch it, they become a little lethargic in
warm water and aren't easy to catch.
You can be preparing a trip for the Fall season.
07/29/16 The water temperature is in better
shape and only reaching the mid sixties. There
are a lot of caddisflies hatching. Fish early
mornings and late in the day for the best results.
Flows are about normal.
08/04/16 They continue to run water in the
afternoons. Fishing conditions are better in the
mornings because of that. Caddisfly larvae
imitations and small BWO nymphs are catching
fish for our customers.
08/08/16 They continue to run water mostly in the
afternoons. Mornings are the best time to fish.
Use sculpin streamers. The last two hours of the
day is also a good time. Use adult Cinnamon
caddis or Little Sister caddis.
08/16/16 The power company continues the
pattern of afternoon discharges. Fishing in the
early mornings continues to be the best option.
Fish streamers early and hopper/droppers later
in the morning.
08/2/16 The discharges and stream levels are a
little high right now making it tough to not safe to
wade, but it should be dropping down soon. Little
BWO nymphs, and Sculpin streamer are working.
09/02/16 The discharges and flows have been a
little high the past few day, making it tough to
wade. Streamers, like the Perfect Fly Brown
Sculpin, are producing some nice trout.
09/09/16 They have been running water in the
morning and not in the afternoons. Streamers,
like the Brown sculpin, have been getting the
09/23/16 They are continuing the pattern of
generating power in the morning and shutting
down afternoons. Fish afternoons using little
BWO nymph, midges and sculpin streamers.
10/01/16 The power company has been shutting
down enough to provide some good wading
opportunities. Our customers have been
catching good numbers of trout. Little size 18
BWO nymphs and Sculpin streamers are working
10/14/16 The river has been producing a lot of
action for some. There aer blue-winged olive
hatches and some little sister sedges hatching.
Brown sculpin streamers are catching some of
the larger trout.