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Northeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report Week of Sept 21

September 26, 2011 8:43 pm
posted by Terry

Copan: September 18. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel and flathead catfish good on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie slow no minnows and jigs around structure at Copan Point. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: September 20. Elevation 7 ft. below normal, water 70 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 13-15 ft. around brush and structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Catfish fair on juglines baited with cut shad. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Ft. Gibson: September 18. Elevation 1 ft. below normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on Biffle Bugs and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. White bass excellent trolling silver spoons and white crankbaits along shallow rock piles and humps in the middle of the lake. Catfish excellent drifting cut shad and white bass sides on the flats between the Hwy 51 Bridge and the dam. Report submitted by Rick Stafford in Wagoner.

Greenleaf: September 19. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, bill baits and jig-and-worm along shorelines, brush structure, creek channels and rocky points. Catfish good on fresh cut bait on bottom near the spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around fishing docks and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: September 19. Elevation normal. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and buzz baits early and late. Blue catfish good on cut shad. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

Fishing looks good at several locations around the northeastern section.  Fish are biting be sure to go out and catch some fish. You will need that baitcasting or spinning reel to go catch a fish.

Hulah: September 18. Elevation normal, water clear. Channel catfish fair on cut shad and worms below the dam. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around structure in Skull Creek. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Keystone: September 19. Elevation 4 ft. below normal, water 73. Largemouth bass fair. White bass fair. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: September 19. Elevation normal, water 49 and murky. Largemouth bass slow on topwater lures in coves. White bass slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on live shad at 1-2 ft. in mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-2 ft. all along the river. Trout good fly-fishing the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait on bottom at the dam. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.

Oologah: September 18. Elevation 1 1/2 ft. below normal, water mid 70s and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush piles. White bass fair trolling shad colored crankbaits at 10-15 ft. off main lake points. Blue and channel catfish fair on juglines baited with shad at 10-15 ft. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Spavinaw: September 20. Elevation slightly below normal, water 70 and dingy. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around the dam area. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Report submitted by Dwight Moore, City of Tulsa.

Webbers Falls: September 19. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and jig-and-worm along riprap and brush structure. Catfish good on fresh cut bait and stinkbait along mudflats and on bottom. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 12 ft. around bridges and brush structure. Report submitted by Lark Wilson, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

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The Double Surgeon Knot

August 1, 2011 10:00 am
posted by Terry

Double Surgeon Knot

This is an ordinary one, but a good decision if the lines are irregular. Place the leader and tippet next to each other overlapping six inches, ends facing opposite. Take the front leader and the end of the tippet and tie an overhand knot with the leader end and tippet itself. The whole tippet length goes through the overhand loop entirely and, while small, is not tightened. Pass through again using the new loop through the existing one again. Pull on the leader and tippet, and your knot is complete. This is a tippet to leader knot.

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The Blood Knot

July 28, 2011 10:47 am
posted by Terry

Blood Knot

A more precise knot, the ‘blood knot’ isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires skill to complete, and begins by taking the two lines and having them cross for about four inches with the shorter line ends of both facing opposite. One line’s shorter end is wrapped around the next line about six times, with the difference of the first line short end going through the original lines’ wrapping. The difference in the second line is then repeated (about six times wrapping), with that difference passing back through the overall wrapping loop. When not tightened, it may remain loose, however, may be tightened at any time to ensure completion of the knot. It is a versatile knot for the tippet or leader.

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The Nail Knot

July 27, 2011 2:47 pm
posted by Terry

Nail Knot For Fly Line

A common fly fishing knot, the ‘nail knot’ is a rudimentary must-have for the professional fisherman. It involves the attachment of a small object, such as a tube twice the diameter of the line, to the fly line itself, and then attaching the line to the backing. Place the object at the end of the fly line with about two inches of excess, making about a two inch loop at the weighted end of your leader. Pinch the loop to the object. Next, get the small end of the leader loop and wrap about five times around the object and actual line. Each ‘wrap’ should be at least one-half inch from the end of the fly line. Move the thumb forward to keep it from unwinding, and move the end of the leader through the tube from right to left. Remove the tube, and tighten the knot by tugging both ends of the leader. The idea is to make it more consistent with the fly line. Complete the knot by pulling the line through, trim the leader excess, and you’ve finished the nail knot. It is a leader to fly line knot.

