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tcampbell011 09-22-2011 02:21 PM

Montana Whitefish Invasion
 
I'm somewhat new to fly fishing (+/- 2 years). I've been living in Missoula, MT for 3 years and have been trying to teach myself; mostly on the Bitterroot. I normally get out about 3 days a week to fish. Normally I'll catch one or two trout in a 4 hour period and that is totally satisfying. But I always catch a TON of whitefish. (probably because nymphing is my go-to tactic if I don't see fish rising)

This culminated yesterday when I caught about 15 whitefish, with one 8 inch cutthroat. I had a HUGE rainbow grab my nymph and jump into the air, but because I didn't have a net it got away while I was trying to grab it. I'm not complaining because any fish is better than no fish, I would just like to see more trout... because I KNOW they're there.

My question is~
Is there some way to "target" trout as opposed to whitefish? I guess they probably eat the same things available in the river. Are there any specific nymphs that trout will go after more-so than whitefish?

Cool Hand Hodge 09-22-2011 03:31 PM

Re: Montana Whitefish Invasion
 
If those are the same whitefish we get out here in the Great Lakes...they are delicious! My answer would be to eat all the whitefish!

watson 09-22-2011 03:55 PM

Re: Montana Whitefish Invasion
 
Tossing streamers should do the trick!;)

silver creek 09-22-2011 04:36 PM

Re: Montana Whitefish Invasion
 
Some areas have more whitefish than others so I would try other parts of the river. Another tactic is to fish a dry and dropper. I catch fewer white fish using this technique. You can also fish dries during a hatch. The white fish rise is different than a trout rise.

tcampbell011 09-22-2011 09:11 PM

Re: Montana Whitefish Invasion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Cool Hand Hodge (Post 321037)
If those are the same whitefish we get out here in the Great Lakes...they are delicious! My answer would be to eat all the whitefish!

How do you cook them? I kept some and baked them but there were too many bones to eat around to enjoy it. I heard they are pretty good smoked..

gatortransplant 09-22-2011 09:38 PM

Re: Montana Whitefish Invasion
 
Really boney fish are often dealt with well via smoking, like you've mentioned. Plus its just so darn tasty! I can deal with not being able to get the smell out for days...


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