Crooked River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Crooked
below Bowman Dam
1 am 572.00/1180 7 30 year
Crooked
Terrebone
1 am 871.00/1690 7 30 year
Crooked
blw nr Opal Cty
7 am 2.24/185 7 30 year
Crooked
nr Culver
1 am 5.10/2980 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in April

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

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

 

Look for flows under 300 cfs. Flows could increase around mid-month as the irrigation season starts. Watch the river flow chart. If you see a sudden increase, wait a couple of days for it to steady-out before heading over here.

Expect blue-winged olive and midge hatches, and maybe some caddis . On the surface, toss a Sparkle Dun or Parachute Baetis for the first, and a Sprout Midge or a size 20-22 pupa pattern for the midges; a size 16-18 olive or tan Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Caddis should work for the caddis.

Size 18 Flashback Pheasant Tail nymphs should also do well this month.

Size 14-18 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

We are approaching the Mother's Day Caddis season (grannoms ), and that means an increasing number of cased caddis are found in the drift. See Caddis Larvae--Part I for a simple pattern that imitates drifting grannom larvae.

The no-bait, artificials-only season continues through all of April

When the river is pressured, small patterns usually are more productive.

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

What to expect in 

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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