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Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
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01/25/14 Customer reporting catching some nice brown trout using our Brown Sculpin
streamer. He called to order more.
02/01/14 No reports from customers this past week but the weather is still good for
wintertime fishing and the stream levels are still in good shape.
02/08/14 Customer ordering flies reporting few anglers have fished but warmer
weather is expected with rain. Blue-winged olives could even begin to hatch within
the next few days.
02/15/14 There is rain and rain/snow in the forecast every day for the next week.
Water levels are high. In the long run, this will improve the fishing conditions.
02/22/14 The stream has dropped back down just below normal levels and is in good
shape. No reports of fish being caught came in but stream and weather conditions
are in great shape.
03/01/14 The water is currently low but that may change soon. There is snow changing
to rain forecast for the next week. Right now, conditions are good.
03/08/14 Fishing has been excellent during the past week. Customers ordering Perfect
Fly Blue-winged Olive, size 18 nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners.
03/15/14 The stream levels are below normal, the water warmer and conditions are
excellent. We received some good reports from anglers.
03/29/14 The stream levels are still on the low side and fishing is great. There is rain in
the forecast everyday for the next week and the levels will be rising. The fishing should
remain good unless it get too high.
04/05/14 Some good reports of catches mostly on Blue-winged Olive nymphs and
scuds. Some hatches reported and some trout are being taken on dry flies.
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04/12/14 A customer reported catching several trout this past week. The stream has
been up and down and hampered the fishing some.
04/19/14 The Crooked River has continued to produce plenty of trout. Most are being
taken on small BWO nymphs but some hatches have been reported.
05/10/14 Stream levels are still relatively low and a great deal of stealth is required
but the fly fishing opportunities still remain very good.
05/17/14 Customer ordering BWOs reported the fishing has been great. Not many
anglers are fishing, but those that are, are doing well.
05/24/14 Pale Morning Duns have started hatching. Anglers are catching trout about
as well as they ever do. Conditions are excellent.
05/31/14 More good reports coming in from this past week. Two customers ordered
PMDs and reported BWOs and caddisfly hatches are plentiful. Both Green Sedges and
Spotted Sedges should be hatching.
06/07/14 To make it simple, fishing is as good as it gets on Crooked River. More good
reports from anglers ordering more flies. PMDs are showing up in good numbers.
06/14/14 More good reports came in via email and phone from customers
ordering flies and catching fish.
06/21/14 We continue to get good fishing reports from Crooked. Our customers are
catching trout and reporting some good hatches.
07/05/14 PMDs are hatching big time and anglers imitating them well are catching
lots of trout.
07/19/14 The recent cooler weather should help the "catching". Some anglers are
doing well and others not so well. Terrestrial imitations are working.
07/26/14 I don't know if the hot weather has slowed anglers down or the fish feeding
activity. One angler reporting he is catching plenty of trout and one complaining he
isn't doing as well as usual.
08/10/14 More good fishing reports have come in this past two weeks. Most anglers
are using terrestrials but there are still plenty of caddisflies hatching.
08/16/14 Lots of Trico Mayflies are hatching and at least one angler is scoring well
08/30/14 There are still some nice trout being taken by those that can master the
small BWO and Trico imitations. There is a lot of algae in the water and this makes it
difficult to fish subsurface.
09/13/14 One good report and one not so good. It will help when the water temp
drops some. Lots of Tricos and size 20 BWOs.
09/2714 Some improvement has taken place but vegetation is still bothering most
anglers. You are just about limited to dry flies in some areas. We expect conditions to
greatly improve in October.
10/11/14 Low water levels and grass is making it tougher than normal but anglers are
still catching decent numbers of trout on top. Terrestrial are still working.
10/18/14 The stream levels are better and more rain is forecast. This should improve
the conditions although anglers have continued to catch good numbers of trout.
10/25/14 Anglers are reporting good fishing conditions with more rain this past week
and cooler weather. BWOs are hatching in good numbers.
