what kinds of flies does one use for whitefish ?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by cutthroat kid, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Great, simply fly that definitely resembles those stones. I don't fish the Klicikitat very often and had not heard about the #14 hook restriction...what's the reason for that?
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Beadhead would be ideal, but I've caught them on chubby chernobyls tossed tight to the bank on the Yakima in summer. Blew my mind...
  3. GAT Active Member

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    [IMG]This works great for me. It's tied in size 16-20.

    I call it the Bubble Bug.
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  4. Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Any fly tipped with a maggot. ;)
  5. JasonG Active Member

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    Anybody have any luck with white fish on the Snoqualmie around North Bend ?
  6. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Small egg patterns work well
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I believe on rivers that are open for Whitefish that you have to use a size 14 or smaller fly for the taking of those fish.
  8. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I keep telling myself that I'm going to learn the lake whitefish game on banks lake, just two minutes from my door, this year. I've only went out once and was skunked.
  9. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    A few years back wasn't there some law that said you must use a size 14 or smaller for white fish. Maybe that was only on the Yakima.
  10. Old406Kid Active Member

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    The hook size limitation is supposed to keep people from targeting other species typically taken with larger hooks
    such as steelhead during winter whitefish seasons. Pretty easy to skewer a maggot on a size #14 but a little more difficult to
    skewer shrimp.
  11. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I caught YT's at Monroe on the Sky, a bit further upstream on the Sultan (it's a tad too late there) and in the Pilchuck up by Machias. They feed in "riffly" water but gang up in the edges of the pools as they are spring spawners. My guess is there's a nearby disco ball.
  12. BDD Active Member

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    My experience with mountain whitefish is they are broadcast spawners that spawn in the fall (35-45 degrees F) with their eggs hatching in the spring. They do congregate to certain areas year after year (with specific habitat preferences) and are generally much more active that trout in cold water temperatures.

    You can generally spot them flashing in clear water, indicating they are actively feeding and chances are if you get a small fly to the right depth (near the bottom) during these times (when schooled up and feeding) that you can catch them pretty consistently. I have noticed that they often school up by size as well.

    I think they are pretty cool fish and will be heading out to the Yakima in a couple hours to "gain some more experience".
  13. Slipstream Member

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    On rivers that have populations of "listed/threatened " species it allows anglers to harvest whitefish by reducing impacts to protected species.
    Page 11 of the WDFW pamphlet. Whitefish Gear Rules: Fishing gear is restricted to one single-point hook, maxium hook size 3/16" point to shank (hook size 14) and bait is allowed. Tom
  14. ScottP Active Member

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    BH Prince was always the standard, but I found a chartreuse Hot-Wire Caddis to be especially effective on some eastern ID waters


    I'm sure other colors would work, too, but the cheekers really liked these.

  15. JesseC Active Member

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    I typically use hoh bo speys, but with really small hooks. The takes are ferocious, but they seldom stick.
  16. ryfly Addicted to flyfishing

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    Size 14 beadhead zug bug. Guarantee.
  17. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Just use a 6mm orange bead under a indicator