Our dear friend and fishing buddy Capt. Mac (a/k/a “Jeff McKinzie”) and I made our way this past Saturday to fly fish the Blue River in Oklahoma for rainbow trout. This was not a trip for the arm chair fly fisherman; it was cold, foggy, rainy and windy and it took a while to find the hungry trout but, we won and eventually on the way home defrosted. The fly de jour were either olive bead head wooley buggers in a size 10 or nymphs (various colors) in a size 16 or smaller. We drift fished both flies with and without strike indicators; Capt. Mac schooled me on this particular method of fishing.
The Blue River is blessed with an estimated 20,000 stocker rainbow trout each year; release schedule is weekly from November 1st to March 31st. When the water warms up, they are gone; this is okay though, the Blue River is also very well known for its smallmouth bass from spring to fall. There is free camping available on a first come first serve basis, right along the river. Closest town is Tishmingo, Oklahoma, so this will give you a reference point when you fire up the Googler. There is only one place in the county that sells fishing licenses (you can go online too), Tish Lumber in Tishmingo can set you up if you forget though.
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