Crane Prairie Reservoir

Recent Reports


The water level is good for this time of year, says The Hook. Callibaetis, midge, and leech patterns continue to take fish.


Trout are concetrated in the channels, says The Hook. Callibaetis, midge, and leech patterns are taking fish.


Major Hatches for September

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 14-16 Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit


Size 14-16 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Adams, Comparadun. Gray to tan

Lakes, slow water: chuck-and-sit

► Be prepared to fish all stages of the hatch: nymph, emerger, dun, spinner.

► Hatches have a resurgence around mid-September. These late hatches are usually size 16 insects, and they are a little darker than the Callibaetis you saw earlier in the year.


Size 8-16 Soft Hackle, . Body: black, brown, white; Shroud: tan

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: verticle retrieve, slow retrieve


Size 10-16 Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Caddis, X Caddis. Body: black, brown, white, cream

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: chuck-and-sit

► These caddis are recognizable by their very long antennae. Evening hatches may occur. Try skating a size 8-10 Goddard Caddis across the surface.


Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns


Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift


Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing


September Tips


► You might pick up trout by wind drifting Woolly Buggers or other streamer patterns at the mouths of the channels. Brown, dark olive, or yellow-olive are good colors.

► As the lake begins to cool, trout will scatter. Keep moving when this happens. The trout are there; keep hunting, and don't give up.

► One productive tactic is to slowly retrieve a Blood Midge on a long leader (15 feet minimum, maybe more) with a floating line (no indicator) so the fly creeps near the weed tops. You'll need a floating line if you retrieve this slowly because even an intermediate will sink too fast. This tactic can also work with a size 16 Pheasant Tail .

► If the water is warm, fish will stack up in the Deschutes and Cultus channels and around the Rocky Point area.

► The best fishing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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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 Hook 541-593-2358

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208

Sunriver Fly Shop 541-593-8814