I love it when I’m working the fly shop and a good buddy calls me from the river to tell be that browns are chasing streamers. It fills me with enthusiasm for the rest of my day’s work – thanks Steve, old buddy old pal. All sarcasm aside, its nice to know that streamer fishing is already a viable option for targeting some browns on the White. No doubt many trophies are still very much on the spawn and will be for some time, but remember seeing lots of browns on redds back in early October? Some of those fish are already post spawn and hunting big meals. Steve and our mate Brian Wise from MO went out yesterday to test some new streamer patterns and were pleasantly surprised with hungry browns. We’re still a month or two away from prime time, but it’s not too early to get some practice in and start honing your flies and techniques. Stock up on buck tail, deer body hair, schlappen, flash, hooks, Clear Cure Goo products, and whatever else you need to get started cranking out your favorite streamers in preparation for the post spawn!
Wading opportunities are there if you know how to approach the White on high flows, as minimum flow is getting harder to find. Fish heavy nymphs, egg patterns, or small streamers around the inside of river bends where the current is softer. Guys with personal watercraft would do well to park on islands and fish around the edges of the island. In general, egg patterns, heavy nymphs, and size 14 midge patterns are producing plenty of rainbows, while streamers on high flows are starting to pick up a few post spawn browns already. Come browse our streamer bins while selection is still good, pay particular attention to Schmidt’s Double Deceivers and Lynch’s DDs and DDDs.
Wading opportunities are getting a little harder to find on a consistent basis – they seem to be running one unit for longer periods now in the morning and evenings too. Drift fishing from a boat on that one unit of flow has been stellar though. The water is usually quite dingy, so long nymphing rigs with strong tippet, lots of weight, and brightly colored flies produce well. Try orange or pink egg patterns, San Juan worms, size 14 midges and pheasant tails tied with some flash, and size 14 UV Hunchback scuds. Whatever you’re throwing, get it down with a big split shot, or try one of our tungsten Devil Jigs as a weighted nymph. Small to medium sized streamers on a sink tip line would be applicable in these flows as well. Try something brightly colored with some flash to get fish’s attention in the stained eddies and pockets along the bank.