what kinds of flies does one use for whitefish ?

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

  1. cutthroat kid

    cutthroat kid cut throat kid

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2011
    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Gigharbor,WA
    what kinds of techniques and flies does one use for white fish if they wanted to target them for fun in the winter ?
     
  2. Travis Bille

    Travis Bille Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2010
    Messages:
    773
    Likes Received:
    464
    Location:
    McKinleyville, CA
    Beadheaded nymphs under an indicator. I'm sure someone else will be able to elaborate a little more on what specific nymphs to use.
     
  3. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2004
    Messages:
    5,956
    Likes Received:
    735
    Location:
    Cranberry Country...a glorified coastal swamp!
    Smaller BH soft hackle flies (#14 is a good size) fished (maybe nymphed using an incicator) near the bottom in deeper runs and pools.
     
  4. Duane J

    Duane J Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Messages:
    95
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Hitch hiking on Jim's and Travis' input I have always done well with size 14 BH soft hackle ant. Red abdomen, black thorax with grizzly hackle. Another proven (for me) is a size 12 butcher. Red body palmered with black wet grade hackle. Since I can feel better than see I skipped the strike indicator and go with leader no longer than 7'.
     
  5. 1morecast

    1morecast Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2004
    Messages:
    821
    Likes Received:
    77
    Location:
    Port Angeles
    Any fly with peacock in it ....
     
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Messages:
    24,357
    Likes Received:
    3,278
    Location:
    Dillon, Mt
    I found a sure way to catch Whitefish here in Montana. Just stick a size 20 Red Zebra nymph as your trailing fly. Works like a charm. They won't hit the black fly like the red one.
     
  7. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2003
    Messages:
    3,377
    Likes Received:
    1,580
    Location:
    .
    You would have a hard time going wrong with a BH Prince Nymph in 12 or 14.

    Ive
     
    plaegreid likes this.
  8. generic

    generic Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2010
    Messages:
    3,408
    Likes Received:
    840
    I think someone else just asked this same question (I think) a few weeks ago or so...

    Might check the search option in the upper right. Not sure what the thread title was though.
     
  9. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Messages:
    1,851
    Likes Received:
    246
    Location:
    Ferndale/Winthrop
    Usually when my primary target is trout, I catch a lot of whitefish! Any nymph seems to be attractive to them.
     
  10. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith DBA BozoKlown406

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2005
    Messages:
    2,718
    Likes Received:
    838
    Location:
    Bozeman, MT
    Got a nice one on a pink weenie today.
     
  11. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,722
    Likes Received:
    1,972
    Location:
    Columbia Basin
    Back home all we ever used were Gray Hackle Yellows & Gray Hackle Reds. I've done well with those out here too, the few times I've targeted Whitefish.
     
  12. BDD

    BDD Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2005
    Messages:
    2,447
    Likes Received:
    424
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA
    Home Page:
    I don't think the fly is as important as finding a school and getting a good presentation to them. Then they can be a little difficult to hook since often the bit is very quick and you don' have much time for a hookset. Just like reading water for trout or steelhead, they definitely have preferred holding water and that is the key to catching them.
     
  13. gator1954

    gator1954 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2004
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Bend, OR and Vermejo Park, NM
    I catch a lot of whitefish in the winter with a Barr's Tung Teaser ( I like a size 14 ). Any beadhead fished on, or close to the bottom will most likely catch a few fish. For the last couple of weeks egg patterns have fished well on the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers here in Oregon, egg patterns will fish well until late January. I believe the key is to get your fly deep in the water column.
     
  14. Slipstream

    Slipstream Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    394
    Likes Received:
    47
    Location:
    Goldendale, WA
    STH70798.JPG STH70727.JPG STH70727.JPG View attachment 35234

    I use this fly (bottom photo) because when it gets wet it looks like that (middle of top photo) which resembles these bugs (top photo), which are a favorite snack of Klickitat River whitefish. This is a size 10 hook and matches the standard size skawala stone very well. Unfortunately the Klickitat River has a size 14 hook restriction now, but this fly in a 14 is still a whitey killer. Tom
     
    freestoneangler likes this.
  15. tinman207

    tinman207 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2013
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    166
    When I see whitefish I want to catch, I toss ona beadhead prince nymph....always gets em.....