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February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK

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Jim in Houston:
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Mountain Forks Guided Fishing and Entomology Seminar

When:  February 15 - 17, 2013 (Friday through Sunday)     
Where: Mountain Forks River, Beavers' Bend State Park, Broken Bow, Oklahoma     
Start Time:  0800 Friday
End Time:    1200 Sunday
Trip Leader: Jim Heimer
Phone: 832 203 7049
e-mail: Shoot Jim a PM on this board.       

Trip Description: This Freshwater Outing is to the Mountain Forks River near Broken Bow, Oklahoma, about a 6 hour drive from Houston.  We will spend one day (Friday, February 15th) on the river with a guide, Rob Woodruff, who will explain the different techniques for fishing the varied waters in this area.  Rob will also present his well known entomology course (optional), which includes a Saturday afternoon classroom session and a Sunday morning field trip on the 16th and 17th.

This trip is an excellent opportunity for those new to freshwater fly fishing, or those wishing to hone their skills on some of the best nearby trout water.  Note that you will have to travel to Broken Bow on Thursday night to participate in the full program, and that the cost of the entomology course is only $50, the full cost having been partly subsidized by TFF.  Lodging in Broken Bow and all meals are to be provided by the participants.  Information on lodging has been posted below in the post titled "Accommodations for the 2013 February Outing"  It is very affordable either in Broken Bow or near the entrance to the State Park.

Of course, time not spent learning about the area and its buggy residents are open for fishing on your own, and you may elect to arrive early or stay late to get in some extra time on the river.  For this reason, experienced fly fisherman should also consider this trip.

For photos from the last trip in February 2009, go to this link in the TFF photo gallery -

How to sign up: Sign Up On Line Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to sign up for the entomology course: Sign Up On Line Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting. Up will need to be enrolled by end of January 2013.  We will set up a PayPal / credit card payment option shortly.
How to get waiver forms: Download here Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
Cost: No trip fee except for optional entomology course.  Lodging, food, and incidentals (fishing license) paid by participant.
OK Fishing License:  Use this link,, to purchase a fishing license on line after January 1st, 2013.  A six day non-resident license is $35 and a full year license is $55 (as of October 2012).  Texas residents over 65 are exempt from the license requirement.  Licenses can also be purchased at the Three Rivers Fly Shop at the entrance to Beavers Bend State Park, but it may delay the start of the program.

Directions: --- Broken Bow, OK on Google Maps
About the area:  Use these links to find out more about
• Broken Bow -
• Rob Woodruff Guide Services -
• Location - search for Broken Bow, OK on Google Maps -
• Three Rivers Fly Shop / Beaver's Bend Fishing Report -

Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:
4-6wt fly rod with floating line, a back-up with sink tip is not a bad idea
Waders and wading boots
Warm clothing may be required both while fishing and for general use.

Recommended Flies:(also see the Three Rivers Flyshop Fishing Report:
• Ruby Midge
• Bottom crawling mayfly patterns
• March Brown Emerger
• Caddis pupa imitations
• San Juan Worm

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, this is the trip for you, since you will receive expert instruction on techniques.

Good information, Jim.   This looks to be a good trip.


Ok. Done thinkin.  Where do I sign up?

Scott B

Jim in Houston:
The trip announcement has been updated to include links to sign up for the trip and a separate place to sign up for the entomology course.  The links are just above the Directions entry toward the bottom.

Payment for the entomology course will be to TFF by PayPal.  We are in the process of setting that up now.

I am going to try and make this one too. ScottB - want to ride up there together?


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