The Crooked is a solid go-to for those looking to get into some consistent fishing without too much of a drive. There is opportunity to fish dries, nymphs, or small streamers with reasonable expectation for success. The best dry fly activity has been a mid-day PMD hatch that typically starts late morning and continues into the mid-afternoon. Any day with consistent cloud cover will usually produce an even stronger hatch. Fishing a single dry or a dry dropper with an emerger or soft hackle behind a PMD adult will produce great action throughout the hatch. When the fish aren’t looking towards the surface, a double nymph rig with a size 16 Hare’s Ear or something of the sort followed by a Midge or Small Mayfly nymph will get the job done. For those looking to change things up and swing or strip a small streamer try an olive or brown Wooly Bugger or Slump Buster.
Suggested Dries: Tilt Wing PMD #16-18, Sparkle Dun PMD #16-18, Parachute PMD #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Purple Haze #16-18, Zelon Cripple PMD #16-18, Thorax PMD #16-18, A/C Caddis PT #16-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, X-Caddis #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Thorax Bead Soft Hackle Tan #16-18, Soft Hackle PT #16-18, Olive Soft Hackle #16-18, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #18-22, Beadwing Midge #18-22, CDC Pheasant Tail #16, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #16-18, Tailwater Tiny TB Blk #18-22, Mighty May #16-18, Micro Mayfly #18-20, Tan or Grey Ray Charles #16-18, Olive BH Scud #16