Crooked River

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below Bowman Dam
9 am
7 30 year
9 am
7 30 year
9 am
7 30 year
9 am
7 30 year

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Size 16-18 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Olive-brown

Riffles, flats, moderate runs: indicator, tight line, rising nymph, shallow nymph


Size 16-18 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly


Size 16-18 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Pale yellow, light brown, or tan body; light wing

Flats, moderate runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Hatches will be strongest when the weather stabilizes, which is often not until late in the month.

► Trout can get very selective on PMDs, but they are not difficult to match with a size 18 pattern, such as a Sparkle Dun. However, anglers are more likely to imitate the wrong stage: trout will switch from nymphs to emergers to duns, lingering longer on each stage than most anglers expect.


Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph


Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown


Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► Look for afternoon and evening hatches of a size 16 (brown) caddis in soft water below riffles.


Size 6-16 Scud. Olive, tan, olive-pink, olive-orange

Scuds are light-shy, so cloudy days are a good time to try an imitation.

Scud imitations are always a good choice here, especially when they have an orange or pink tint on the back. Dead drift your size 12-16 patterns near the bottom, or slowly retrieve them in slow water.


► Be sure to check the river levels in case of sudden spikes due to storms.

► If river flows are over 100 cfs, deep nymphing should work well. If it stays under 100 cfs, opt for shallow nymphing and dry fly fishing.

► Try tying a red Lightning Bug to the hook bend of a Renegade with a 18-24 inch dropper. The Lightning Bug is generic enough that it could represent most anything that lives in the river.

► When the river has lots of angling pressure, small patterns usually are more productive.

► When looking for a spot to fish, move slowly along the river. The Crooked is seldom fast, and trout tend to rise slowly and quietly. That makes it hard to spot rising trout unless you slow down and scan the water carefully.

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