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Bue River Trout Derby #12584622
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My son and I have fished the Blue in Tish, OK area for about 4 years now. He's 13 and it's provided some great (occasionally freakin cold) memories. This year we're going up for the trout derby in mid-Feb...weather permitting.
Have you ever fished the Blue during the Derby? With stocked bigger trout like that, should i treat them similar to a stocked bow that's just smaller with regards to them needing time to adjust to their environment before knowing what to actually eat?
We were planning on using streamers when possible, but have done a ton of beaded nymphs like GBHE tandem with a smaller non-beaded, different color nymph 18" below it....all under a strike indicator.
Thought on that same approach with the stocked larger bows? Possibly step up the size of our nymphs and streamers?
Thanks in advance....tight lines to all and to all a line tight.

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Think of Black Friday or a video game release. Elbow to elbow angling. Fly casting can be a bit tough with such close quarters. Of course your experience might be different But I would recommend waiting until it's over and then heading up.


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I agree with Robin on that. I'm surprised those trout can even swim without snagging themselves on all the hooks in the water. I try to avoid the Derby like the plague. There are nearly always some of the big trout left after the derby is over.

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As much as I didn’t want to hear that, i’m glad you said it. Thanks.

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They are right on that for sure they have been loading the river with fish. A lot of people will use their “hall pass” on the derby. That following week crowds will be way down. Also the fish that were not eating after stocking will be on the feed. Especially with your son I think you all would be well advised to heed that warning.


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If you go know how to remove a hook lol


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Thanks Robert. At first, I thought that was Hughes Crossing. Regardless, I get the point. I pitched it to my son and he's coming around to the idea of going up the week after. Pops is driving up from Houston with the RV, so it needs to be enjoyable for all. He just got into fly fishing and I helped him catch his first couple bows there at the blue in mid November.
Can I get your, and anyone else's take on popular flies, for a say a 4 lb trout that was stocked a week earlier?

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Originally Posted By: FishDaddyFrisco
Thanks Robert. At first, I thought that was Hughes Crossing. Regardless, I get the point. I pitched it to my son and he's coming around to the idea of going up the week after. Pops is driving up from Houston with the RV, so it needs to be enjoyable for all. He just got into fly fishing and I helped him catch his first couple bows there at the blue in mid November.
Can I get your, and anyone else's take on popular flies, for a say a 4 lb trout that was stocked a week earlier?


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Re: Bue River Trout Derby [Re: FishDaddyFrisco] #12586001
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When I was living in Texas I would make it a point to fish the Blue River several days and the weekend AFTER the Derby ...good times!!!

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Since you fly fish why not wait until the "one fly" tournament March 3rd I think. Most of the Derby is bait fishing.


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Originally Posted By: FishDaddyFrisco
Thanks Robert. At first, I thought that was Hughes Crossing. Regardless, I get the point. I pitched it to my son and he's coming around to the idea of going up the week after. Pops is driving up from Houston with the RV, so it needs to be enjoyable for all. He just got into fly fishing and I helped him catch his first couple bows there at the blue in mid November.
Can I get your, and anyone else's take on popular flies, for a say a 4 lb trout that was stocked a week earlier?
opening day of keep season in Missouri but yes I think y’all will have a great time that week after if schedules work out for sure. Smurfs named some good flys as well


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We tie our own flies, for the most part and are always looking to learn new patterns, so thanks again guys. I hadn’t looked into that March one fly tournament Turf. Thanks for the recommendation. Both boys have a birthday then which would be fun. We may be in E Tx chasing the sandies, but we’ll see.
I was actually already tying olive buggers this morning. Just bought some peacock heel and looking to incorporate that into some flies as well. Maybe as a head on a midge. Anyway, thx again.

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A few years ago I had tied up a bunch of Cap Spiders to use on Caddo Lake. Looking at them, I couldn't see why they wouldn't also work on trout, perhaps with the rubber legs trimmed back quite a bit. I hiked up to the catch and release area on Blue and decided to put my theory to the test. I was also fishing a very soft, slow action Japanese 3 weight fiberglass rod that day. I hooked several trout of 18-20" and would have a pretty good fight for about 10-15 seconds, then the fish was gone. At first I just thought they had somehow shook loose the hook. I finally looked at the hook and it had been almost straightened out after 3 or 4 of those large trout. I had tied the Cap Spiders on 1/80 and 1/100 oz. jigs and the bronze wire hooks were just too thin. I ordered some more jigs of the same size with a thicker and stiffer hook, but for some reason I just never have tied any more Cap Spiders.

