Crooked River

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below Bowman Dam
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7 30 year
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7 30 year
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7 30 year
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1.95/1330 ↑
7 30 year

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


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

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


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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


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

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


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

runs, slowish riffles: surface swing

► 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.

► Cloudy, drippy weather stimulates the blue-winged olives. If it's sunny, look for them in areas where shadows fall on the water. Frigid weather, however, is not good for the hatch. When there is a hatch, it will probably start around noon and last until around 2:00. This hatch will get better in February.


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

► Scud imitations are always a good winter 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.

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


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

► Fishing can be inconsistent in January. Some patterns work in one spot on one day, and a different fly is called for on a different day in a different spot. So take the whole fly box and be ready to change patterns.

► 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.

► 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.

► You might spot some small black stoneflies near the end of the month.

► 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.


► Access can be tricky in January; road conditions are your biggest uncertainty, and you might run into snowy riverbanks and slick roads.

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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