Eleven Point River
Fly Box


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Don’s Crawdad - We found this fly through John Kern who fishes the Eleven Point regularly. T. Hargrove Fly Shop in St. Louis is where he discovered the Fly and we get ours from them as well. We have since found that this fly produces as well, if not better than any fly we have used on this river. Put simply, it always seems to catch fish.
We prefer to fish the crawdad below a strike indicator with some split shot no more than a foot up from the fly. The key, along with most other flies on this river, is to get it deep amongst the rocks. Look for strikes on the dead drift as well as on the swing. Do not ignore the swing, leave it there and even strip it in a bit, as I get at least as many hits on the swing or stripping it back as I do on a dead drift.

M.O.A.T. (Mother of all Tungsten) - This is a rubber legged fly we tie with peacock dubbing and three tungsten beads.  This heavy fly could be considered a stonefly, but really it looks like nothing except maybe a big meal.  This fly is effective because it can get deep fast, even in faster currents.  The MOAT catches lots of fish on the Eleven Point and should be in your fly box when fishing this river.  We catch fish both on the dead drift and the swing with this fly.  The MOAT is also a great lead fly to tie a dropper off.  We always drop a smaller fly off the MOAT, depending on what insect activity is going on.


Black Stonefly- This a good choice year round as stoneflies are a big food source in the Eleven Point.  We fish stoneflies the same way as the MOAT always using droppers. 


Golden Stoneflies - These flies replace black stoneflies and MOAT's August through early Oct.  We get pretty thick hatches of “goldens” during that time.  We fish them the same as black stones.


Copper John - A good dropper fly that produces well year round.  This is the best midge imitator we have used on this river, but others will work too.


Pheasant Tails - A good year round dropper fly.   Bead head and soft hackle versions seem to produce equally well.


Hare’s Ear - Another good dropper fly, especially if there is a bit of a mayfly hatch.  The color depends on the hatch, but during spring and early summer, tan produces best.


Bead Head Crackleback - This is a good fly year round that gets hit on the dead drift, swing, or while being stripped in.


San Juan Worms - Works well, especially after or during a rain.


Eggs - Great days are had on these during spawning times, which is generally Nov.-Jan.  Some of the biggest fish are caught on these during this time.


Catbow - This is our own creation that has caught many Eleven Point fish.  The Catbow is a bear bones streamer tied with olive, pink, and white marabou behind a tungsten cone-head.  It imitates a baby rainbow and is successful since the rainbows in this river are reproducing.  We fish this with a full sinking line, but a sink tip will do if you don’t have a full sinking line.


Wooly Bugers - This fly is standard everywhere and the Eleven Point is no different.  It is a good idea to have various colors and we prefer weighted ones fished with sinking or sink tip lines.


Sculpins - We have lots of sculpins in the Eleven Point and these streamers will do well year round as a result.


Caddis fly - There are lots of caddis hatches here, so caddis patterns will catch fish, though we are yet to discover one pattern that outperforms another.  If you come up with one, please let us know.

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