I am sitting here writing this at 3 a.m. I can’t sleep until I get this story down.
Last week, I guided a couple of anglers that were part of a corporate group that I work with several times a year near the confluence of Dry Run Creek and the North Fork River. We looked up the creek and noticed two anglers fishing on the lower section.
Dry Run Creek is a catch-and-release section that has been set aside for children under 16 years of age and the handicapped. From our vantage point, the anglers appeared to be well over 16 and to get into the rugged section they were fishing in, they could not be handicapped.
Like most fly fishing guides, I am very protective of our catch-and-release waters, and if anything, I am overly protective of Dry Run Creek. This is the gem of our trout waters. The place is teeming with huge trout and it is the perfect place to introduce your children or grandchildren to trout fishing. I have been guiding on it for around 25 years.
I began taking my daughter, Katherine, there, when she was 12. We spent many days there during her childhood and one of our most cherished memories is when she landed a 27-inch rainbow on a frigid winter day on our last trip there.
Years later we returned with her children. She wanted them to experience the thrill that she had on the creek. It all came home, when her son, John, landed a 21-inch brown trout, when he was 5 years old.
This is also the place where we took a group of Wounded Warriors and a group of cancer survivors from Casting for Recovery (both with the written permission of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission). More....