11/08/14 Two more good reports from our customers. The weather has been good
and looking good for the next week. Midges and BWOs are the flies your should be
Crooked River, Oregon - Fishing Report - Updated April 22, 2017
11/28/14 The weather is turning much colder and there's rain in the forecast but that
actually has little effect on the trout. The water temperature is almost constant. Anglers
are reporting catching trout on BWOs and midges. Scuds and sowbugs are also
Crooked River Fishing Report - Archive:
12/07/14 The fishing has been excellent. Customers are reporting catching good
numbers and sizes of trout using size 18/20 Blue-winged Olive nymphs and midges.
Red midges (blood) midges and cream midges are producing well. Fish the larva on
the bottom of a tandem rig and the pupa up about a foot above it.
12/12/14 The key to fly fishing the Crooked River is midges, more midges and
even more midges. Size 20 or 22, reds and creams, larva, pupa and adults. We
suggest tandem rigs with the pupa on top and larva the bottom fly.
12/20/14 We received another good report from a customer fishing blood, or red
midges. He is fishing the larva on the bottom and pupa 12 up the tippet in tandem.
Stream levels are remaining in okay shape and the weather has been nice for this
time of the year.
12/27/14 Fishing was very good up until the rain. The stream is high and dingy. Keep
a check on the levels.
01/03/15 Two good reports from customers this past few days. Water has cleared
and in good shape. Midges, both cream and red (blood) midge larva and pupa are
working great. Fish them in tandem (red or cream) but don't mix them. Brown Sculpin
streamers are also working well.
01/10/15 No reports from the past week but conditions remain good. The air temps
will be a little colder but the water should remain about the same.
01/17/15 Heavy discharges have stopped the action on the Crooked River. Watch the
discharges. Fishing should be fine when they drop back to normal.
01/24/15 High flows continue to hamper the fly fishing opportunities.
01/31/15 Stream levels have been down the past three or four days and anglers
have caught a few trout. The weather has also been a little warmer.
02/21/15 Two good reports from the past week where customers caught several
trout on BWO nymphs and our Brown Sculpin streamers.
04/07/15 We received two great reports from our regular customers this past
week. BWO nymphs and Brown Sculpin streamers produced well.
03/21/15 More good reports for the past two weeks. We missed reporting last
week. Some BWO hatches have taken place and fish caught on dry flies.
03/28/15 No reports from the past week but conditions remain good.
04/11/15 Customers have been catching some very nice trout during the past two weeks
when the flows were decent. This should be getting even better with warmer water.
05/23/15 Plenty of Little Black Caddis hatching. Water temps are about 48 degrees.
06/13/15 PMDs, and lots of caddis are starting to hatch. Three good reports the past week.
07/04/15 Spotted Sedges, Green sedges, Little Yellow stones, PMDs, hatching.
Terrestrials becoming important.
07/18/15 Terrestrials, carpenter ants, Japanese beetles and hoppers are starting
to work good.
08/08/15 More good reports from customers the past two weeks. This is one of the
best trout fishing options in the state right now.
08/15/15 Good spinner falls and egg laying caddis activity taking place after sunset to
08/22/15 Don't forget scuds and sowbugs. They are the mainstay of the fish diet.
08/29/15 Cooler weather will help but we are still getting reports from those that know
what they are doing. You do need to match the hatch and most plentiful foods.
09/05/15 The water levels come up just a little and it got a little cooler but that didn't last
long. It is in better shape though, and every little bit helps.
09/12/15 The river is back down flowing lower than is normal for this time of the year
but in better shape, thanks to the recent rain. Two good reports came in this past
09/19/15 The river level is up just above normal level and that's a big help. Conditions
are as good as they get at this time of the year.
09/26/15 The stream levels are a little low right now, but that just makes it a little
tougher to stay hidden from the trout and requires good presentations.
10/03/15 The flows are up a little near normal levels and that should help the fishing.
Nymphs are producing but a few trout are taking Spotted sedge caddis on top.
