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Old 09-22-2011, 02:21 PM
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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.

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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?
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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!
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Tossing streamers should do the trick!
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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.
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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..
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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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