Tuesday, March 1, 2011

LMRF One Fly

The last couple of years I have gone up to the Lower Mountain Fork Foundation One Fly Fundraiser.  It is a fun event that raises money to put to river projects and other river enhancements.  It is also a chance to get together with some darn good friends and I always try to make a few more every year.

This year was no different as I got together with Eric Jackson and David Dillow on Friday night after fishing.  David is kind enough to offer up his cabin to Eric and I so the least I could do was burn some steaks for Nic, David's wife and the boys.  Eric brings the Scotch and all be darned if I did not come home with it ! 

Friday fishing was good as I got there in the PM and met David and Bree ( the cool fishing dog ) for some Oklahoma trout.  We explored the Evening Hole as most of the crowd had not shown up yet and the trout were cooperative on Soft Hackles, Midges and Pheasant Tails.

Saturday was a early wake up call for the One Fly.  We hit registration for the fly of choice.  This year was a tough one as we were given a size 16 Parachute Adams Dry Fly.   Oh yeah, it was sunny and the fish were NOT looking up.  I realized right away we were going to have to sink this bad boy and fish it sub-surface.  It did not take long on the 4th drift to hook a 17" bow in Lost Creek.  I have never spent much time on the Creek and it has never been that good to me, but all my fish in the tourney came from the creek.  Very surprising to say the least.  The pic below is not a great pic to say the least, but this male was a really cool looking fish.  You'll have to take my word for it.

Everyone had a good time at the One Fly and lots of money was raised for the river.  Many thanks to the ODWC, LMFR Foundation Directors and Menbers who participated in the event.  One thing I want to add.  The Department has done a wonderful job with the redo on Spillway Creek.  The habitat there looks great.  If we only had some regs on that stretch of the Fork.  Fished it PM Saturday and when the fish are able to stay in the river instead of being harvested left and right, it fishes great.  The work there is wonderful and should be mentioned. 

Cheers everyone and good fishing,