Crane Prairie Reservoir

What to Expect in July

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Callibaetis
Gray drake
Longhorn caddis
Damselfly
Dragonfly
Midge
Leech
Baitfish
Ant

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

 

July used to be THE month on Crane Prairie, but that was before the damselfly population went into steep decline. Carry some patterns anyway and hope for the best. In addition to the damselflies, carry size 8-12 olive or brown Woolly Buggers .

Watch for hatches of Callibaetis mayflies (size 14-16 flashback Pheasant Tail before the hatch, Quigley Cripple or Sparkle Dun during the hatch), midges, and caddis.

Baitfish patterns remain good imitations to have in your fly box.

The Rock Creek, Cultus channel, Quinn channel, and Deschutes channel areas should improve throughout the month. Trout will probably concentrate in the channels.

July always offers some variability due to weather conditions. Extended periods of high pressure bring light, almost non-existent, east winds and bright days. Fishing will be poor on those days. You can improve your odds by going to a long leader.

Algae blooms can occur at this time of year. If you run into one, seek clearer water. This is possible in Crane Prairie due to the temperature gradient in the lake. You'll find cooler water at the inlets of the Deschutes and Quinn rivers.

For more information on July fishing, see the Lakes section of the General Oregon Report

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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