Summer Conditions On Crane

The water is warm enough now that we are spending the majority of our time fishing the channels. Targeting depths within a foot or so of the bottom with an indicator rig has been the best way to find fish, and will likely be through the rest of the summer. We’ve seen fish showing a pretty strong preference for small flies, and while they are still eating balanced leeches and larger Callibaetis-type nymphs we’ve been mostly fishing bugs in the #16-20 range. Small Chironomid patterns, Dark Assassins, and small dark Mayfly Nymphs like the Micro-Mayfly have been our top producers. There is still plenty of opportunity to find fish on a slow stripped leech pattern or Damsel nymph in the right area, it just won’t produce the numbers that a nymph setup will. There isn’t much in the way of consistent dry fly fishing at the moment, but there are Callibaetis around and some mornings will yield small groups of fish feeding on spinners and small Midges. There are Caddis around in the late evenings, and an Ant or Beetle pattern will produce sporadic success on the most afternoons.

Suggested Dries: Hackle Stacker Callibaetis #14-16, Parachute Callibaetis #14-16, Last Chance Cripple Callibaetis #14-16, D&D Cripple Callibaetis #14-16, Parachute Adams #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18, CDC Flying Ant #14-16, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl #14-16, Foam Beetle #14, X Caddis #14-18, Outrigger Caddis #14-18, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18

Suggested Nymphs: Dark Assassin #16-18, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #16-20, FB Pheasant Tail #16-20, Black Depth Charge #18, Black Super Sinker #16-18, Brown Micro Mayfly #18-20, Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Red or Black Ice Cream Cone #14-16, Juju Chironomid #14-16, Traffic Light Black Nugget Chironomid #14-16, Bird’s Nest Hare’s Ear #14-18, Black or Bird’s Nest Depth Charge #14-16

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