Blue River Fly Classic

Blue River Fly Classic
A One Pattern Fly Event

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blue River Fly Classic Schedule For March 4th

The deadline for entering the Blue River Fly Classic 2017 is tomorrow, February 15th.

This years event is shaping up to be a dandy with a lot of interest.  Here are the details of what will take place on March 4th.

We ask all contestants to be at the beginning point by 6:50 a.m. on March 4th.  This event starts promptly at 7 a.m.  The rules will be read first.  Then the winner of the Guess The Mystery Fly will be announced and the winner will announce the identity of the Mystery Fly.

The score card will be explained and then pairings announced.  All contestants will be required to return to the base camp no later than 12 o'clock noon to turn in their score cards.

There will be three individual awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  This year there will also be a top team score winner.

Lunch will be served while organizers are adding scores. Raffle and auction items by silent auction or other means will be offered.  Winner of these prizes will be announced.

There will be three Spirit of the Blue awards awarded this year and the Keeper Of The River award will be announced.

T shirts will be handed out as the event comes to an end.

Everyone is asked to bring a chair to sit in and their choice of drink.

Look for the large vendor tent, the Blue River Fly Fishers flag, and Ralph Fullenwider's Bluebird motor coach, the "Ruff Diamond".

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Guess The Mystery Fly Game - Clue #5

Here is the fifth clue in the Guess The Mystery Fly Game.  We require an exact name, color, beadhead or not, and size of hook of the Mystery Fly.

Submit your answer in the comment sections of the Prairie Ocean Fly Fisher blog, or by email to, or in the comment section of the Blue River Fly Classic Facebook page.

Clue #5.  Although the material on this Mystery Fly has been dyed, the color is not tan.

Good luck!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Guess The Mystery Fly Game

This is the forth clue for this year's Guess The Mystery Fly Game.

We want an exact answer including the name of the pattern, color, beadhead or not and size.  Submit your answer either here in the comment section, or by email at, or in the comment box of the Blue River Fly Classic Facebook page.

Here is today's clue.  "Although the most popular version of this fly is with the material in it's natural color there are some patterns that use dyed material.  The majority material used in the construction of this fly is reported to have been used for the first time over 300 years ago.  However, this Mystery Fly uses a "dyed" material, not the natural color."

Good luck!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Guess The Mystery Fly Game - Clue #3

Here is clue #3 in our Guess The Mystery Fly Game.  Once again we are looking for an exact name of this pattern including color, whether it has or does not have a beadhead, and even hook size.

Submit your answer either in the comment section of this blog post, or email it to, or submit your answer in the comment section of the Blue River Fly Classic Facebook page.

Here is the clue.  The original pattern of this fly has undergone many additions or variations over the years including the addition of flash materials and even rubber legs at time.  However, the original form is still the most popular and considered by many as the most popular fly in the world.

Good luck.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Guess The Mystery Fly Game - Clue #2

Here is clue #2 in our Guess The Mystery Fly Game and remember we are going to require the exact name, including color, whether it has or does not have a beadhead and even size of hook.

Submit your answer by one of these three ways.  Send your answer by email to, or submit your answer in the comment section of this post, or go to the Blue River Fly Classic page on Facebook and submit your answer there.

Here is the clue:

The technique of fishing this pattern, along with others in its classification, became popularized by print publication shortly after 1900.

Good luck.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Guess The Mystery Fly Game 2017 - Clue #1

It's time to play the Guess The Mystery Fly game for the Blue River Fly Classic 2017.  You can submit your guess one of several ways.  You can leave your guess here in the comments section, or email your guess to, or submit your guess in the comment section of the Blue River Fly Classic Facebook page.

One guess per person per clue.  This year we will require an exact description or name of the fly including color and whether or not it is a beadhead fly or not.

Here is clue #1.  It can be said that this fly is truly a classic, but it is not a dry fly.

Good luck!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Blue River Fly Classic 2017 - Season 6

Blue River Fly Classic 2017

General Information

Date Of Event: March 4th, 2017
Place: Blue River Public Fishing And Hunting Area
Time Of Event: 7:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.
Starting Point: Main Parking Lot Campground Area Blue River
Blind Pairings Will Be Prior To Start Of Event
Entry Fee: $35.00 Per Contestant


The purpose of the Blue River Fly Classic is two-fold. First, the mission of this event is create a day of greater fellowship among the fly fishing community on Blue River. Secondly, this event is designed as a fund raising event with the totality of monies raised by entries fees going directly to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife in support of the Catch and Release section at Blue River. Funds will be monitored by and through the Blue River Association.


*A same pattern will only be used. . NOTE: Contestants will be given two flies.

