Fly Fishing Oklahoma’s

Mountain Fork River

My friend and fellow angler Danny Roth and I booked a guide and a cabin at Beavers Bend State Park near the town of Broken Bow in southeastern Oklahoma in December. The cabin was rustic but very comfortable, with two rooms, kitchen, and a fireplace. The weather was cold, so we kept our fireplace going. The park was beautiful—lots of tall pine and oak trees and scenic roads paralleling the Mountain Fork River.

Our first day of fishing started at 7 a.m. with our guide, Jesse King, who also owns the Three Rivers Fly Shop at the entrance to the park. Jesse was extremely interesting, experienced, and knowledgeable about the river. He had us on rainbows and browns within the hour, fishing with soft-hackle flies of various colors.

The fish were smaller than the stocked fish in the Guadalupe River, but they were aggressive and fought well. The river was narrow, rocky, shallow, and crystal clear. Most of our fishing was done by sight casting. Danny and I had an excellent day, each of us catching and releasing at least a dozen fish—not counting the dozens more we lost by not setting our hooks quick enough!

The second day we were on our own. Jesse had shown us several spots on the river, so we returned to them and had another great day of fishing. I recommend Beavers Bend State Park (580-494-6300) and guide Jesse King (580-494-6115) to anyone looking for a four-day or longer getaway trout fishing experience! The scenery, lodging, and fishing were outstanding!

Glen McComb, Austin