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18, 000 cfs generation is not every bodies cup of tea.
When it comes to fishing the White River, granted fishing high, fast water is not quite the same as the lower flows. We fish for risers taking caddis, mayfly and midges.
Nevertheless it’s what you have to deal with when the dates are booked, which was the case when my regulars- Ed, Jim, Bob, Ted and Saxon arriving for their regular fall fishing trips with me.

That is not to say the fishing is worthless, far from it.
What it requires is intimate knowledge of the river so far as where the fish will likely be found and given the zone you are fishing; what is going to be your best option.

Some days it may be a large dry that induces a trophy Brown to show up, maybe a streamer at times, or deep water nymph tactics, not to mention traditional style wet fly, which for myself is always a good bet.

Contrary to belief neither is fishing rigs with large gaudy flies or heavy weight the only game in town. 
Each section of the river may require a different approach. 
Granted a good choice is to fish close to banks, but not always. Mid-stream shallows over gravel bars and rock structure will likely hold fish, as will slow water run offs from fast water seams.
Fishing over grass and moss beds may also be productive at times.
Fact is fish will tend to move around during high water flows.
Even better, high water flows are good for the Rainbows to add some weight.

Generally at this time of the year the Browns have packed on weight in readiness for the spawn season and may not be as aggressive as they were earlier in the year.
Often as not the females are heavy with eggs and are less likely to have interest in larger food sources. It is at such times that smaller flies will better the larger patterns, which was certainly the case for my fisherman.
Racking up between them some impressive numbers of Bows, Browns and Cutthroats, some of which are included in the pictures shown.






By the way two of the larger Browns were caught fishing DW style wet fly tactics, size 12 hook flies !!!


(Posted by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle)


Davy Wotton speaking at 89er's TU Chapter- January 14th, 2014

Returning to Oklahoma City!
Davy is looking forward to once again seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

The weather is suppose to be great and we hope everyone can make it out.


***For more information on Davy’s upcoming program please contact the 89er’s website.***

Its that time of the year with great expectations we look forward to the caddis season, for it is the first major emerging food  source in abundance that the trout will key onto.
Often as not many of the larger Browns will rise to  the occasion giving the fly fisherman opportunities to hook up a  trophy feeding close too and on the water surface, not to mention the many Bows  that will also come to the fly.
During the period of time caddis are active trout will forage at the river bed for the caddis larva and the early movements of the  pupa as they begin the process of emergence to the surface, in other words trout  are now looking in all directions for active caddis, be it larva, pupa, emergers  and adults, which open up many options for the angler to hone  in.
My years of experience have taught me that one of,  if not the most effective way to catch trout at this time is with pupa and wet fly tactics, by that l mean traditional style winged wet flies, which is  also the case when you see trout taking the adults, all be it fishing the dry caddis should not be ruled out by any means. As dry fly fishing in its own right  is great fun.
There are 3 primary fly patterns l would not be without for l can almost guarantee that one or more of the three with nail fish,  in fact l would bet money on it, assuming you present and fish them right.
They are:
1. Davy Wotton SLF Transparent Caddis Pupa Emerger.
2. Davy Wotton Green Butt Emerger/soft hackle
3. Davy Wotton Cruncher wet fly.
We will deal with tying the Cruncher in this article-
The "Cruncher", Tied by Davy Wotton- Photo by Teresa "TBird" VanWinkle March 31, 2013

The “Cruncher”, Tied by Davy Wotton- Photo by Teresa “TBird” VanWinkle March 31, 2013


Hook. Scud hook sizes 12 /14
Thread: Brown/tan/orange.
Tail: Two strands of brown mallard
Body: 1/3 gold  2/3 SLF Whitlock # 1 Red Fox Thorax,
Rib: Holographic Flashabou.
Wing: Strands of light tan moose hock.
Hackle: I prefer hen pheasant neck// other than brown partridge or hen hackle light brown/tan.

        Tying Technique

Run a flat thread base to a position above hook  point, here tie in 2 or 3 strands of brown mallard, so they extend 1/2 to 3/4  ins past the hook bend.
Tie in at the same point a 4 ins strand of the  Flashabou.. forward the thread 1/3 length of hook shank and dub on a sparse body  of the dubbing, 2/3rds the hook shank, make sure you leave enough room for wing  and hackle.
Wind now the flashabou to cover the bare thread at  the rear of the hook and then run open spirals of rib over the dubbing to  the thread. Secure and cut off excess.
From the elk, select about 12 strands, deposit into  you hair stacker, make sure all fine tips are gathered in line and offer them to  the fly, about same overall length of the fly body. Secure very tight with about  4 to 5 wraps of thread, cut off excess.
Hackle, remove worthless fiber from the stem, draw  back fibers from the hackle tip allowing for you to tie in the hackle by the  tip, 3 turns of thread. Proceed to wind the hackle  2 or 3 turns, secure,  cut off surplus and for a neat head to the fly, whip finish and  varnish.


This is a winged wet fly and as such l would  normally fish this fly in conjunction with one or more of the above named flies.  Its position would be above the tail or mid dropper  fly 3 to 4ft. The  initial cast made slightly up and across allow the fly or flies in the case of 2  or 3 to dead drift track to a position just below directly across stream,  by raising the rod and using a slow rate of recovery either as a continuos draw  or short pulls and pauses bring the fly or flies slowly back at a across stream  angle toward you to a position directly downstream. Aim to have the cruncher  skimming the surface so as to imitate a skating caddis, watch out for the takes  as they can be explosive.
A dry line is first choice, if fishing deeper and  faster water l may well use a Intermediate line.

Here are 3 deadly combinations to work with.

1. Trans caddis pupa tail…cruncher top  dropper
2. DW Green butt soft hackle……cruncher top dropper.
3. Trans caddis tail…GB soft hackle mid dropper….Cruncher top dropper.
For those of you interested to further wet fly/soft  hackle tying techniques and wet fly fishing techniques.
Wet Fly Ways. The Art and Science of fishing  traditional winged wet fly, soft hackles and spiders.
Wet Fly Tying.. Covers all techniques for tails/bodies/wings and hackles.
Copyright  Davy Wotton
Posted by: TBird March 31, 2013
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