The Crooked River overall is still kind of off. I would say the low water coming from the dam has made a lot of the fish migrate down river to deeper areas. That means focus more on the lower reaches from Prineville to about MP 14 instead of from the Bowman Dam down to MP 14. When the water flows increase in about a month I am pretty darn sure the fishing will rapidly improve closer to the dam. We’ve seen this before. Keep in mind there is a of private ranches in the lower reaches. Don’t trespass. Be mindful and choose public water. It’s there.
Scuds, Zebra Midges, Frenchie, Purple Perdigons, Micro May, Skinny Nelson, Midge Winkler and even Micro Leeches are good to go now. Look for Midges to be the best dry fly option at this time but expect to see improving Blue Wing Olive hatches very very soon and make sure to have some Furminsy’s BDE Duns and Olive Knock Down Duns if you’re headed there any time over the next 6 or 7 weeks.
We are offering the spring special guide trip on the Crooked for $100 off the trip until April 21st. April will be a great time to take advantage of that savings on the Crooked.