I had a trip with Andrew who is from New Hampshire the other day. His goal like most is to catch a big brown while fishing on the legendary White River. We have certainly put this river on the map these days, with so many anglers coming from around the world to experience the streamer bite and this is exactly what Andrew had in mind. Faced with what many would consider ideal weather conditions; coupled with the correct water, we were certainly in for an memorable day.
Everyday is different when fishing this particular bite and some are better than others. This was something Andrew really doesn't do on his home water so he was eager for the challenge. The morning started off rocky with bating five for five (sorry Andrew), but because the bite was on fire right of the gate he had plenty of chances to get this hook thing figured out.
The strategy for the day, which is something I would remember if you don't understand how this whole generation thing works. We had two choices, one was to fish streamers in the morning until the water drops out or two, stay in the high water and follow it all the way downstream. So after fishing that morning, I asked him what he wanted to do. I told him we could put the drift boat in and fish low water or stay in the high water and throw streamers and option two soon became the winner. Take notes if you are new to the rivers or don't know how to figure out generation. Having a game plan is crucial on these river systems.
Right Place at the Right Time
I also wanted to touch on what I meant in the title. Is streamer fishing better now than it was during the month of February. It's really hard to say if traffic had anything to do with it, but I have never seen the amount of boat traffic like I did this year. I saw everyone's pictures that day we fished and it looks like everybody had a epic day fishing for brown's whether it was on low generation or high, bobbers or streamers. One thing I know is right now in this high water, the fishing has been great. You would think for a Thursday going into the weekend it would have been busier, but we only saw two boats as we motored up to Wildcat from Rim which is along way to not see any other boats. I wonder, just wonder, did pressure have anything to do with it or is timing, just being at the right place at the right time.