Crooked River

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Crooked
below Bowman Dam
11 am
2.18/54
129.1
7 30 year
Crooked
Terrebone
11 am
4.11/105
124.4
7 30 year
9 am
2.17/178
7 30 year
11 am
1.96/1290
7 30 year
10/02:

Fishing has been very good, says Freeland at Fly and Field Outfitters, especially dry fly fishing. Early in the month you might see hatches of pale morning duns in the early afternoon, but as cooler weather becomes the norm you will see less of the PMDs and more blue-winged olives. Size 18-22 Zebra Midge, Zug Bugs, and Psycho Princes should continue to be productive as well. Wade carefully: rocks have a thick coat of algae.

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

► Cloudy, drippy weather stimulates the ubiquitous blue-winged olives. If it's sunny, look for them in areas where shadows fall on the water.

► Nymphs can be productive before, during, and after a blue-wing hatch, and even when there is no hatch that day. The key is to make sure your imitation is drifting near the bottom. To achieve that goal, you may want to team your nymph with a heavy fly such as a Kaufmanns Stonefly or beadhead Prince. You might want to look at Jeff Morgan's article on Tiny Flies for thoughts on these small nymphs.

Emerger

Size 12-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Red-brown body, gray wing

Bankwater, backeddies, slow runs: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 12-16 Comparadun, Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun. Red-brown body, gray wing

Bankwater, backeddies, slow runs: standard dry fly

► Hatches might be important for the first half of the month.

► These mayflies migrate to slow water before emerging, and hatches usually take place in the slow margins of the river. Trout are in no hurry to sip the duns, and rises are usually lazy, head-and-tail affairs. Because the action is in quiet water, your approach and casts need to be stealthy. The best strategy is to wait until you see a rise, then cast to that trout. Blind casting usually just puts the fish down. Let your cast settle gently on the water and avoid lining the trout. You may need a downstream presentation.

Pupa

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

► Be prepared for hatches in the early morning hours and at dusk.

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge or Griffiths Gnat 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, mornings, and evenings are best

► Carry pink patterns or olive with orange.

Adult

Size 4-10 Madam X, Daves Hopper, Morrish Hopper. Tan/yellow, olive/yellow, green

Bankwater with grass: standard dry fly
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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