photos courtesy of Steve Leuthi
The Red Deer River has seen several high water events (1995, 2005 and 2013) in recent years. Rocky mountain whitefish populations seemed to be adversely affected by the high fast water. Lately, several fly fishers have reported seeing many more rocky mountain whitefish. That is great news. I have had several trips "saved" by catching lots of rockies when the trout are not biting our offerings.
The Red Deer River has several species that readily come to a well presented fly. Rocky mountain whitefish is one of those species. Better still, you do not have to leave the city of Red Deer to fly fish for them.
I love the nose area of rockies. They use this prominate part of their head to root around for food in the river.
Rocky mountain whitefish are well worth a fly fishers time.