Whitefish Wednesday

Sean Visintainer - 10/31/18

White Fish

Trick or treat?

We never show love for the lowly whitefish. Not many do. It's unfortunate. They are not quite as aesthetically pleasing as a rainbow, brown, or cutthroat trout, but pretty in their own way. A golden olive hue to their scales, a firm, sleek appearance.

These rock hard, scrappy fighters can put up a decent fight more often than not, and as many of you know they will keep fighting to the bitter end until they are released back into the depths. Often a large whitefish is first confused for a big brown with the nature of their fight, but soon with the fast hitting head shakes most will realize it's a whitefish. A bit of disappointment yes, but still a good fight.

Whitefish often fall victim to a deep dredging beadhead nymph and have a particular fondness for gold and chartreuse. Fall and winter are good times to catch whitefish with lower flows and rock bouncing indicator rigs find these bottom dwellers with consistence. Once in a great while a rather ambitious whitefish may eat a streamer, but rarely does it get completely in their mouth. Some rivers like the Clark Fork in Montana they actually love to eat dry flies. Often during late winter midge hatches you can find pods of "whitties" eating midges from the surface. They usually leave a large air bubble behind in the film, a telltale sign that a whitefish just rose.

So today for Halloween we salute the almighty whittie and will let you decided whether they are a trick, or a treat...