Fly fishing on the White River has been all high water nymphing for the most part over the past week, and well worth the extra motor fuel and oar strokes. Dally’s guides have been putting up big numbers and catching some fine browns as well in the size department. This report in from Gabe Levin:
Gotta give a big thanks to the one and only Kevin Brandtonies for sharing business and inviting me to guide some of his best return customers. This particular group was a lot of fun to guide – excited, coachable, and highly competitive with one another! Normally I don’t count fish, but I gotta admit it was pretty fun to try and beat all the other boats in the group. Especially fun were the father and son duo, Casey and Gavin. Casey had never caught a brown before, and we got three in two days 17-20inches! Gavin, at 13 years old, at least two decades younger than everyone else in the group, smoked the competition with the most total fish caught over the course of the trip, catching 40 by himself on day 2. I wish all days could be that good. Hope to work with this group again Kevin!
Daytime flows have been fairly consistent at around 5-6,000cfs, providing some nice stable water for nymphing from a boat, even if it is fast and deep. The lowest water around and best opportunity for wade fishing can be found downstream of cotter in the morning hours, where the night time flows of a half unit or so can be waded effectively until the morning push arrives. Hot flies include prince nymphs, various caddis pupae, sunday specials, ruby midges, and super midges. It’s important to get a good sink rate on your nymph rigs in these flows, especially if wade fishing in very short drifts. Add more split shot if necessary, or come check out our selection of “jigged” nymphs that sink like stones.
Water release schedules have been inconsistent – not really sure if the projection can be counted on, but there are wade fishing opportunities when the generators are shut down, and those low flows have been fishing great with ruby and root beer midges, scuds, and caddis pupae. A lot of fish can be found “midging” high in the water column on warm afternoons, presenting a challenge to the dry fly fisher – try tiny parachute flies and emerger midges.