Many "Lost" Day at the Blue River, Tishomingo, OK

by Rob Ruff
(Wichita Falls, TX )

On Dec 21st I headed to the Blue River. It's a spring fed river and during Nov to March it's stocked with trout. Summer temps are too warm to keep it a year round trout fishery. I used my Nissan Royal Stage 400 6:4, #3.5 LL, and 5X tippet. I used several different flies but initially I started out with a brown killer bug. I was on the river by 7:30 AM and on the very first cast, a fish found the fly. Had him to the net but at the very last moment the hook released. I then proceeded to lose 4 more within that hour. Had no takers on the pink chenille worm. I did get quite a few hookups using a partidge and purple kebari. I wrapped copper wire behind the hook eye making a head which added some weight. I also fattened up the body by tying yarn under the thread. For the day, I ended up landing 3 trout and lost a total of 8, all seemed to spit the hook right at the net! The last trout I hooked was in a very unlikely spot. I was standing on a large boulder near some very deep, slow moving water. I was lazily letting a kebari drift and sink in the slow water when I saw a trout surface feeding to my right. I made one cast and as soon at the fly hit the water the fight was on. He jumped twice and fought hard. As I was bringing him to the net (was planning on keeping him) and he freed himself! Gotta give him credit! I kept the 3 that I managed to net and ate one that night when I arrived home. Fun day.

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Dec 22, 2015
Nice Report
by: Terry Farmer

Those self released at my feet are my favorite kind of landings.

Dec 22, 2015
I noticed a misspelling
by: Rob Ruff

Nissin is the correct manufacturer of the Royal Stage, not Nissan!

Dec 22, 2015
so true
by: Rob Ruff

That's true when I'm not planning on keeping any.

Dec 30, 2015
Blue River
by: Martin Weaver

Did you fish the Catch and Release area or the south part of the river? Have not been to the Blue this year.

Dec 30, 2015
C & R
by: Rob Ruff

I didn't fish the C&R part. My plan was to fish the morning, catch and keep 5,then hike to the C&R zone. That didn't transpire due to me losing fish. I've been monitoring the gauging stations and the river is running very high now due to the winter storm that passed through recently.

Dec 30, 2015
Blue River
by: Martin Weaver

Unfortunately every trout river or stream is blown out right now in OK. We still have some ponds and lakes that are stocked and fishable. I'll have to try my Tenkara rod next time I get to the Blue.

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