A day on the White River

30 minutes into the trail

30 minutes into the trail

Finally we’re getting out of our go-to rivers like the Roaring Fork and Colorado and exploring some new territory. My Dad and I made the drive up to Meeker and the Flat Tops Wilderness this past weekend to check out the new to us White River. Here’s the report I posted to The Catch and the Hatch and the link.

White River Fly Fishing Report

  • Date: 07/05/2013 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Section: Upper South Fork
  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • Author – Matthew Tankersley

Upper South Fork

Description: Well worth the trip even though the fishing wasn’t top notch. Beautiful scenery and good to get away from the crowded water of the Roaring Fork Valley

Advice: Dry-Dropper rigs worked for us. Foam stonefly on top and yellow sally nymph following behind. In the later afternoon PMD’s and Yellow Sally’s were taking large rainbows off the surface.


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Fish Counter

  • Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
  • Fish Caught: 6
  • Fish Hooked: 3
  • Average Fish Size: 13″-16″
  • Largest Fish: 15″
  • Fish Species: Brown Trout
  • Fish Caught: 2
  • Fish Hooked: 0
  • Average Fish Size: 7″-12″
  • Largest Fish: 12″

Successful Flies

  • Stonefly Dry:  #8 Yellow Schlotter’s Rogue Foam Giant Stone
  • Stonefly Nymph:  #12 Yellow Sally Beadhead Nymph
  • Mayfly Dry:  #14 White Yellow Sally Stimulator

We had an awesome day and concluded that it was one of our new favorite rivers. To get to the good stuff that we were fishing, right before you get to Buford coming from Meeker take a right onto the road towards Newcastle then a left at the next junction. Follow for about 13 miles and you’ll get to a campsite with a hiking trail at the back. Follow it up and the further away you get the better and more secluded it is. Let me know if you have any questions about fishing up there or if your going to head up there.


One response to “A day on the White River

  1. That’s one of my favorite freestone rivers in all the West. I was on the south fork the same day – though we hiked in from the top at Budges and spent two nights on the river. It was some of the most epic fishing I’ve had in years up there. Great to see that river is still in great condition and glad you had a great time!


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