*All contestants will receive the same pattern and the pattern will remain a mystery until the start of the event. When a contestant loses the fly (or flies) then that contestant is out. If the contestant loses the fly (or flies) and wishes to continue fishing for the sake of fishing then that contestant must turn their score card over to the person they are paired with.

*Contestants will be allowed to retie their fly, but must notify their partner they are doing so.

*Dry flies as strike indicators will not be allowed.

*Scored fish are fish brought to hand. Each contestant must alert their partner when a fish is brought to hand.

*Each contestant is responsible for keeping their own score card.

*Each contestant should devise a way for measuring fish that are caught. Length of each fish scores additional points.

*This entire event is based on the honor system.

 *Deadline for entering is February 15th 2017.

A copy of the general information, rules, and entry form will be available December 26th, 2016. To obtain an entry form contact  An entry form will be sent to you as an attachment. Print the entry form, fill it out, include payment and mail both in. You will receive a confirmation email once your entry is received.


Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.  Prizes will be announced at a later date.

There will be a number of give-away prizes also in a random drawing.

Blue River Fly Classic
Entry Form
Date of Event:  March 4th, 2017
Entry Deadline:  February 15th, 2017

The Blue River Association nor any individual or organization assumes responsibility for damage, injury, or other problems which arise directly or indirectly from anyone’s participation or involvement, in any way, in this event.


Mailing Address:_________________________________________

City:____________________  State______________ Zip Code_________


Cell Phone*_____________________________________
*This is the cell phone you will be carrying the date of the event.  Contact reasons only.

Check appropriate boxes:

____Entry Fee enclosed (Please check or money order only) IMPORTANT:  Please make check or money order payable to the Blue River Association.  Entry fee is $35.00.

____I would like to buy ___  $2.00 chances at the Master Forge Propane Smoker.

____ Indicate tee shirt size:*  M  L  XL  XXL Other________
* We are hopeful of acquiring tee shirts for this event.  If we are successful in doing so we would like to know the size you would wear.

____ Sorry, I can’t make the event but would like to make a contribution.

Total enclosed:___________________

PLEASE NOTE:  Make check or money order payable to Blue River Association.  However, mail completed entry form along with fees to the following address.

Barry C. Shrader
Blue River Fly Classic
700 E. Wynnewood
Sulphur, OK 73086

I will deliver all entry fees to the Blue River Association where they will be held until the event is completed.  Once the event is completed the Blue River Association will issue payment to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife in support of the Catch & Release area at Blue River.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A New Trout Season - A New Agenda

The first eleven days of trout season at Blue River has been a fun and enjoyable time for me.  Trout season actually started a few days early with a stocking taking place on October 27th.  Water temperatures were in the upper 60's, but the trout seemed to be fairing well.

When the first Saturday of official trout season rolled around it was time for the annual get-together of the Blue River Fly Fishers to take place.  Approximately 30 people were in attendance and the Dutch oven and cast iron recipes were wonderful.  And, Scott Dittner presented the group with our own flag... something we have been wanting for a good long while.

There is a new initiative on Blue River that is in effect now and will remain in effect.  Blue River has been designated as a Pack It In - Pack It Out area.  Simply stated that means that all of us are responsible for the trash we generate while visiting or camping at Blue.  The trash barrels have been removed from the camping area, but the dumpsters in the main parking area remain.  If you arrive and are surprised by this news there is an ample supply of free trash bags at Scottys Blue River One Stop.  Trash bags will be donated this trout season, but after that everyone should be well enough informed and bring their own bags.  All of us who purchase a fishing or hunting license or wildlife conservation passport are vested partners in the Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area.  As such, it seems to make sense that we would take care of our investment and the way we do that is to make sure the land and the water is clean.  So please, lets make Blue River the cleanest river in Oklahoma.

Pick It Up and Pack It Out please. 
In the first week of trout season over 9000 trout were stocked in the river.  The fishing has been excellent.  The trout were stacking up as they usually do, but with time they will spread out.  They seemed to be willing to taste just about anything and everything thrown at them.  For this fly fisherman it was Pink Frenchies, Alimony flies, Barrs Emergers, Cracklebacks, Partridge and Orange, twin Zebra and Red Midge Larva patterns.

The second week of trout season was a special time at the river when the North Texas chapter of Project Healing Waters brought participating Veterans to Blue River for a fly fishing outing that would last three days.  I enlisted the help of some great anglers including, Kody Young, Scott Dittner, Chris Adams, and Ralph James.  Several of the vets had never fly fished before, but all of them got into the trout.  It was extremely rewarding being able to be a part of this great effort.

The Blue River Trout Derby is taking place this weekend.  We should know all the winners sometime this afternoon.

Good fishing to everyone!