Well, caddis are still consistently coming off, and at this point we are not sure when their gonna quit. We have had an exceptional caddis hatch this year, and many big fish have been brought to the boat on this tiny delicacy. The upper stretches of the White, now seem to be producing the larger concentration of hatches, while downstream areas have been more sporadic.
A couple of ideas regarding presentation, remember when fishing a pupa, don’t be in a hurry to pick up your cast, but allow the fly rise up towards the surface film at the end of the drift. Also, fishing a pupa pattern behind a caddis dry works especially well when the fish begin surface feeding.
With that, let’s talk more about what’s been working.
Releases, for the most part, have gotten higher as the day goes, but still allow for a decent amount of wadeable water at or a little above minimum flow (between 700- 1400 cfs).
Caddis patterns such as Dally’s Tailwater Soft Hackles, Prince Nymphs, and Pupae Delectae are working well.
Caddis dries such as Elk Hair Caddis, E-Z Caddis, E-C Caddis, and CDC Caddis have been highly productive.
Midges (ruby, rootbeer, & redneck in size 18), pheasant tails (in sizes 14, 16, & 18), devil jigs (red and copper in sizes 14 & 16).
Also, try throwing a Strollis Quill Body Jig (size 14), or Devil Jigs (size 14) either by itself or in combination with a colorful attractor, such as a Y2K or Keller’s Hot Worm. The jigs also make a great lead fly ahead of midge pupa.
Highly productive big water streamers include CJ’s Sluggo, Dally’s Twerkin Minnow, Schmidt’s Double Deceiver, Lafkas’ Super Cougar and Lovechild Sculpin, and Lynch’s D&D.
On the lower flows, large olive woolly buggers, Sparkle minnows, FS Bunny Sculpins, Kreelex flies, and Lunch $ are all producing.
Nymph fisherman can expect to do well with Garrett’s Purple Death (size 18), Clint’s Sunday Special (sizes 16 and 18), midges (root beer and black & purple zebra in sizes 16 & 18), pheasant tails (size 16 & 18), prince nymphs (size 14 & 16), hunchback scuds (size 16 & 18), and tailwater sowbugs (sizes 16 and 18).
Small sculpin patterns like FS Bunny Sculpins, Slump Busters, and Cone Head Woolies, are also productive when stripped slowly over the bottom.
Cover Photo: Max Waldrop with a really colorful White River brownie. Photo courtesy: Chad Johnson