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I remember my first time fishing for wild trout in a creek in Colorado.

I was about 30 years old and some friends and I had made arrangements with a rancher to conduct a three day drop camp hunt for mule deer at his ranch near Silverton. When we arrived the rancher had the camp fully set up and a supply of aspen wood for the wood stove. It gets chilly in the mountains in October! When making plans for our drop camp he asked if we would like to fish and the answer was a resounding YES! He mentioned a small stream that ran through his property and was full of brown trout.

Neither of us were fly fishermen but we all packed our light spinning gear with a selection of small spinners and several jars of salmon eggs, light clamp weights and small trout hooks.

None of us put our mark on a mule deer on this hunt. We might have been more successful if we had hunted all day rather than returning to camp after a short morning hunt and fishing in the creek until the afternoon hunt. During this short hunt I became addicted to catching and eating trout. Admittedly the Brookies were small trout but they put up a great fight with the ultra light tackle we used and they were a gourmet treat wrapped in tinfoil, butter and a squeeze of lemon!

Later, my friend and I organized moose and bear hunts in the mountains north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The ranch we leased for hunting had an excellent trout stream very close to camp. Here we landed some big trout, both German brown and rainbow. Between groups of hunters we spent time fishing in the ranch’s private waters and the catch was very good. I still remember some of the amazing wild rice and grilled trout meals!

A highlight of trout fishing is enjoying the stunning scenery along the trout streams. It seems that trout and beautiful country go hand in hand. For just a few weeks I was fishing for giant lake trout and northern pike in far north Saskatchewan, Canada. Fishing up north got me thinking about trout waters close to home that don’t require a long drive to the Rockies. Oklahoma and Arkansas have some great trout streams. The White River in Arkansas below Bull Shoals is prime trout fishing and in Oklahoma we have Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow Lake. A section of this river runs through Beavers Bend State Park and has provided easy access for many Texas fishermen.

The Little Red River below Greers Ferry Reservoir in Arkansas near Heber Springs may not be as well known as the White River but offers excellent trout fishing on the 29 miles of superb trout habitat below the dam at Greers Ferry. This stretch of river is known for its jumbo brown trout and plenty of action on hard-fought rainbows. Accommodation and guides are available at many resorts along the river.

The lower Illinois River below Ten Killer Dam, about six miles northeast of Gore, Oklahoma in Sequoyah County, also offers excellent trout fishing. Located about 8 miles north of Tishomingo, Blue River is a great spot that’s usually well-stocked with rainbows.

To start your search for trout water, the Arkansas (www.agfc.com) and Oklahoma (www.wildlifedept.com) Fish and Game Departments are great resources. It’s also a good idea to google trout guides in the areas you want to fish and give them a call and explore the possibility of booking a trip. I highly recommend hiring a guide for waters that are new to you, at least for this first trip. You will learn a lot and then when you decide to go fishing on your own you will have a good idea of ​​where and how to be successful.

A guided trout trip on the White River is a great introduction to trout fishing. The White is well stocked with trout and you have a very real chance of catching a big one. A great place to be based here is Copper John’s Resort www.copperjohnsresort.com, located on the banks of the river below Bull Shoals Dam. Mike Decker (501-515-1119) leads on the white and is an excellent source of information.

TACKLE FOR TROUT

Traditionally, trout fishermen use either fly rods or spinners. Tricking a trout with a fly designed to mimic an insect the trout feed on could be the ultimate fishing challenge and the reason so many trout anglers are fly fishermen. But many trout end up on ultralight tackle spinners with 4-6 pound line and very small hooks, size 8-14. Live or prepared bait always works best, but not all trout waters allow it so it’s important to check local regulations.

Flies and small spinners or jigs will also catch fish (in some areas lures and barbless hooks are required). Fish near large rocks and logs, and in eddy waters next to deeper holes. Bends in the stream often hold trout. Cast upstream and hold a tight line while letting the current move the bait. I’ve always wondered how a trout could aim for a tiny dry fly, salmon egg or small spinner in fast moving water. Trout, like largemouth bass, are ambush feeders and often hang out near large rocks on the downstream in still water. If the bait swims through the strike, it does so quickly as the fish tries to snatch dinner before the current pushes it downstream.

Contact outdoor writer Luke Clayton via email. His website is www.catfishradio.org

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