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How to Use A Spinning Reel To Catch A Trout

June 21, 2011 11:27 am
posted by Terry


When choosing a rod/reel combo, the appropriate weight range is between 2 and 7 lbs. Beginners might be advised to stick to a closed face reel (a reel that has a button that allows for easy release of the line). The Pflueger Fishing Company makes several high quality reels and reel/rod combos for all skill levels, and something like the Pflueger President Spinning combo can offer the beginner a versatility and ease that are vital when starting out.

OK, Now comes the tricky part: a good cast.

Always cast slightly upstream and allow your bait to drift downstream. The current will make your bait appear lifelike and lure the trout.

Bring the rod tip behind you slowly, and press and hold the button on the fly reel. Quickly bring the rod tip around to directly in front of you and release the button in the middle of the cast. Be careful not to whip the rod to hard or your bait will get thrown off the hook.

Do not overcast. Think of rod as the hand on a clock, and keep your rod at 11 o’clock.

If you’ve done things correctly, your line should fly freely and land about 25-35 feet in front of you. Congratulations! Chances are, it’ll take a few casts before the fishes to start nibbling, but you’re well on your way!

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Four Tips For Fly Fishing For Trout

May 19, 2011 10:07 am
posted by Terry

Pflueger Summit Fly Reel

Fly fishing is an active sport that requires expertise in catching fish. One of the more popular brands of reels is the pflueger fly reel. The pflueger summit fly reel comes in different types and categories.

Having good quality equipment for catching fish is one of the pre requisites for enjoyment of the sport and the pflueger summit series reels will offer you that advantage.

The price range of these type reels is affordable and kept within reason. Starting out with the proper reels is the key to enjoyment for this sport so making sure that a fly reel is purchased with a pflueger summit fly reel is almost a requirement.

Of course there is a lot to fishing techniques and knowing how and where to fish are are also keys to success. This article will list four tips that will give a head start in knowing how to set up and identify where the fish may be residing. Doing the homework before stepping foot in the stream will be identified as an experienced angler.

This will help make the whole day a lot more enjoyable and productive in finding and catching the trout. Being aware of the habitat surroundings will go a long ways in being marked as an expert fly fishing master.

Tip 1. Tackle boxes. Of course having a tackle is a must but being organized and having the type lures that you need for the situation is just as important. Having a working tackle box along with accessory boxes that contain categories of lures separately is important to prevent any type of chemical reaction that may happen from the different lures. Having tackle boxes for different seasons is also an important tip to note and being properly organized will help in an enjoyable session for fly fishing.

Tip 2. Note if the water is choppy. Choppy waters mean that fish need to expend more energy to find food. Look for small breaks or fords just away from the choppy waters. This is a haven for fish that are tired for looking for their food and are resting in this place. If you’re fly fishing with your brand new pflueger fly reel then you can take advantage of this situation by catching trout that may be resting in these pools of water.

Tip 3. Match the food being eaten. Finding the type food that is being eaten requires a keen eye. Fish in general like to eat bait that are in its surroundings. Asking the local bait shop on what the fish are biting on is one tip. But another more realistic one would be to look for flies that are in the immediate fishing area. Try to match fly lures to the flies that are flying around there.

Tip 4. Using an indicator bobber. If the fly is attached to an indicator in an area of slow movement of water, waiting and watching the indicator will be the score to success. Having small choppy bounces of water will make the fly bob up and down naturally and make the fish think that this is the real thing. Sit back and relax when using this type setup until the strike sets in.

The only thing left to do is to take heed on these tips and start catching.

