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BLUE RIVER'S AMBASSADOR: For 27 years, Scotty McCarthick has been the face of Blue River

Scotty McCarthick has served thousands of "Scotty burgers" to Blue River anglers at his Scotty's Blue River One Stop at the entrance of the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. After 27 years in business and being an enthusiastic supporter of Blue River, McCarthick has sold the store and will retire July 1. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN] 

Scotty McCarthick has served thousands of "Scotty burgers" to Blue River anglers at his Scotty's Blue River One Stop at the entrance of the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. After 27 years in business and being an enthusiastic supporter of Blue River, McCarthick has sold the store and will retire July 1. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN] 

TISHOMINGO — Almost everyone who has fished the Blue River also has eaten a Scotty burger.

For 27 years, Scotty's Blue River One Stop has been in business at the entrance to the Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area about 10 miles northeast of Tishomingo in Johnston County.

Scotty McCarthick is the owner of Scotty's Blue River One Stop. He has been the store owner, fry cook and local fishing expert for more than a quarter of a century at one of Oklahoma's most beautiful and popular fishing holes.

Scotty's Blue River One Stop is a very busy place during the winter trout season as anglers come through seeking fishing supplies, fishing information and those famous Scotty burgers.

“He's fed many a hungry trout fisherman,” said Donny Carter of Stratford, a regular visitor to the Blue River.

After more than two decades of selling trout bait and grilling hamburgers, McCarthick is retiring. Blue River One Stop will remain, but it won't be Scotty's anymore.

McCarthick, 64, has sold the business to a family friend, Jason Lafevers, and June 30 will be his final day as owner.

Scotty's Blue River One Stop is iconic among Blue River's trout anglers, and Scotty is Blue River's greatest ambassador.

He grew up near the Blue in the Bullard Chapel community, waded and fished the stream as a kid and learned how to swim in its spring-fed waters.

McCarthick lives just a minute and a half from his store and only slightly longer from his beloved Blue River. He is president of the Blue River Association and co-sponsors the annual trout derbies on the Blue.

“It's everything to me,” McCarthick said of the Blue River. “It's basically been my livelihood nearly half of my life. The other half I grew up on Blue.

“People don't realize what Blue River really is until they come and visit. It's a beautiful river. I can't think of anywhere else in the world I would rather be.”

Many anglers feel the same way. Several years ago, before fishing licenses were sold only online, Scotty's Blue River One Stop was the second-largest fishing license dealer in the state.

McCarthick's customers come from Dallas and Wichita and all stops in between to fish the Blue, mostly during the winter trout season. Many of them are like family.

“I wish trout season was longer than five months because that's about the only time I get to see them,” he said. “They will lie to you every now and then, mostly about the size of the fish they catch.”

Some, however, return in the summer just for the Scotty burgers.

“I have been fishing the Blue River since 1985, and for the last 20 years or so, the hamburgers have been as much of a draw to the Blue as the trout,” said Chris Smith of Duncan.

Matt Gamble, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's fisheries biologist assigned to Blue River, said Scotty's Blue River One Stop is identified with Johnston County as much as the Blue itself.

“Just about anybody that comes to Blue River comes to Scotty's first,” Gamble said. “Scotty is almost the face of the river, really.”

Now that he has sold the store, McCarthick plans to start practicing what he has been preaching for the past 27 years and spend more time fishing the Blue.

He and Ginny, his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, also plan to travel to Kansas and Minnesota and spend more time with their grandchildren.

But he doesn't plan to leave the Blue, the only place he's called home for almost 65 years, for very long. McCarthick likely will still be greeting anglers at the Blue River One Stop, except he won't be doing it from behind the counter anymore.

Asked what he plans to do on July 1, the first official day of his retirement, McCarthick said he will probably go to the store that morning and "be one of the coffee drinkers."

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<p>Photos of anglers with their prize catches cover a wall between the restroom and the grill area inside Scotty's Blue River One Stop near Tishomingo. The store which sells burgers and bait is iconic among Blue River anglers. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN]</p>

Photos of anglers with their prize catches cover a wall between the restroom and the grill area inside Scotty's Blue River One Stop near Tishomingo. The store which sells burgers and bait is iconic among Blue River anglers. [PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN]

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