what kinds of flies does one use for whitefish ?

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  1. Denny

    Denny Active Member

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    tinman207 speaks big gospel. A prince nymph (beadhead or regular) is whitefish candy. As someone else mentioned earlier, anything peacock on it. I think the white wings and the silver rib on the prince nymph help, as well. Size? 14, as the whitefish have those itty bitty mouths...
     
  2. silvercreek

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    If you want to teach a fly fisher how to nymph, there is no better place than the stretch of the Madison River at the end of Ghost Village Road . Take the road until it ends in a small parking lot. Walk directly across to the Madison River above Quake Lake. This section is filled with whitefish.

    Any fly that gets to the bottom will catch fish. "A" marks Ghost Village Road on the map below.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Ghos...est Yellowstone, Gallatin, Montana 59758&z=15
     
  3. Mike Ediger

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    Small Lightningbug under strike indicator. If they are around it's hard to keep them off.


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  4. William Wallace

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    Yep what they all said!

    I have done well on the Green from Hwy 18 up river and also on the Snoqualmie (main) from fall city up. Actually my brother and I went to fall city to opposite side of raging river the other day, parked at ball field and went to river to fish. I kept seeing something rise and to my surprise a snagged a decent whitefish there.

    As said once above you find a school, it is so much fun. Just think nymphing for trout and enjoy. Some of my biggest have been out of the Snoqualmie, for quantity has been the Green.

    William
     
  5. Olive bugger

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    GOLD RIB HARE'S EAR. SIZE 14 OR 16.
     
  6. freestoneangler

    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?
     
  7. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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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...
     
  8. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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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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  9. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Any fly tipped with a maggot. ;)
     
  10. JasonG

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    Anybody have any luck with white fish on the Snoqualmie around North Bend ?
     
  11. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Small egg patterns work well
     
  12. Old Man

    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.
     
  13. triploidjunkie

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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.
     
  14. Keith Hixson

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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.
     
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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.