Author Topic: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK  (Read 1876 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Jim in Houston

  • Guest
February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« on: September 30, 2012, 03:08:15 PM »
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 - http://www.texasflyfishers.org/images/brokenbow.html.

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, https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx, 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 - http://www.cityofbrokenbow.com/
• Rob Woodruff Guide Services - http://www.flyfishingfork.com/oklahoma.html
• Location - search for Broken Bow, OK on Google Maps - http://maps.google.com/
• Three Rivers Fly Shop / Beaver's Bend Fishing Report - http://www.threeriversflyshop.com/

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.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2013, 04:49:05 PM by Dave Kelly »

Puck

  • Fishaholic
  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 770
  • Karma: +7/-1
    • View Profile
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2012, 04:37:27 PM »
Good information, Jim.   This looks to be a good trip.

Puck
To fish, or not to fish?  What a stupid question!

ScottB

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 69
  • Karma: +1/-1
    • View Profile
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 11:03:56 AM »
Ok. Done thinkin.  Where do I sign up?

Scott B

Jim in Houston

  • Guest
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 05:16:57 PM »
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.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2012, 03:36:36 PM by Jim in Houston »

CarpMan

  • Guest
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2012, 06:58:49 AM »
I am going to try and make this one too. ScottB - want to ride up there together?
Matt

Jim in Houston

  • Guest
Accommodations for February 2013 Freshwater Outing
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2012, 10:54:33 AM »
Below is an extensive list of accommodations in the Broken Bow / Beaver Bend State Park area, including the nearby community of Idabell.  There are two places that I can recommend for the three nights from February 14 with checkout on the 17th (unless you plan to arrive earlier or stay later):

  • Charles Wesley Motor Lodge - http://www.charleswesleymotorlodge.com/ - this is very basic motel type accommodations.  The manager, Jay Patel, is offering our club members the following daily rates: one person in a room - $39 + tax; Two persons in room/two beds - $49 + tax.   Call to get these rates.  The Charles Wesley has been popular with TFF members in the past.  It is seven miles from the entrance to Beaver Bend and the Three Rivers Fly Shop.  I have stayed here on two occassions.
  • Hochatown Country Lodge - http://www.hochatownlodge.com/.  This is much nicer than the Charles Wesley and is located at the entrance to the park and across from the fly shop.  They have a special rate of $69 per night (room with two queen beds plus breakfast) for fly fishermen fishing with our guide, Rob Woodruff.  Mention that you are fishing with Rob to get this rate.
Here is the complete list:

Cabins

Bend Dream Cabins- Great selection of 1-4 bedroom cabins. Tell Pam you are fishing with me. Discount for Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation Members. http://www.beaversbenddream.com 580-236-0362.
Pine Meadow Cabins- Nice cabins on 47 acres of private property. Ask about special rates and packages for my customers.
www.pinemeadowcabins.com, 888-733-7829.
Beavers Bend Creative Escapes- Leasing agency for a group of very nice cabins - http://www.beaversbendcreativeescape.com/cabinrental.htm.
Hochatown Junction Resorts- Cabins from basic to luxurious. http://www.beaversbendcabins.com, (800) 550-6521
Backwoods Vacations- Three upscale cabins (one that is fully ADA compliant).
214-349-4963  or (800) 654-8240
- http:// www.backwoodsvacations.com
Beavers Bend Resort Park- State owned cabins within park - http://www.beaversbend.com/lakeview.html

Lodges

Hochatown Country Lodge- Nice lodge across from main entrance to the park. Best location and value. Ask about discounts for fly fishermen and tell them you are fishing with me. (580) 494-6099 - http://www.hochatownlodge.com
Beavers Bend Lakeview Lodge- State owned lodge on Broken Bow Lake.
(800) 654-8240 - http://www.beaversbend.com/lakeview.html

Motels

Best Western, Broken Bow Just opened. http://www.bestwesternoklahoma.com/broken-bow-hotels
Microtel Inn Broken Bow-(580) 584-7708.
Super 8 Idabel (580) 286-7877 - http://www.super8.com
Comfort Suites Idabel- nicest motel in the county. (877) 424-6423.
The Charles Wesley Motor Lodge- Cheap rates (580) 584-3303 - http://www.charleswesleymotorlodge.com/
Broken Bow Inn- (580) 584-9103

Camping is available in Beavers Bend Park and at Hochatown State Park.

Trailer/RV hookups are available at Beavers Bend Park [(800) 654-8240], Hochatown State Park, Hochatown Junction Resorts [(800) 550-6521] and Broken Bow Inn (580) 584-9103 - http://www.beaversbend.com/lakeview.html
« Last Edit: November 08, 2012, 06:09:19 AM by Jim in Houston »

kzin

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 49
  • Karma: +1/-0
    • View Profile
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2012, 06:31:14 PM »
How cold do you think it will be at this time of year?

Bear

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 82
  • Karma: +2/-1
    • View Profile
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2012, 08:00:00 AM »
Cold enough that waders will be needed.

CarpMan

  • Guest
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012, 09:36:26 PM »
Hmmmm - just realized that this would involve leaving Houston on Valentines Day. Everyone better start working on the kitchen pass

Jim in Houston

  • Guest
Re: February 2013 Freshwater Outing to the Mountain Forks River, OK
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013, 01:40:41 PM »
Getting ready for the Febuary Outing - here is some info.

1)  It may be cold - hopefully no snow on the ground, but you will need to plan on an insulated layer under your waders and something warm on top.

2) Here are some of the recommended flies (thanks to Rob Woodruff and Dave Steffek for thes tips).  Start tying now or look around at the local fly shops.  Also check the Three Rivers Fly Shop in Broken Bow for the latest news - http://www.threeriversflyshop.com/.  The fly shop will probably be our meeting place on Friday morning, and will be open on Saturday, but they will not be open on Sunday or Monday, if you extend your fishing time and need more flies.

The following are good bets in sizes 14 – 18 (smaller will probably be more useful):

-   Bead-head Pheasant Tail
-   Gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear
-   Sowbugs (tan)
-   Zebra Midges in silver on black, red on black, with a black or silver bead
-   March Brown dry and emerger
-   Blue Wing Olive emerger and comparaduns
-   Spillway Creek Caddis Nymphs in dark olive
-   Copper John
-   San Juan Worm

I will be putting out additional information to participants by email later.