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.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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