Though COVID continues to have a dramatic impact on our lives we were able to have a wonderful year on Dry Run Creek.
DRC runs next to the Norfork National Fish Hatchery and would be almost dry without approximately 1 million gallons an hour of cold, highly oxygenated Lake Norfork water flowing into the hatchery and then discharged into the creek. Throughout the year, world class rainbows, brown and cutthroat trout swim into DRC from the Norfork tailwaters and are routinely caught by youth under the age of 16 and mobility impaired individuals.
We are fortunate to have Dry Run Creek as a wonderful resource for kids and families to experience the thrill of catching world class trout.
Steve's Dry Run Creek program introduces kids to the various trout species, various bugs in the creek the trout eat and why healthy, cold water is vital to their health and survival.
A demonstration is given on tying a basic “fur on a hook” Sowbug/Scud hybrid fly which can then be used to catch trout. Youth and adults are also given the opportunity to tie the fly.
Medals and Certificates of Achievement are awarded to youth who accomplish the following objectives:
Catch trout using a tenkara fly rod
Identify the species of trout in Dry Run Creek
Identify various macroinvertebrates in the creek such as sowbugs, scuds and flat worms
Understand the importance of healthy, cold water for trout habitat
There is something truly special about connecting kids with trout fishing on Dry Run Creek and in 2021 about 100 kids enjoyed our Arkansas White River Chapter TU and Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers Youth Outreach Program on Dry Run Creek.
For more information about Dry Run Creek and how youth and mobility impaired individuals can enjoy world class trout fishing, please feel free to contact Steve Blumreich.
Steve Blumreich Vice President Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers Board Member Arkansas White River Chapter 698 Trout Unlimited 417-839-0193 Sblum1326@gmail.com