Crane Prairie Reservoir

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10/02:

Trout are spread out over the entire reservoir, Freeland at Fly and Field Outfitters, so cover the water! Some anglers are doing well with a midge pupa imitation fished below an indicator so that the fly rests just above the weed tops. Leech imitations are good choices, especially in low light conditions. Callibaetis hatches are dribbling off as the water cools; they will soon not be a factor.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Emerger

Size 14-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

Dun

Size 14-16 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Adams, Comparadun. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► Expect an early-October resurgence of these hatches. They should be mostly done by mid-month.

► Be prepared to fish all stages of the hatch: nymph, emerger, dun, spinner.

Pupa

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

► 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. You can speed up this process by fishing two pupa (different sizes and colors) at once and noting which one the trout show more interest in.

► Look for midge hatches at any time of day, and cast a midge pupa pattern on a floating line when you see feeding trout. Let your cast sit quietly and try to stay awake. When you see a subtle swirl near your fly, tighten up.

Adult

Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► Always a good choice here.

Adult

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

► Crane has a large population of three-spined sticklebacks, and imitations can be effective.

Trout


► Use a long leader (12-15 feet).

► There's nothing like a little wind riffle to improve fishing on Crane Prairie.

► If the lake is high, trout will be spread out. If it's low, they will be concentrated in the old river channels.

► Water temperature will be dropping quickly; when the lake is cool, you will often find the most receptive trout in the main (southern) part of the lake because the water stays warmer there.

► When the weather's nice and the wind is from the east, the lake stays very calm and fishing is poor.
La Pine

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Hook 541-593-2358

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814

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