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Texas Fly Fishing Report for 092116

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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It’s about time! Here is a much delayed, for good reason, video – the one and only, Texas Fly Fishing Report. These videos are backcast on the Texas Fly Caster YouTube channel, so be sure to go there and watch a few, maybe find out what you haven’t been missing.

FLIRTING WITH THE BEAVER – Beaver’s Bend Oklahoma & the Blue River

This is the official flirtation with the idea of guiding in Beaver’s bend this winter, so watch and see what I have to say about that tidbit. It’s an idea that I have kicked around, before I got kicked around by last year’s cancer encounter. Why rest on my laurels this winter? What are laurels anyway?

I am looking for you guys and ladies to do some preliminary contacting of ME in regard to booking your date(s) in Beaver’s Bend – starting BLACK FRIDAY this November! Go to the “Calendar” page to see when I will have dates available in  Beaver’s Bend available. And if you are interested in other dates for guided trips at the Blue River (public areas only), hit me on that too! I will be up front about the FACT that fish know when weekends are, and your chances in Oklahoma have always been BEST during bad weather, and NOT ON WEEKENDS. So take that for what it’s worth.

 

 

Blue River Classic 2016 – Information and Form

| December 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Oklahoma

Date: March 5, 2016
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 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

*A single and 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 2016.

A copy of the general information, rules, and entry form will be available December 15th, 2015. To obtain an entry form contact [email protected]  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:

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 5nd, 2015
Entry Deadline:  February 15st, 2015

Name:_________________________________________________

Mailing Address:_________________________________________

City:____________________  State______________ Zip Code_________

Email:__________________________________________

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.

____ Yes, I want to buy ____ raffle tickets at $1.00 each for the NFL Bud Light 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.

— Barry Shrader

DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION (COMPLIMENTS TFC) – but use the dates above!!!!!!

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NOTE – Check out Barry Shrader’s site at http://prairieoceanflyfisher.blogspot.com . Notice that the contest zone is limited to the catch-and-kill area only. Also – There are some huge rainbow trout that are planted in the catch-and-kill area specifically for this contest. Unless the weather is bad (which is good), you can expect crowded conditions.

Beaver’s Bend Broken Bow Beginning the Rebuilding Process

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

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FROM THE LMFR WEBSITE –

The June meeting of the LMFRF was held last Saturday night at the Forest Heritage Center in Beavers Bend State Park. In attendance were 10 out of 12 board members as well as representatives from U.S. Forestry, Oklahoma Game Wardens, and Beavers Bend State Park. Dinner was catered by Cielo Lindo Restaurant and was exceptional.

After the beginning necessities were dispatched with, the Park Rangers started it out with an update: The aquarium in the Nature Center is fixed and up and running again. The green boxes in the upper and lower spillway parking lots have finally been resupplied with trash bags (use them, please). Frank Griffith is getting ready to mark spillway creek with GPS tags so that people can let the park know where they are in case of emergency. When other things from the flood are taken care of, they have agreed to install benches in the parking lots so we have somewhere to sit and put on or take off our waders. It will be years before the cold hole bridge is redone.

Addendum: Many of you have expressed desire to volunteer to come clean up the Park in some way. Jim Miller appreciates all the expressed help but says that that type of work is a long way down the road. He will let us know when we can coordinate something along those lines. In the meantime, if you really feel the need to be clean – the bait clunkers have already been depositing their garbage all along Spillway. Next time you are up there, grab a bag from the parking lot and feel free to pick up everything you see.

Addendum II: The Park has hired a new Ranger. They are now up to 5. This will go a long way in them being able to patrol the Park more efficiently.

Then Mike Carter came and asked for some new belt radios. This came out of a discussion that law enforcement had on how they could better respond to calls from the river. It turns out that all the agencies have different systems and cannot contact anyone outside their own agency. Cell phones are spotty, at best. So there was no good way for them to talk to each other to find out who was closest and best suited to respond if we called in a complaint. This was true for everywhere.

Mike came prepared and showed us some radios that are both digital and analog, work on all systems, and will allow all the agencies working McCurtain County to talk with one another over the awesome tower repeater we bought them. With one phone call from us, they can decide who is better able to respond; Ranger, Warden, Forestry. And all can write tickets!

Motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved to purchase 8 new radios and chest mikes for Law Enforcement (No, the agencies could not afford them).

Dru Polk, Game Warden, was up next to give us a demo and speech on the drone he had asked for back at the February meeting. After many ensuing emails, the board wanted a demo and some questions answered before deciding on this. Since that time, Mike Love had made some great drone videos of the flooding and posted them. By the time Dru needed to sell us, everyone was already sold on the idea. He answered all questions posed to everyone’s satisfaction. Motion was made, seconded, and approved unanimously to purchase a drone for the Game Wardens.

The ODWC was not in attendance but Don Groom sent me an update email explaining the best he could, at this time, where the State stands on river repairs. I also had the chance to talk at length with him last Thursday. Every idea and thought that I have had or has come to me from y’all, Don has already thought about and is aware of. It was the most positive meeting that I have had with Don in two years. Below is the email in it’s entirety:

Thank you for your patience as we continue to evaluate recent impacts to the trout stream.  I know there are a few rumors floating around, and I hope that the following will ease concerns.

After the releases our main priority was to resume stocking as soon as possible. In the recent weeks we have conducted maintenance at existing stocking locations to facilitate continued stocking, and we have replaced sections of pipe on the stocking tube above the cold hole area. This pipe is temporarily supported by rock, and we will be going through the appropriate compliance channels to secure the pipe long term as well as any other improvement or repair activity. We had temporarily suspended stocking during the flood releases, but have since resumed stocking on June 18th and again on June 26th to make up for the postponed stocking.  Stocking will now resume as usual (every two weeks).  We begin our new three year contract period July 1, 2015, and Crystal Lake Fisheries is once again our vendor for the Lower Mountain Fork.

