Thursday, January 28, 2016

Guess The Mystery Fly - Clue #6

It's time for this years Blue River Fly Classic "Guess The Mystery Fly" game.  To enter you must be planning on entering the Blue River Fly Classic that takes place March 5th.  To submit your answer you can post in the comments section of this blog, or respond to the post on Blue River Oklahoma All Trout Fishing on Facebook, reply to the post on the Blue River Fly Fishers group on Yahoo, or send your answer to fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com

The winner will be the first correct guess received.  The winner will receive a practical piece of fly fishing gear and that will be awarded at the Fly Classic on March 5th. 

Okay, we are going to make this a bonus clue so to speak with there being actually two clues within one.  There are two words in the mystery flies name and the name is often followed by the word nymph.  Either answer will be accepted as long as the name is correct.  However, the mystery fly is intended to imitate a caddis larva.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Guess The Mystery Fly - Clue #5

It's time for this years Blue River Fly Classic "Guess The Mystery Fly" game.  To enter you must be planning on entering the Blue River Fly Classic that takes place March 5th.  To submit your answer you can post in the comments section of this blog, or respond to the post on Blue River Oklahoma All Trout Fishing on Facebook, reply to the post on the Blue River Fly Fishers group on Yahoo, or send your answer to fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com

The winner will be the first correct guess received.  The winner will receive a practical piece of fly fishing gear and that will be awarded at the Fly Classic on March 5th. 

Here is clue #5.  Although the fly shop has the mystery fly classified as an Attractor, most will say this fly is actually a nymph and nymph is part of the name of this fly.

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Guess The Mystery Fly - Clue #4

It's time for this years Blue River Fly Classic "Guess The Mystery Fly" game.  To enter you must be planning on entering the Blue River Fly Classic that takes place March 5th.  To submit your answer you can post in the comments section of this blog, or respond to the post on Blue River Oklahoma All Trout Fishing on Facebook, reply to the post on the Blue River Fly Fishers group on Yahoo, or send your answer to fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com

The winner will be the first correct guess received.  The winner will receive a practical piece of fly fishing gear and that will be awarded at the Fly Classic on March 5th. 

Here is clue #4.

The mystery fly pattern uses a tungsten bead head and normally three or four wraps of lead wire.

Good luck. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Guess The Mystery Fly - Clue #3

It's time for this years Blue River Fly Classic "Guess The Mystery Fly" game.  To enter you must be planning on entering the Blue River Fly Classic that takes place March 5th.  To submit your answer you can post in the comments section of this blog, or respond to the post on Blue River Oklahoma All Trout Fishing on Facebook, reply to the post on the Blue River Fly Fishers group on Yahoo, or send your answer to fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com

The winner will be the first correct guess received.  The winner will receive a practical piece of fly fishing gear and that will be awarded at the Fly Classic on March 5th. 

Although the mystery fly is considered an attractor pattern, it is not a dry fly.

Good luck!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Guess The Mystery Fly - Clue #2

It's time for this years Blue River Fly Classic "Guess The Mystery Fly" game.  To enter you must be planning on entering the Blue River Fly Classic that takes place March 5th.  To submit your answer you can post in the comments section of this blog, or respond to the post on Blue River Oklahoma All Trout Fishing on Facebook, reply to the post on the Blue River Fly Fishers group on Yahoo, or send your answer to fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com

The winner will be the first correct guess received.  The winner will receive a practical piece of fly fishing gear and that will be awarded at the Fly Classic on March 5th. 

Clue #2.  This pattern is often fished in tandem fashion.

Good luck.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Guess The Mystery Fly Game Begins

It's time for this years Blue River Fly Classic "Guess The Mystery Fly" game.  To enter you must be planning on entering the Blue River Fly Classic that takes place March 5th.  To submit your answer you can post in the comments section of this blog, or respond to the post on Blue River Oklahoma All Trout Fishing on Facebook, reply to the post on the Blue River Fly Fishers group on Yahoo, or send your answer to fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com

The winner will be the first correct guess received.  The winner will receive a practical piece of fly fishing gear and that will be awarded at the Fly Classic on March 5th. 

Daily clues will be posted until a winner is announced.

Here is clue #1. 