10/10/15 Dry fly fishing has been great for the past several days. Lots of caddis and
BWOs are on the water. Cooler weather and better stream levels have helped.
10/17/15 Very good conditions continue on the Crooked River tailwater. Good stream
levels and weather are making it possible for anglers to catch several fish a day.
10/24/15 There is rain in the forecast and it is needed so they can flush the river out
good. It will help the fishing big time. Good conditions exist right now but will get better.
10/31/15 Good conditions exist in the Crooked river. Scuds and BWO nymphs are
working good. Our Brown sculpin streamer fly is catching a lot of big brown trout.
11/07/15 The is a lot of rain and rain/snow in the forecast this coming week with much
cooler air temperatures. Flows are normal and fishing should be great.
11/14/15 Even though there has been some rain and snow, the water levels are still a
little low. Anglers that use the right strategies and flies are catching plenty of trout.
11/21/15 Flows are still okay. Blue-winged olives have hatched in good numbers and a
lot of Cream midges. Fish the midge pupa and larva in tandem. Two good reports in.
11/28/15 There are still complaints of grass and stained water but that's part of the
challenge with the stream. Those that have learned to use the right methods and
setups can deal with it and catch plenty of trout.
12/05/15 The stream levels remain low but there are still good numbers of trout being
caught. Small BWO nymphs and midges are key. The Brown Sculpin streamer a good one.
12/12/15 It is difficult to believe that with all the rain and flooding events taking place in
Oregon, that the Crooked River is still flowing below a normal level.
12/19/15 There is snow in the forecast through Monday and then rain from Tuesday
through next Friday. The stream levels are still running at a normal level but
remember, this is a tailwater and that can vary, so check them.
12/26/15 The stream is flowing at a good level to fish. The weather is colder but that
should only affect the angler, not the trout in the tailwater. The water stays near the
01/02/15 The Crooked River is in very good shape for this time of the season.
Midges and little Blue-winged olive nymphs are the go to flies. Two good reports
from this past week came in from customers.
01/09/15 The cooler conditions has helped. The few discharges have helped. Those
who got off the couch did well this past week. The overcast skies also help.
01/16/16 The weather forecast looks scary off hand, but is actually good for fly fishing
the Crooked river. The cloud cover helps a lot and midge and winter stoneflies hatch
better when it is cloudy.
01/23/16 The river level is up above normal some but that only helps. Use the White
Belly sculpin streamer and you will catch some trout.
01/30/16 The discharges are up some right now but that isn't all bad. You just have to
fish in sections of the water out of the fast current. Use midges, and little BWO nymphs.
02/06/16 The stream is back down to its normal level for this time of the year. There is
no rain in the forecast and the weather is going to be nice and warm.
02/13/16 The stream is up just a little and the water stained some but that only helps
the streamer fishing. The White Belly sculpin and BWO nymphs, size 18, are the flies
02/20/15 The river is very high, flowing at 1080 cfs and at 4.95 ft. You will have to
watch the levels and fish when it falls. Blue-winged olives are hatching.
02/27/16 Discharges are down some but the levels are still high and there's more rain
in the forecast. Blue-winged olives and midges are both hatching good.
03/05/16 The levels have been high for the past several days due to high discharges
but they are down now and the river is in good shape.
03/12/16 The discharges continue to be heavy. There's a good chance of rain and
later in the week, snow, everyday for the next week.
03/19/16 It is time the rain gave us a break. The water is getting warm and several new
aquatic insect are going to start hatching very soon. They are having to run a lot of
water due to recent heavy rains. You will just have to watch the stream levels.
03/26/16 The discharges are very high, with the river flowing at 1560 cfs at 5.88 ft.
Normal flows are 259 cfs at this time of the year.
04/02/16 The discharges and stream level is down to a normal height and conditions great
for catching trout. Blue-winged olives, midges and scuds are the flies you need to use.
04/16/16 The Crooked River is flowing high and a little stained right now. It should drop
soon. There is no rain in the forecast for the next week.
