Crooked River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Crooked
below Bowman Dam
8 am 695.00/2280 7 30 year
Crooked
Terrebone
8 am 1037.00/2780 7 30 year
Crooked
blw nr Opal Cty
7 am 2.24/185 7 30 year
Crooked
nr Culver
8 am 6.37/3880 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in March

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Blue-winged olive
Spotted caddis
Green caddis
Small black stonefly
Midge
Scud

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

This month the trout should be interested in small midges , blue-winged olives , and scuds . Size 16-18 Scuds with an orange tint are always a good option (scuds get an orange-colored parasite in their body, and studies have proved that trout key-in on that feature). Dead drift your scud near the bottom, or slowly retrieve it in slow water.

Many Crooked River anglers use scud patterns that are too big. Size-16 and sometimes size-18 patterns will take more trout than size 12-14 flies.

During blue-winged olive hatches, try using a Parachute Baetis with an emerger pattern on a trailer behind it. Trout usually take the emerger.

Other good blue-winged olive choices are a Sparkle Dun , Baetis Cripple , or CDC Baetis . Before the hatch, dead-drift a size 18 Pheasant Tail or dark Hares Ear near the bottom. This strategy can also be productive during a hatch.

Size 18-22 midges are also on the menu here. When midges are active, try a size 20 Griffiths Gnat with a size 20 CDC Bubble Brassie on a dropper in slow water.

You should also be prepared for little brown stoneflies .

Good choices when fishing deep are a size 18 black Palomino Midge , a size 6-10 Cranefly Larva , an Egg Fly , or a Zug Bug . All of these should be dead-drifted near the river bottom..

Remember to move slowly along the river. It can be hard to spot feeding fish unless you slow down and scan the water carefully.

For more information on March fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters 503-252-1529