We had a good day, don’t get me wrong; however, those bigger fish can really elevate the experience, especially when you’re focused on quantity. This is why they say it’s called “fishing” and not “catching.” Every day on the water is unique, and sometimes things don’t go as planned. During our outing, we observed a few brown trout redds, which is a bit early for these browns to start their spawning activities. It’s crucial to take note of these redds and avoid fishing or disturbing them. These brown trout can naturally reproduce, so please be considerate and mindful of these redds. Typically, the brown trout start migrating up the river towards the end of September and throughout most of October. The timing for spawning in this tailwater is similar to Taneycomo. In the White River, brown trout start their courtship on the redds from December through most of January. I have two more days ahead with Dave and Terry, and our plan for today is to fish the White River, mainly using dry flies throughout the day. However, we’ll switch to shad patterns when they increase the water flow.
In the lower-right picture, you can see small gel sacs with tiny dots inside. These are caddis eggs, and they remain dormant until the end of April when they hatch. This abundance of caddis eggs is a testament to the prolific caddis populations in both rivers.