The Caddis hatch, which has been providing excellent dry fly opportunity on the Crooked, has become a little less consistent with the cooler weather that moved into Central Oregon over the weekend. Warmer days are still bringing the bugs out and the fish are looking up and ready to eat, but dry fly opportunity is more of a day to day occurance than it has been in past weeks. It looks like we’ll be getting warmer weather this week and the hatch should improve, but arrive prepared to throw a nymph rig should you venture East of town on a cooler day. Fish are a little more hesitant to eat when the hatch is not on, so focus on the most likely holding areas and cover as much water as possible when nymphing. A two-fly set-up with the usual Crooked assortment of mayfly, midge, and caddis nymphs paired with a quality drift will find fish. Flows are at 220 and a prime level to provide excellent structure and holding water throughout the river!
Suggested Dries: Peacock Caddis #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Cutters Caddis #16-18, Purple Haze #16-18, Mahogany Tilt Wing #16-18, PMD Tilt Wing #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Copper Microstone #14-18, Pheasant Tail #14-20, Black or Red Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Peacock Soft Hackle #16-18, Olive Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #18-22, Black Winker’s Midge #18-22, Black Beadwing Midge #18-22