Friday, May 25, 2012

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Crooked River
CFS 246

The Crooked is in great shape. The river is clear, free from algae, and fishing well.
The lack of sustained high water has not created a Nitrogen rich scenario in the river which in the past has resulted in fish kills (gas bubble disease) and a lot of weed growth.

The Grannoms caddis fly is present as are BWO's and PMD mayflies. Dry fly fishing is good on one or all of these bugs during the day.

The average size of fish is up already, I look forward to the rest of the summer. I forecast good fishing throughout with a better than average fish size than years past.

Deschutes River
CFS  5090

The Deschutes water level has spiked a bit in the last 24 hours, but I don't think it will affect the bite much. Salmonflies are out all the way to Warm Springs. Fishing is good on the big bugs up top, crowds are out as well. They current cooler weather will put a damper on the hatch for a day or two, but during weather like this is when we see Green Drakes and PMD's coming off. So fishing is good either way.

Always  make sure you have a few Green Drake patterns in your box during this time of year. A large parachute Adams will work in a pinch, but there are some pretty deadly cripple and parachute Drake patterns that work much better.

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