Dear fly fishermen (and women),
It's your friendly neighborhood Mountain Whitefish here. Scientific name, Prosopium williamsoni. I know some of you anglers might not think too much of us. You might consider us to be bottom feeders, a nuisance, and even a trash fish! None of these things are true. Did you know we are native to most western rivers, just like your beloved cutthroats? Did you know we also like to eat dry flies on occasion? Did you also know that strong populations of mountain whitefish are signs of a healthy river? Hey, I'm just here to set the record straight.
So, don't be a hater.
|Transparent gill plate. Kinda cool eh?|
Some folks call us the Rocky Mountain Bonefish. Not sure how to take that. I've never met a bonefish after all. By the name, it doesn't sound like they would be good eating. Us on the other hand are
|Ain't no cutthroat, but ain't to bad to look at either, right?|
Yes I know we're easy to catch, sometimes too easy. It's not our fault we can't pass up anything with a gold bead and peacock herl on it. Hey if trout were this easy to catch would you be complaining?
Didn't think so.
Yes I know most folks don't think we're the prettiest fish out there. That's not our fault. I also know that we're a little scaly, slimy, and give your hands and net a bit of a funk, so what? Don't blame us, blame evolution.
So next time you want to curse us when you spot a whitefish attached to your fly just remember, would you rather catch nothing? On second thought don't answer that.
What I'm trying to say is: All we want is a little respect, maybe a little care when you release us. Please don't throw, drop, squeeze, kick, or toss us around. Don't we deserve a little better? Whitefish are native after all, and we eat your stupid flies. With enthusiasm I might add.
Please. Don't be a hater.