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Tip On How to Tie Marabou Flies

May 18, 2011 11:49 am
posted by Terry

Marabou Fly
Producing an artificial fly can be challenging, but the rewards are great when that mighty river-bound beast leaps from the water. A great fly used with a Pflueger Summit fly reel can have anglers catching their limit in no time, and spending more precious time outside at their favorite hobby.

My first fly resembled something that most anglers would vacuum up from underneath the couch, something between “clump of dog hair” and “I think that’s pasta.” My second fly was obviously closely related to my first, with a bit of toenail thrown in for consistency. Gradually, my fly tying improved to the point where I thought they might help me catch a fish.

The first try with my new flies, I might as well have sat by the riverbank and willed the fish into my net, issuing repeated and insistent mental commands to my underwater nemesis. It was not meant to be, however, as fish are apparently possessed of significant mental toughness and psychic defenses. Using my flies with a Pflueger Summit fly reel helped considerably, and I suspect that the fish know quality fly-fishing gear when they see it, even submerged at a depth of three to seven feet. From that point on, my Pflueger Summit fly reel went everywhere with me, convincing fish and anglers alike that I was, despite my laughable Marabou Flies, a competent fly angler.

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Three Tips on Catching Trout In the Summer

May 17, 2011 10:41 am
posted by Terry

Catching trout during the summer can be difficult but there are some simple tips to follow that will make catching trout much easier. Besides the obvious information such as making sure you have good equipment like the pflueger summit fly reel.

The first tip is to fish early and late during the summer. Many trout have a set feeding schedule which includes eating more at first light and at dusk. Also when the sun is at a high point making the water the warmest, fish tend to go to deeper water.

Tip two for catching trout during the summer is knowing when and where to fish. There are going to be certain locations that fish gather during certain times of the day. This normally includes deeper water during the afternoon and shallower water during dusk and dawn. Inlets and outlets are two of the most popular spots for trout during the hot summer months. Even weather conditions like thunderstorms can change where fish locate. Finding and remembering good locations where fish gather is imperative to good fishing.

Tip three is as simple as experimenting. Pairing your  pflueger summit fly reel with different types of baits and lures is the best way to find a combination that works. Try different colors, baits, sizes, movements, and techniques. Trout are the most active during the summer and will hit these different combinations often.

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Tips For Catching Stocked Rainbow Trout

May 16, 2011 9:15 am
posted by Terry

Pflueger Summit Fly Reel

The first and most important step in catching stocked rainbow trout, is to identify where the stocked trout are. One will then need to acquire the proper equipment in order to catch them. It is strongly suggested that the individual attain a pflueger summit fly reel for this task. This fly reel is strong enough to perform under the pull of even the most aggressive fish.

The fisherman should have at least a four pound line in order to handle fish in controlled areas. Fish that are stocked into the freshwater repositories tend to get bigger and stronger than there free range counterparts. It is for this reason that a stronger line be used, and the pflueger summit fly reel is suggested.

Gathering the correct and enough bait for the task is the next step of preparation. Rainbow trout tend to strike at almost anything, although they tend to really enjoy worms, crawfish and fish eggs. Knowing where to cast off for the fish is also very important in catching stocked rainbow trout. These fish tend to congregate in and around grassy areas, and sunken logs. These areas tend to attract more insects that they feed off of.

The final tip that is offered here for catching stocked rainbow trout is to avoid overly sunny days for your expedition. On cloudy days, the fish come closer to the surface of the water, and are easier to catch. Sunny days you will find them in deeper waters, near the bottom to remain cool.

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Gone Bonefishing

March 14, 2011 8:46 am
posted by A-Reel-Good-Time

Perhaps the most sought after game fish in the world is the bonefish. These critters are unique in that they amphidormous, meaning that they migrate from inshore tropical waters to shallow mudflats, and back. This type of fly game fish is found in tropical regions like Hawaii, the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys. Typically, the fish are not eaten, although they are considered a delicacy in Hawaii.

Bonefish get spooked easily and are quite large. This means if you do hook one it will give you quite a fight. You and your party are going to need quality fly fishing reels to get the job done. If you’re an angler looking for a fishing challenge, then you should definitely try your hand at bonefishing.

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