I have been waiting a year for this. At night I'd surf the local fishing boards looking for that big mouth. The guy who can't help but post his haul of fish and that would open the flood gates. I didn't see that post yet but I did see little teases here and there. I couldn't take it anymore and decided to try a spot after work. I have fished and caught white bass the last 4yrs. I don't know if it's the time span in between the seasons but I can never remember how hard they fight. On my 5th cast I was reminded. The fish jerked the line pretty much hooking itself. It used the current and after a nice tussle I received not only my first white bass of the season but validation that my flies work.
I think this was a female because usually the males aren't this large. I honestly can never really tell.
This turned out to be my only white bass of the night. I was able to catch a few largemouth. The bonus was they were all caught on flies I tied. This last one was caught on an orange backstabber.
White bass have to be my favorite fish to catch with a fly rod. I can never get enough of them. If I could find out how to catch them year round I would. The runs here only last about a month. They never start soon enough and they are over way too fast.