Crooked River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Crooked
below Bowman Dam
10 pm 478.00/660 7 30 year
Crooked
Terrebone
10 pm 746.00/1110 7 30 year
Crooked
blw nr Opal Cty
7 am 2.24/185 7 30 year
Crooked
nr Culver
10 pm 4.13/2380 ↓ 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in May

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Blue-winged olive
Pale morning dun
Mahogany dun
Spotted caddis
Green caddis
Midge
Scud

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

The Crooked can be high and unfishable in May, so check the river levels before heading over here. If the river's in shape, fishing should hold up until the weather gets hot in July.

Midges and caddis will provide the most of the action. Midge rises can be very difficult to detect--just a gentle sip and maybe a little bit of nose is all you'll see. So walk slowly, pause often, and use your eyes before unlimbering your casting arm. Keep your midge pupa patterns small, generally around size 20-22. However it's always a good idea to snag a real bug or at least its shuck and measure your fly against the real McCoy.

Grannom caddis will be hatching this month. Mid-month is a typical kick-off time for this hatch, but warmer weather can make it happen earlier, and cold weather can put it off for a week or so. A CDC Caddis or Henryville in size 12-14 is a good choice on this moderately-paced river. During a hatch and when there is no hatch, you can also cast a size 12-14 green Sparkle Pupa .

Blue-winged olive patterns and olive or orange scuds will work well, too.

Trout are still in spawning mode, so don't tread on a redd.

For more information on May fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
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twc
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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters 503-252-1529