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Low Flows and Blue Winged Olives!

Low Flows and Blue Winged Olives!

Over the last few weeks, the Crooked River has been dropping down into the winter flow stages. This has been great for the bug activity! Especially on a nice, warm fall day. With the right weather and conditions, the blue-winged olive hatch can be pretty great. Coming off several times throughout the day, normally in the late morning and early afternoon. The river is currently at about 90 cfs.  Even if you do not see the BWOs coming off, consider tying on a size 16-18 purple haze, parachute adams, bwo extended body or bwo hackle stacker. Fish seem to be taking flies off the surface throughout the day, even if there is no active hatch.

If the dry fly bite shuts off completely, focus your efforts on nymphing. We have been fishing 5x or 6x fluorocarbon tippet at all times while nymphing. Normally 5x to your lead fly and 6x to your dropper. We have been getting fish on pink or orange eggs, sz 16-20 two-bit hookers (red or black), sz 18-22 zebra midges (black, olive, or purple), and your classic pheasant tails (sz 14-18)

Give us a call at the shop if you have any questions!

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