Crooked River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Crooked River, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Most nymphing during the spring months will require you to be smart with the depth of the nymphs you're fishing. If you're tired of split shot on the leader, try using a tungsten bead head nymph(s) to act as your weight. We also sell a product in the shop called Deep Soft Weight from Loon Outdoors that is a re-usable, bio degradable tungsten putty that you can roll onto your leader very easily. You can use as much or as little of it as you want and it makes casting a lot less clunky as well. Make nymphing easier by utilizing a small yarn or New Zealand Wool indicator. Takes are often very subtle and having a sensitive indicator helps immensely. Another great product we carry here at the shop is the BioStrike Indicator Putty from Loon Outdoors. It is a bio-degradable, re-usable putty that allows you to use as much or as little as you'd like if your fishing small flies and light rigs. It can be very useful for picking up subtle strikes and won't make as big as a disturbance on the water as a regular Thingamabobber will tend to do.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Crooked River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters

Water flow: 299 CFS

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Mid Day to late afternoon

Best stretch: 10-15 miles located below Bowman Dam

Best access point: There are many access points on the Crooked, as the Hwy parallels the river for over 15 miles

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BWO's, PMD's, Spotted Caddis, Green Caddis, Grannom Caddis, Midges

Fish species: Rainbow Trout and Rocky Mountain Whitefish

Fishing season: Open all year

Nearest airport: Roberts Field Airport (RDM), Redmond, Oregon

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Crooked River Description

CROOKED RIVER OREGON: The Crooked River offers exciting central Oregon fly fishing action for rainbow trout. The Crooked River Oregon is the best river in Central Oregon to be introduced to fly fishing. The Crooked River Oregon flows from the base of Prineville Reservoir through a deep canyon of rim rock. Wandering down from Bowman dam through this magnificent desert canyon, the Crooked River Oregon feeds the ...

Techniques & Tips

Czech-style nymphing or nymphing with an indicator are excellent tactics this time of year. The dry fly fishing can be productive if you can find rising fish to make a presentation to. Our favorite dry is a Sparkle Dun, Purple Haze, Parachute Adams, Film Critic or any cripple pattern in 18-22 sizes. Our favorite droppers/nymphs are Ray Charles, Zebra Midge, WD-40, Rainbow Warrior, Pheasant Tail, and 2-Bit Hooker in 18-22 sizes. Fishing multiple flies underneath a small wool or airlock strike indicator is also effective because oftentimes the takes are very, very soft. Smaller leech and bugger patterns stripped or swung through pools and runs have been productive. Try swinging or dead drifting small soft hackles as well.

7-Day Forecast

The flows on the Crooked have been behaving for us recently. Fishing has been pretty darn good despite the extreme fluctuations in water management this winter and spring. Most of the action has been on nymphs, get out there! CONFLUENCE FLY SHOP 375 SW POWERHOUSE DRIVE, SUITE 100 BEND OREGON 97702 541-678-5633 For fly pattern recommendations and directions to the most productive stretches of water.

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