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    I'm thinking of going fly fishing for whitefish this spring. I'm most likely going to try out a mayfly dry fly, but seeing as I've never gone for whitefish before, I have no idea what flies are effective for whitefish. Can anybody think of a better fly for whitefish?

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    When I was in college down in MT, we would catch them on nymphs quite regularly. Try any of the bead heads in sizes 12 and smaller.
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    This worked for me this past weekend....21 inches


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    Never seen one take a dry, but i have caught a bunch on bead heads and beads like others suggested.
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    Yup, beadheads for me, too. I'm prone to #14 Pheasant Tails early and late in the day, #16 Hares Ear in the brighter hours. Fishing them tandem really seems to help. I don't recall ever getting a double, but I sure get a lot more singles when fishing with two flies. Keep life simple by tying 12-18" of leader onto the bend of your lead fly, then hang your second fly from that. Sure beats using a "dropper" further up the leader.

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    We used to nail them on the biggest fluffy white winged dry in the box up at Lk Louise when I was just a wee lad. The bite was subtle and they have extremely soft mouths you can't be yanking on em





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    are you fishing in AK or in the Lower 48? in AK I've caught the most whitefish on egg patterns and a few on beadhead nymphs... in the lower 48 you might try small eggs (they eat their own eggs) and little copper johns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullbush View Post
    The bite was subtle and they have extremely soft mouths you can't be yanking on em
    We second the subtle bite and the soft mouths....

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    They any good to eat?
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    Great to eat if fresh.
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    I've caught them using sculpins, beads, nymphs, and dry's. If they are in the river and your fly is in the strike zone, they will bite.

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    Gold ribbed hares ear. Size 12-14

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    i caught a couple this past weekend down on the kenai using size 8 beads and also heard reports of others doing the same. In the interior i would get them on beadhead cream caddis nymphs
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