Post By: TonyGrinder Posted: 11/2/2016 11:27:07 AMPoints: 1166
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.