The mystery fly is considered an Attractor pattern.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Blue Christmas

A seaman is meant to be at sea.  Now, most would think with holidays and shore leave granted, that I would be content to stay dry docked at the harbor home.  However, with the eldest daughter two states away and a grandson at the extreme northern part of this prairie ocean I found myself pacing the planks. 

This wouldn't be the first time I had sailed to Blue River on Christmas day and this year my buddy Van Stacey would also hoist the iron.  At Blue River we both threw anchor around 9:30 and headed straight to the current.

Having tied a red ass Frenchie the night before, I was excited to see what this lad would or would not do  Above Cottonwood Pool I sent him out on his maiden voyage and it didn't seem like he had been wet anytime at all until a bow slammed him.  My reaction was a hard thrust skyward and with these two dynamic actions heading in different directions, the red ass was lost at sea.  Sad ending for a chap that had just been brought to life.

 
Fortunately I had a backup red ass Frenchie... a rather battle worn one I must say, but he would have to do.  At the end of this outing his service would prove to be exemplary. 
 
I only sent two flies out Christmas day.  The olive wooly bugger would also serve well alongside the Frenchie.  For Van, it was also an olive wooly bugger and one of his Marabears.  Once the action slowed on both, he reluctantly tied on a Frenchie and lo and behold if he didn't start catching trout again.  Old sea dogs like me love to smile when those occasions come around.
 
 
 
Van and I would fish only above the crossing and then below.  It didn't seem like it mattered where we sent out our offerings.  The trout seemed to be in each location.  It wasn't a lot of trout, mainly one or two here and the same at the next spot.  The Island was pretty much taken by two other anglers, so we migrated downstream to the Flats and Riffles and better trout action there.
 
At the end of our short outing we had managed about thirty trout souls to our hands.  All were returned to live a little longer. 
 
 
On the way out I had to stop by and take a picture of these Blue fans celebrating the Christmas season.  Hope everyone had a merry one.
 


 


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Picture Perfect

My last two outings to Blue River have been grand and enjoyable affairs. On Sunday, I got to meet some new anglers at Blue and put names to faces.  Also, on Sunday I got to fish with two great buddies in Van Stacey and Michael Mercurio.  The fishing wasn't fast and furious, but still quite rewarding.  Starting out at the Flats below the Island, three bows came to my hand courtesy of the olive Wooly Bugger.  Van was having success down in the riffles with the Marabear that he ties. 

We eventually migrated upstream and Van started at Cottonwood Pool catching two in rather fast order.  I positioned myself about thirty feet upstream from him and tied on a Frenchie in pink under the bugger.  The trout fell in love with the Frenchie.  Landed five in the same run while Van was catching more further upstream at this point.  Michael Mercurio was long overdue and I had a good idea of where he might be ... visiting his girlfriend Seventeen.

Van and I took a break at Scotty's for coffee and then headed downstream in Area 1.  As we neared Seventeen I saw a familiar fellow standing in the middle of this magnificent little pool doing what he does best - drifting.  Mercurio had been there awhile and reported good success with the Partridge and Orange soft hackle.  He is probably the best drift fly fisherman I know and it's mesmerizing watching how he works his rod and line. 

Van and I would join him at Seventeen and further up, and all of us were capturing trout.  I finally tired of the indicator and decided to high stick an olive bugger and this technique worked best. 

 
 
 
 
 
Blue River is as pretty as I have ever seen. Her flow is back to what it once was and it seems to be staying at this fantastic flow.  Our day would come to an end Sunday and for me it didn't look like I would get to return until after the News Year.  However, the report that huge amounts of rain were predicted for this weekend led me to think of a way to return to the river soon.  Necessity is the mother of invention.
 
I got to the mercantile store at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.  Got my work done and was out the door by 11 o' clock headed to the Blue.  My plan today was to explore and see if the rains of this season had dispersed the trout. 
 
I started out across the river and it was here my exploration of fishing pools of possibility began.  It was capture a fish in a certain pool and then move to the next while in the process of answering the question, "Have the trout spread out?"  The answer, "Yes!"
 
Before the day would end I would fish Area 6, Teds Pool, and Seventeen.  All produced trout. Only two flies were used - an olive Wooly Bugger and Pink Frenchie.  They were either fished alone or in tandem.  It was a fruitful day. 
 
I had time to do two short videos that I hope shows some of the intimate water I enjoyed today.
 

 
 
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