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Thanks for the feedback Larry.

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Fished the Blue yesterday. Took all morning to catch a limit, throwing flies, in-line spinners and jigs. After catching my keepers on spinning tackle I broke out the fly rod and waded knee deep. Did not get any hits with the fly rod and after about an hour in the water the legs started getting numb from the cold. Overall a good day, albeit with a very cold morning (temp on car said 26 degrees when I arrived). Three of the keepers will be dinner tonight.

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Originally Posted By: JCG57
Fished the Blue yesterday. Took all morning to catch a limit, throwing flies, in-line spinners and jigs. After catching my keepers on spinning tackle I broke out the fly rod and waded knee deep. Did not get any hits with the fly rod and after about an hour in the water the legs started getting numb from the cold. Overall a good day, albeit with a very cold morning (temp on car said 26 degrees when I arrived). Three of the keepers will be dinner tonight.



I was there yesterday myself. Started at the sand bar area of Hugh's Crossing then went to the walk-in area for a few hours then back to the sand bar before dark. I had a great day with some good sized fish and most all hard fighters.


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It's nearing that time of year again!! Has anyone noticed that Scott's website is down? Normally it is directly where I go to get info on the upcoming trout season (not that anything really changes year to year).
My son and I were talking yesterday about how this year, we're finally going to abandon the shoulder to shoulder "fishing" within 150 yards of Hughes crossing and head up to the area just N of Hwy 7. It's gorgeous up there and hopefully less crowded.
We had the fortunate opportunity to fish the Frying Pan river this summer in CO, so we got our fix on fish not too long ago. Anyway, we'll be up there just like every year.

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Scotty retired and sold the store. Not sure if they will still have the website


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Barry Schrader has long been the authority on fly fishing at the blue river. He blogged about it for many years.
I copied Barry's email address from his blog. fishingcowboyblue@yahoo.com
http://prairieoceanflyfisher.blogspot.com/?m=1
I'm sure he would be happy to answer anyone's questions about the derby.

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For those who might be planning on coming to the Blue for the season opener, I would like to warn you that the river is high and fast at this time. Current streamflow is at 257 cubic feet per second, far above normal flow. All the streams in the area are running high. The water is fairly clear, just high and fast. It has only dropped about 30 cfs. over the past week or two.

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River was flowing and high yesterday but the trout are there now. Watched 1 guy with fly rod really doing well above a set of falls. Good clarity of water.
Derby is weekend of Nov 10th

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Flow rate well over 400 and rising. Hopefully the fish they stocked yesterday do not end up in the Red River this weekend!

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Was there last Saturday. Caught four trout. Did lose one and had other missed strikes. Mainly fished Hughes Crossing. Some changes to the River from the floods but still has trout to include recent stockings this week which also includes the C&R section. Here are details from last week and a video with some u/w video that may be of interest to some. Longer video than we normally post; lots of info to post this time. Good luck for those fishing the derby!

Blue River Trout Fishing - Saturday November 3, 2018


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The fish in the pic are my keepers from last week. Tried it again yesterday and caught more and slightly larger trout (no pic though). Used both spinning tackle and the fly rod; the flies that produced best were homemade midges and frenchies drifted under a strike indicator.

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Originally Posted By: JCG57
The fish in the pic are my keepers from last week. Tried it again yesterday and caught more and slightly larger trout (no pic though). Used both spinning tackle and the fly rod; the flies that produced best were homemade midges and frenchies drifted under a strike indicator.



Very nice!

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Originally Posted By: fshng84
Was there last Saturday. Caught four trout. Did lose one and had other missed strikes. Mainly fished Hughes Crossing. Some changes to the River from the floods but still has trout to include recent stockings this week which also includes the C&R section. Here are details from last week and a video with some u/w video that may be of interest to some. Longer video than we normally post; lots of info to post this time. Good luck for those fishing the derby!

Blue River Trout Fishing - Saturday November 3, 2018



Posted a quick tie demo of the Rainbow Warrior Midge used as the trailing fishing fly last Saturday on the Blue River. Quick Tie Demo...

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