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Troutwhisperer 07-07-2012 01:41 PM

Some montana trout
 
Everyone seems to love Montana, and i dont blame them. The fishing right now is awesome. Here are some trout to look at. Enjoy

First fish of the day
http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...89490836_n.jpg

First brown of the day.
http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...60267908_n.jpg

These fish are all stocked but its hard to tell.
http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...990695_n-1.jpg

http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...91724072_n.jpg

My friends first brown on a fly
http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...29054644_n.jpg

A big whitefish. Some of them had us trying to remember the record.
http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/...29670425_n.jpg

mikel 07-07-2012 01:47 PM

Re: Some montana trout
 
Verrry nice...what a great way to spend the day! I'll be there in Sept. Seems like an eternity to wait...-m

dean_mt 07-07-2012 05:24 PM

Re: Some montana trout
 
Good day. Where are you fishing? You don't have to say if it's a special spot, just curious because Montana doesn't stock trout in many rivers anymore.

jw12 07-12-2012 04:20 PM

Re: Some montana trout
 
Ive fished in Idaho before and it was always a let down when you thought you had a nice trout and it turned out to be a whitefish.

shortyb 07-14-2012 04:24 PM

Re: Some montana trout
 
Dont hate on whitey! I mean its no trout but it is a greyling species and to me when you get a 16" whitefish on its a fight, even if its not as hard as a same sized brown. Not to mention these guys will save you on a cold spring day untill you do catcha brown/rainbow and its that much sweeter!

BTW I cought my fist whitefish on a streamer in a local tailwater this spring. I wasent aware they would take a streamer. So when I caught 20 whitefish on a dry, nonbeadhead nymphs and streamers in 40 degree weather in one day im happy... Whitey has a Bad rap? I think so.

Troutwhisperer 07-14-2012 05:38 PM

Re: Some montana trout
 
I totally agree shorty. Whitefish get a bad rap. They save many fly fisherman's days and the big ones can give you a good fight.

I don't understand why some call whitefish trash fish. Whitefish are good indicators of the health of a stream. They can only live in the cleanest streams unlike trout.

dean_mt 07-14-2012 05:42 PM

Re: Some montana trout
 
A whitefish is a whitefish is a whitefish. It is a salmonidae, or in the trout family. Grayling are also salmanidae.

Mountain Whitefish - Montana Field Guide

When your trout fishing, you just have to accept catching some whiteys. I can usually tell within 3 seconds of hooking one that it is whitey, so the disappointment factor is low. But the other night I casting to rising fish all around me on glassy hole of the Clark Fork; I drifted my parachute over a close riser and was pretty surprised to find it was whitefish, and decent sized one. I counted that one as legitimate catch that night. When you nymph one after the other, then I get frustrated.

But (rolled up and) smoked, they are tasty little suckers!

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Originally Posted by Troutwhisperer (Post 471080)
I don't understand why some call whitefish trash fish. Whitefish are good indicators of the health of a stream. They can only live in the cleanest streams unlike trout.

I agree 100%. They are, most of time, the only native fish in most Montana streams.

shortyb 07-16-2012 12:11 AM

Re: Some montana trout
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dean_mt (Post 471081)
A whitefish is a whitefish is a whitefish. It is a salmonidae, or in the trout family. Grayling are also salmanidae.

But (rolled up and) smoked, they are tasty little suckers![COLOR="Silver"]

Always good to learn something new. When reading about whitefish when i first started fishing I ran across a few pieces talking about them as closely related to Grayling. I guess you cannot call them than in Montana to be confused with Arctic Grayling. Which I have only caught a few but I know there is similar features with both and assumed they were of the same family (which they are) but figured they are more like each other than other salmanidae.

Whitefish are more than trout angler’s consolation

The awesome color of a arctic graylings dorsal makes graylings one the coolest fish to have on a fly imo. My first was out of the bighole area, then another out of west rosebud lake and that its VERY RARE to actually catch one out of that watershed. Very very cool fish to admire.


I agree that our Mountain whitefish are great eating too. Since every one considers them trash fish no one seems to glare at me for keeping 1 or 2 now and then. Though I do practice catch and release for the rest ;)


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