Crane Prairie fishing has been productive. The huge temperature swings have made things interesting. Damselflies began hatching during the heatwave, but this cool weather has shut that down. Warmer water temperatures will likely start causing the fish to group up a bit more. The fish are still very keyed into callibaetis, nymphs, dry’s, emergers and cripples are all doing well. Size 16 - 18 are really productive, but size 14 has potential as well. Chironomids are a good fly to have tied on, but callibaetis nymphs may see a bit more action. Tie on both and you’ll really cover your bases. Balanced leeches are getting attention, mostly in olive. Stripping leeches always has potential, if you strip some damsels, keep your retrieve slower than normal. Terrestrials are a good bet if the callibaetis hatch isn’t going. The warm weather will make a return eventually. In the meantime, enjoy the cool, rainy, fire dampening weather.
Recommended Dries: Chubby Chernobyl Patriot and Purple #12-14, Para- Cricket #16-12
Recommended Nymphs: Bruised Ballanced Leech #14, Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Zebra Midge #18-20, Super Sinker #16-18, bead wing midge #18-20, Red Pheasant Tail #14-18, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Red Ice Cream Cone #12-16, Callabaetis Nymph #16-18