White River Fishing Report August 28 2011.
The White River as well as the Norfork River have been fishing excellent for the entire month of August! The high consistent flows of water on the rivers has put the fish into a 24 hour,round the clock feeding mode. The dry fly hopper bite has been very, very good with many browns in the 18 to 23 inch range being caught and released. The hopper dropper rigs have been producing very well, as well as working a lone hopper tight to the bank.
The rainbows are taking hoppers as well and are also being caught on size 14 to 16 bead heads like zebra midges and copper johns. The secret is to be sure and get enough weight either on the fly or above the fly on the tippet to get it down where the fish are holding. Some very large Browns have been taken lately with one 26 inch fish on a hopper that certainly made the anglers day. Dual bead head setups are also very effective in both reaching and catching the deeper fish.
Our spin fishermen have just been wearing the fish out! Allen and Lulu from Helena went out for 3 1/2 hours yesterday and caught over fifty rainbows! That has been the rule for the whole month of August. The guys are using rogues and Jigs, as well as the usual worms , power bait, and small plastics and spinners.
The lake is still way above pool so the high flows will probably continue into the early part of October. The weather is finally starting to cool down a little which makes for some fine days on the river. The hopper bite will continue to get better and better right up through the end of September unless it gets unseasonably cool. That would be nice, but I don’t expect it.
If you have any questions about the fishing in our area give me a call and we can talk fishing!
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