04/23/16 The stream levels are back down to 373 cfs at 3.02 feet. That is a good level
and wading is possible in parts of the river. Little Black caddis are hatching.
04/30/16 The USGS gauge is messed up and not working, and we are not certain as
to what the discharges or levels are. They should be okay, based on the lake level.
05/07/16 The discharges and flow are fine and there is no rain forecast for the next
wee. Lots of Blue-winged olives are hatching. The water is warming fast and PMDs will
soon be hatching.
05/14/16 The river is a little high right now but easy to fish from the banks. We
recommend streamers. This should change shortly and discharges will be lower.
05/21/16 The river gauge is out, but the levels appear to be just a little above
normal. Anglers are catching good numbers of trout and some on dry flies.
05/28/16 The flows have been very high but should be back to the 265 cfs rate at this
time. This should provide a good week of fly fishing opportunity for the stream.
06/04/16 The conditions remain good and anglers are reporting that they are catching
plenty of trout. BWO nymphs are still producing good but the Pale Morning Duns have
begin to hatch and should provide the most action.
06/11/16 The discharges and resulting flows are low making it easy to wade. Lots of
hatches are taking place including the PMDs and others. Good conditions exist.
06/18/16 The discharges and stream levels are good and our customers are catching a
lot of trout. Pale Morning Duns and Spotted Sedges/Geeen Sedges are getting the best
results. Don't overlook the morning PMD spinner fall.
06/25/16 Good stream levels and lots of trout being caught by our customers. Many
are being taken on the surface during caddisfly egg laying activity in the afternoons.
07/02/16 The stream levels are fine and our customers are reporting catching a lot of
trout. The Pale Morning duns are hatching good. Fish the early morning spinner fall.
07/09/16 Our customers reported catching some very good numbers of trout this
past week. The PMDs continue to be the main insects hatching.
07/16/16 The pale morning duns, green sedges and spotted sedges are hatching. There
are some little Yellow stones, but not plentiful. Terrestrials will soon be important.
07/23/16 The river is flowing at about a normal summertime level with lots of insects
hatching and trout being caught. Some anglers have a tough time dealing with the
grass. You can sight fish the grass lines or use dry flies, mostly Pale Morning duns.
07/30/16 The discharges and stream levels are a little low and stealth is required.
Stay low and as hidden as possible. Lots of Tricos. Fish early and late in the day.
08/06/16 The discharges and stream levels are staying up somehow. The weather is
cooling down some this next week. Lots of Tricos are hatching and terrestrials are
working good. Hoppers and beetles with or without droppers are working.
08/13/16 The discharges and stream levels remain in good shape. There are still
plenty of hatches and terrestrials are taking their share of the trout. Early morning
fishing with the Matuka streamers is getting some of the larger trout.
08/20/16 The USGS gauge isn't working for some reason. The last report we got,
about 4 days ago, the stream levels were in decent shape. There are lots of Tricos.
08/27/16 The level is flowing at 141 cfs at 2.01 ft. That is a good level and normal for
this time of the year. Our customers are reporting good catches for the past two days.
09/03/16 The discharges and stream levels are fine and customers are catching
some trout. Both terrestrial and imitations of BWOs, Tricos, and Spotted sedges are
09/10/16 The discharges and stream levels remain okay and allow wading in some
places. Our customers continue to catch good numbers of trout. Terrestrials have
been working very good, especially hopper fishing near the banks.
09/17/16 The stream level is currently just a little low but that makes it easier to wade
in the sections you can wade. There are lots of Blue-winged olives hatching along with
two species of caddisflies. Stay low and hidden from the trout and you should do good.
09/25/16 The stream levels are still a little low but that isn't creating any problem. Our
customers are catching lot of trout and mostly all on the surface. There are plenty of
hatches taking place. Mahogany duns are hatching along with the BWOs.
10/01/16 The weather is turnng much cooler and that should help, especially the
middle and lower sections. Blue-winged olives and Mahogany duns are hatching
good. Terrestrials like ants, hoppers (brown) and Japanese Beetles are working.
