The Crooked has been fishing really well. Be prepared for the heat if you head out in the next few days, the canyon has been getting hot. Pale morning dun and caddis hatches have produced some great fish over the past week, mainly in the late afternoon. As we move into early fall, we can expect the hatches to get a bit thicker, and eventually, we will see a return of the blue wing olive hatch. In the meantime, terrestrials are great choices when nothing seems to be hatching. Nymphing has been good with all the typical patterns. PMD nymphs, caddis pupa, BWO nymphs, midges, and other small mayfly nymph patterns, like two-bit hookers or tailwater tinies, are all great go-to nymphs. During the heat, make sure to land and release fish quickly. Let’s hope the summer gives way to fall quickly and winter blasts us with snow.
Recommended Dries: Black, Tan or Olive Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, CDC Caddis #14 - 16, Purple Haze #18-20, Winkers Midge Black #18-24, Stillborn Midge #18-20, Chubby Chernobyl Black #14-16, Tilt wing PMD #16, Hackle Stacker PMD #14-16, Tilt Wing Dun Mahogany #14, CDC Thorax PMD #16-18
Recommended Nymphs: Perdigon Purple #14-18, Physco Prince #14-18, Two Bit Hooker #16-20 Red or Black, Trina’s BWO Angel-case Emerger #16-20, TailWater Tiny TB Olive #18-22, BWO Biot Emerger #18-20, Split Back PMD #18, Soft Hackle Olive #16-20, Zebra Midge #18-20, Olive BH Scud #16 - 14, Olive or Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #16-18