How We Fished the John Deere... The Simple Fishing Fly Pattern!

The John Deere is a simple fishing fly pattern that uses chenille, a jig fly hook, and a marabou plume.

The hook size is small – size 10 thru 14, and the plume can be cut to different lengths to match the “bite”.

Moreover, the John Deer Tractor color scheme of green and yellow is suggested. But, we have caught Trout using unpainted jig fly hooks.

For more details on how to tie a John Deere, see the video below.

We first fished the John Deere one weekend trout fishing on the Blue River in Oklahoma! Recent rains made it tough Saturday with trout caught mainly using bait. We tried various fishing flies, Power Worms, Mouse Tails, and even Salmon Eggs, but it was a strike out.

The following day, we went back to the Blue River and fished upriver from Hughes Crossing – the low water crossing where we had caught many trout in the past. The water was clearer compared to Saturday but only slightly.

From morning until noon, we fished Hughes Crossing and were only able to catch, land, and then lose a Rainbow Trout. The trout went for a Tandem Rigged Near Deere with a trailing Rainbow Warrior.

We continued fishing but the trout were not cooperative. Luckily, after an occasional strike and missed hook set, we finally landed one for the stringer; it went for the Rainbow Warrior.

This kept us motivated to continue fishing. Moreover, we noticed the Tandem Rig was getting bit when we could get the rig quickly to the bottom where the trout were holding.

The river was running faster than normal, so having the extra weight of two fishing flies definitely helped getting to the lower half of the water column. Bottom-line: More weight was going to be the key to catching a trout or two this trip.

Deciding to mix things up for the afternoon, we headed to the Island and fished the nearby channel. After making various changes and multiple strikes and misses, we finally found a pattern that worked…. Tandem Rigged Olive Near Deere with a trailing John Deere.

In short order, we hooked and landed four trout for the stringer to make five – see video below of the trip (skip to 4:11 to see Sunday’s action).

PS: Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law of Fishing struck… the one fly that works is the one fly that you will run out of. Started with three John Deere, ended with none… lost to snags which was expected given we were working the rig deep and bouncing bottom with it.


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