Hopper action is still on fire!!
I haven’t been writing a White River fly fishing report a great deal, but when I do the pattern has been one unit until the afternoon and the hopper bite hasn’t let us down at all. You have to make a longer cast to get the job done in this skinny water, but if you can cast reasonably well, you should be successful. On average, we are hooking three browns over 20 inches and the biggest being in the 23 inch range. My guys the last few days haven’t been able to bring them to the boat, but they know and I know they have been on line. One problem I am noticing is poor technique when it comes to setting the hook. If you have too much slack in the line, you can go ahead and kiss that one goodbye. The rod tip has to be down at all times, and if you make a cast that results in slack in your line, you need to make sure to clean it up by lifting the rod tip or stripping in the slack line. Either way, the goal is to set the hook in such a way as to make contact with the fish quickly. Fishing in low water is challenging, but if you are not a proficient caster, your problems will be modified significantly. My goal is to put you on the fish and it’s not every day you can target a nice brown easier than throwing streamers.
The best spot that I’ve seen is definitely from the dam down to Gaston’s. I’ll run this spot several times until the surge hits which has been around 1pm. I’ve seen some big fish in this stretch right now and it isn’t the same downstream. I would rather my clients have several opportunities at these hogs than to get complacent and just fish the river and in the hopes they might get another chance at a trophy. I know it will happen if you make the right cast.
White River Fly Fishing Report – What is the key to success ?
I’ve heard people say you need the sun to get it done, but I’ve gotten it done in all types of conditions– whether it’s cloudy or sunny. I think the morning and evening is when it really gets going. Noon has been a bit hot, but there have been some dead times between 9 and 11am and from 2 to 4pm in this lower water. If they would run three units or more then you wouldn’t have to put in all these factors. Since you never know how many units will be running, you might as well just swing for the fences. Making a lot of great casts and offering flies where you think a fish would be holding will get you a few more big strikes, also. I have found that shade along the bank can definitely reward a good cast, but being in the middle of the river in riffles or where the depth is deeper than being right along the bank in skinny water and seams can be the trick for ambushing trout that are feeding in lies where all the food is washing. All these things can add up for a good trip for sure.
What is the hot “hopper” fly?
We all know from reading my White River fly fishing report that the hot hopper color is pink. Tan would be second and yellow would be third. Foam is what most people are using for the hopper bodies these days, and the producing patterns are Fat Alberts, Western Ladies, Pookie Hoppers, Charlie Boys and Chernobyl- type hoppers. All these patterns need to have the barred legs.
Don’t forget about streamers when the bite slows down. When everybody is doing the same thing, sometimes switching up the other way to target browns can be effective, too. Nymph fishing right now is the last thing you want to do when you have opportunities at trophy browns this time of year. We only get this three months out of the year. January ushers in the use of big articulated streamers , and this lasts until the end of February; then it’s back to fishing the caddis hatch in the spring, but big fish don’t necessarily key in as aggressively to this bite as they do the hopper and streamer bite.
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