Crooked River Fishing Report

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The Crooked is OK, but for some reason the Bureau of Reclamation is running 312 cfs down river? What the Heck??? The reservoir is no where near full, runoff is largely over with coming out of the Ochocco’s it would appear.
SO WHY? Not that 312 is too high for fishable levels, it just bothers me when we are in a drought that it appears water is being wasted.
BWO hatches are still good. Fish seem to be taking a small Purple Haze as well as anything, but the BDE BWO we like so much is continuing to fish well. Fish are eating cripples, and the double Z Lon Wing version of the Knock Down Dun is a good floater and pretty visible for a fly that sits in the film.
Scuds and Leeches in the higher flows are a smart choice.
With the slightly higher flows, the 2 Bit type flies, and 3.5 to 4.3 mm Tungsten Bead Euro stuff is awesome as an anchor. We’ve even got a 2 Tungsten Bead version of the Zebra Midge this season, and now would be a great time to employ it on the Crooked.

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