I’ve never been a huge fan of white for streamers, despite its being a staple color in any trout box. Black or olive is my first choice, with yellow being the backup if the favorites blank. What I learned that April day, however, is that you never fish an Eastern tailwater in spring without white. Many of the reservoirs that feed these rivers are home to alewives, and somewhere between the third and fourth chunky brown we hooked, Demalderis explained that with the spring melt, these silvery baitfish sometimes spill over the dam. In essence, this creates an alewife hatch. It’s hard to say if that’s what we were experiencing or if white just happened to be the hot color, but when we started at least flashing a brown on white every 100 yards or so, we didn’t care. Not one other boat was on the river, and for the time being, we were dialed in.