10/08/16 The weather and stream conditions are good and anglers are reporting some
good catches. Blue-winged olives, two species, are hatching good.
10/22/16 The stream levels are normal and other conditions very good. Brown trout
are in the pre-spawn stage and taking streamers like our Brown sculpin very well.
Conditons are great with lots of BWO hatches.
10/29/16 The levels are normal and should remain that way since the irrigation season
has ended. Our customers are catching trout in good numbers.
11/05/16 The discharges and stream levels are still low at normal winter levels.
Blue-winged olives and midges, both reds (blood) and creams are hatching.
11/12/16 Great conditions remain with good stream levels and lot of trout being caught
but the few anglers fishing. Midges and blue winged olives continue to hatch good.
11/19/16 More good reports from the past week from customers. They are catching
good numbers of trout. Hatches continue to be good and sculpin streamers are working.
11/26/16 Conditions continue to be excellent with good stream levels and lots of
blue-winged olives and midges hatching. The Brown sculpin continues to catch some
large trout for our customers.
12/03/16 The river is still in good shape with good stream levels. Customers are
catching lots of trout. It is one of the best destinations in the state right now.
12/10/16 The stream level is still in good shape flowing normal. There is snow in the
forecast everyday for the coming week and it is going to be cold. Midges will be the
main insects hatching.
12/17/16 The stream levels are at a normal level and the water in good shape. Our
customers are catching good numbers of trout on Cream and Red midges.
12/24/16 The gauge has ice in it and not working but the stream levels are okay.
Midges, creams and reds, are still catching good numbers of trout.
12/31/16 It has turned cold in Crooked River country as most of you probably well
know. High temperatures are ranging from 9 to 27 this coming week. The bottom
discharge is still in the upper thirties but gets cold fast the further you go downstream.
01/07/17 The weather is very cold right now. There is snow forecast everyday for the
coming week. Road conditions could be a big factor, so be sure to check that out.
01/14/17 The discharges and stream levels are low, and wading easy in the areas
you can wade. The weather is okay, with highs in the thirties and forties.
01/21/17 The low discharge and levels allow anglers to wade in parts of the river.
Midges, scuds, sowbugs, damselfly and dragon fly nymphs, little BWOs and Midges.
01/28/17 The river is in decent shape stream levels wise. Fish midges, creams and
reds or blood midges, with the larva and pupa in tandem.
02/04/17 There is a chance of rain or snow everyday this coming week. Fish midges,
creams or reds. Streamers like our Black Matuka sculpin should work when cloudy.
02/11/17 The discharges and stream levels are still low. Midges are hatching good -
reds and creams. Fish near the dam. The water is warmer.
02/18/17 There is snow forecast everyday for the coming week and some will be heavy.
Getting around on the roads and near the stream may be a problem.
02/25/17 The discharges and stream levels are low and the water cold. Fish as near the
dam in the upper section as legal. That is where you will find the warmest water.
03/04/17 The conditions are still very good with lots of midges and Blue-winged
olives hatching. Scuds and Sculpin streamers are also working.
03/11/17 The weather is going to be warm this coming week, and there is rain
forecast everyday but one. It shouldn't affect the stream levels much, but could, so
be sure and check the levels.
03/18/17 The discharges and stream levels are still okay and our customers are still
catching trout. This is one of the few streams in the state that isn't blown out.
03/25/17 The river is flowing high and muddy right now. The USGS station isn't
working but you can always check back with us. It is too high to wade or fish right now.
04/01/17 The flows are still to high to wade or fish very successfully. All you can do is
check back with us. They should start to come down soon.
04/08/17 The stream levels are too high to wade in any section. The discharges should
be subsiding soon, as the water level in the lake is near the right levels.
04/15/17 The stream levels were coming down but the gauge isn't working again. We
did have one reports that is was still high but fish were caught on streamers.
04/22/17 The stream levels are still high. We still received two reports of trout being
caught on streamers. By the way, low fish populations doesn't mean the fishing is lousy.