North Fork of the White

Keen’s North Fork of the White River fishing report

Posted by Kevin Keens on March 19th, 2012
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First trip at the end of Feb. was about the streamer bite & nymphing black stoneflies for the browns. A buddy of mine, Mark, and I caught several nice brownies + a load of those stockers and reg. sized bows using a variety of streamers (slumps + meatwhistles the best) & nymhing stoneflies HEAVY and DEEP from Sunburst downstream. Water levels were ideal for wading + a couple of overcast skies made for a great trip.

Went back w/ Dad earlier this week and the river was up and rising. Fished Kelly to Sunburst Monday @ 800+ cfs and continued to rise throughout the day. Thought for sure the streamer bite would be on fire….no dice. Bluebird skies might have had something to do with that….who knows. Anyway, switched over to the heavy nymph rigs fished DEEP and started picking up reg. sized bows consistantly the remainder of the day. Black rubber legs, eggs, flashback PT’s, & caddis larvae all produced. Dad stuck this fat & happy 18″ bow near Blair to wrap up the day. Floated Tues. from S’burst to James, water level over 1200 & wading tough….so we stuck with fishing from the rafts most of the time & some really nice bows came to play! Rubber legs were by far the fly of choice, fished HEAVIER and DEEPER in the seams and pocket water. Landed several 16+” that day, largest @ 19″. Threw streamers intermittently throughout the day with only a few soft takes. 90% of fish landed were bows, the remaining stocker brownies. Always a special trip when given the opportunity to fish with Dad.

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