Crooked River

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Crooked
below Bowman Dam
7 pm
3.34/218
107.5
7 30 year
Crooked
Terrebone
7 pm
4.38/167
134.1
7 30 year
5 pm
2.41/216
7 30 year
7 pm
2.06/1340 ↑
7 30 year
04/20:

Dave at Fin and Fire anglers have been doing well. Expect hatches of blue-winged olives as well as emerging midges. Expect hatches of size 16 dark caddis (grannoms) to begin soon. You can't go far wrong with a size 18-20 Purple Haze with a size 20-22 Zebra Midge on a dropper, says Martin at Fly and Field Outfitters. Some anglers report success dead-drifting gray scud imitations. Size 20-22 Zebra Midges are also taking trout. The skwala stoneflies are fading.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Spinner

Size 16-20 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Dark body

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► Post-hatch, try a size 16-18 brown Soft Hackle to pick up trout feeding on egg-laying females in moderate-speed runs.

► A good pre-hatch strategy is a two-nymph rig with a heavy fly--Rubber Legs, Kaufmanns Stonefly, etc.--on the point and a small nymph, such as a size-18 Pheasant Tail, on a dropper; use indicator tactics.

► There will be some sort of hatch nearly every day from 1:00 to 3:00 (daylight time). Cool, drippy days prolong and intensify the hatch, bringing more trout to the surface. Sometimes the best hatches occur when the weather is warming up after a couple of cold days. Temperatures near or below freezing will not produce a good hatch.

Pupa

Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Late in the month, you may encounter caddis hatches on warmer days.

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination.

Adult

Size 6-16 Scud. Olive, tan, olive-pink, olive-orange

► Scuds are light-shy, so cloudy days are a good time to try an imitation.

► Scud imitations are always a good choice here, especially when they have an orange or pink tint on the back. Dead drift your size 12-16 patterns near the bottom, or slowly retrieve them in slow water.

Trout


► If river flows are over 100 cfs, deep nymphing should work well. If it stays under 100 cfs, opt for shallow nymphing and dry fly fishing.

► Be sure to check the river levels in case of sudden spikes due to storms.

► When looking for a spot to fish, move slowly along the river. The Crooked is seldom fast, and trout tend to rise slowly and quietly. That makes it hard to spot rising trout unless you slow down and scan the water carefully.

► When the river has lots of angling pressure, small patterns usually are more productive.

► If the weather is consistently dropping below freezing at night, and isn't much warmer during the day, the water cools off and fishing is fair at best. However, a brief warming trend can be good for fishing.
Prineville

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

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