In the past week, I have toured the trout stream with our new Commissioner, Assistant Director of Operations, Law Enforcement Division Chief and Fish Division Chief to discuss the recent impacts and future management options. Discussions were positive and supportive in regards to:  increasing and improving stocking locations, improving fishing access in the cold hole area, improving flows in the evening hole and the respective bridge area, and dealing with the Lost Creek diversion structure. In the immediate future, I will be working closely with USACE Project Managers, the State Park, and my leadership to further explore these options. As you are aware, Lost Creek is buried under a mound of sediment.  I can confirm that this section of the stream will not be rebuilt.

Any regulation changes that are necessary surrounding the loss of Lost Creek will go through our normal rule change procedures.  I know there are many rumors surrounding regulation changes, but we have not started working on any regulation changes as internal discussions continue. Again, any rule changes pertaining to the trout stream will be going through the normal rule change process and public input will be sought before any changes are made. I do not foresee any emergency rules at this time. I will update the group with more information as it becomes available.

We are also monitoring the water temperatures closely.  The wider channel, exposed bedrock and loss of canopy all contribute to warmer water. The remote temperature monitoring station at the swim beach bridge is intact and operational, and we are still able to remotely monitor water temperatures. We manually checked water quality from the spillway down to the powerhouse this past week to better understand the heating. It appears that some of the heating is coming from lake conditions as a result from the recent flood event. I have requested that 150cfs be released through the spillway to maintain flows and water quality in response to new channel properties.  The 150cfs request appears adequate; therefore, there are no plans to alter the flows at this time. Actually flow will vary slightly from the request depending on lake levels. We will continue to watch it closely.

Other notes of interest- We are tentatively scheduled to remove the bubble diffuser project week of July 27th.  Also, our hatchery staff is currently working out a trade for brown trout this fall from Wyoming in return for hybrid bluegill. I will provide the group more information as it become available.

We are not considering any new projects such as low flow pipe extensions at this time. Please continue to be patient as we systematically work through the challenges the flood releases have presented. I appreciate your continued support, and will communicate our intentions, progress, and any help that we could use from the Foundation as things become more final.

We lost one of the new bear-proof trash cans to the flood. Well, we found the back panel to it. Anyway, motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved to purchase 2 more bear-proof trash cans for the park. The second one will go down in the Zone 2 parking lot.

There were a bunch of other little things discussed but that is the big stuff that was taken care of.

Please join us for the meeting in October. It is a cookout meeting at Steven’s Gap Pavilion and the weather is always nice then.

Regards,

Patrick Waters, LMFRF

NOTE – I don’t know how much more thorough a post could be about your beloved Beaver’s Bend. You can read the original post here – http://lmfrfoundation.org/june-27th-public-board-meeting/ . Their website is worth bookmarking now that so much of the information that matters is about rebuilding the fishery, and will last several years.

Lower Mountain Fork Beavers Bend Broken Bow – EPIC DESTRUCTION

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Courtesy - Rob Woodruff Guide Services
Broken Bow Spillway.

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Cold Hole crossing and parking area.

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Bridge and Beaver’s Bend Fly Shop.

REPORT & PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY ROB WOODRUFF

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, a rainy spring, very poor scheduling of routine maintenance on the Broken Bow Hydroelectric Facility and an outdated water release protocol by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all combined to push Broken Bow Reservoir to a historic level of 628 feet above sea level.  With the water beginning to top the Spillway Gates the Corps of Engineers opened all 8 flood gates 2 feet. This resulted in a release of around 22,000 cfs traveling down Spillway Creek and the Lower Mountain Fork River, flooding much of Beavers Bend State Park and damaging some roadways  and park buildings . This release is combined with an additional 5,800 cfs from the hydroelectric plant to give a total release of 27,800cfs and is causing unprecedented flooding along the Mountain Fork and Little River in Southeastern Oklahoma and Southwestern Arkansas.  For perspective normal release through Spillway Creek is about 90 cfs.  The 2009 flood event was a release of 6,000 cfs from the Spillway and a total release of just over 11,000 cfs.  This release will continue until the lake is down below the flood pool level.

You can monitor lake and release levels here:
http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BROK.lakepage.html

Please note that Beavers Bend State Park is officially closed.  In addition the release has flooded the pumps that supply drinking water to the area and Hochatown and Broken Bow do not have a public water supply.  Most, or all, restaurants, restrooms, etc. are closed until the supply is restored.

I will provide an update and an assessment of the river and the Trout fishery as soon as the gates are closed.

Lake Fork and the other lakes I guide on in East Texas are in great shape and I will be offering guide trips for Bass and Bream until I can get back on the Lower Mountain Fork in a few weeks.

BLUE RIVER VIDEO PREVIEW

| December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BLUE RIVER OKLAHOMA VIDEO PREVIEW

If you are interested in information about the Blue River, just a few miles north of the Texas-Oklahoma State line, be sure to check back in a few days for the video and the subscriber story loaded with information on the catch-and-release area of the Blue River. It’s where you want to go if you are more serious about catching seasoned trout (no not salt and pepper) that have had some time to adapt and wise up a bit. Let’s just say their “synthetic” DNA gets dulled a bit, and you have to have a few skills to have a better day.

Have a Merry Christmas and get ready for an absolutely fabulous New Year! In between working on the long version of this video, I will be putting the finishing touches on the TOP TEN FLY FISHING MUSIC COUNTDOWN for 2014. This is going to be a hard one, but I think it’s worth the wait. It was a good year for music, and the music this fly fisher likes. There were some surprises, and some surprising disappointments.