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River: Colorado River Glenwood Spgs to Rifle
Fish: Mountain Whitefish

White fish advice

Post By: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 11:27:07 AM     Points: 961    
Gonna be staying in the area soon and want to get into a white fish. I am catch and release I just want to add to my species list. Willing to hit roaring fork river too since it's close by. Thanks in advance for any advice.

 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 11/2/2016 11:35:09 AM     Points: 184621    
Most any trout nymph will produce. I'm fond of halfbacks, copper johns, pheasant tails, and prince nymphs. I'd suggest the roaring fork as the better option. In my experience, the trout and whitefish do not hold in the same spots in a run. So if you're catching trout at the head, look for the whitefish to be deeper and toward the tail, or vise versa. Right now I'd expect the whitefish toward the tail and deeper. Get the flies down.

Good luck
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 11:56:47 AM     Points: 961    
Thanks for the advice ! I think there's a fly shop near my hotel
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 11/2/2016 12:07:14 PM     Points: 184621    
I think that's the Roaring Fork Anglers. Good Shop. Consider picking up a copy of the access map for the areas you're looking at fishing.

On a side note. Up river toward Carbondale, there's a golf course and a bridge that crosses the river. Some public access in the area. That's were I caught a whitefish that held the catch and release record for a few years, 21 inches. It was early spring and it took a size 4 stonefly nymph.

 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 1:20:21 PM     Points: 961    
Awesome man! Thanks! If I have success I will post pics
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 1:46:21 PM     Points: 961    
Any other advice on lures and stuff? I like flys but will have my spinning rods as well
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 11/2/2016 4:38:14 PM     Points: 6098    
Hit up a local fly shop for the latest, they will appreciate the business.

Not common for whitefish to hit lures. It happens, just not often. Sometimes small spinners can work but it's hard to get them down to where the whitefish are.

Flyrodn is on the money. Dead drifting small, flashy nymphs in the deepest runs you can find is generally the way to go. Sz. 20-16. the flash is the real key. Use plenty of shot. Your flies should be dragging on the bottom.

They're delicious deep fried, btw.
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 4:45:30 PM     Points: 961    
Awesome thanks for all the good tips both of you!! Much appreciated!!!
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 8:13:51 PM     Points: 961    
Some to start. But I will definitely be hitting the local shop when I get there
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/2/2016 11:12:16 PM     Points: 160    
Look for some sandy bottom, tail outs or soft side currents with flat gradients and smooth sandy bottoms. The whities are schooling thick right now. Use some smaller BH mayfly nymphs just like what you have in your pic in a size 14 or 16. Both dark and light colors have been working. I'm headed up to harvest some this weekend. Be careful of the restrictions along the Colorado river and the Roaring Fork river. To protect the spawning Browns there are several closures on the Colorado and Roaring Fork 50 yds upstream and downstream of these creek tributaries. If you like to eat fish, the whitefish are a great resource and are very under utilized.
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/2/2016 11:35:14 PM     Points: 961    
Thanks budha hopfully we both do well!!
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/8/2016 5:37:08 PM     Points: 961    
Had one white fish get off right at shore other than that lots of trout. All in all a great weekend on the river.
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/9/2016 5:02:03 PM     Points: 160    
I landed only one decent whitefish, and had 4 others that got off early at my feet. Landed several trout including a nice brown and my buddy got a nice bow. We checked out several other spots and only found trout. We couldn't figure out where the whitefish went.
 Reply by: TonyGrinder      Posted: 11/12/2016 10:09:54 AM     Points: 961    
Right on man at least you got one! I came close would have been my first. Will have to try again another time

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