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Fishing Reports

As usual, the first 100 degree day down there blew the place up. Rarely have I seen so many good fish in the eddy water splashing at the little “tent wings”. The fire, winds and slightly cooler temps slowed things a little, but today (6/27) was another good one. The only downside to the hatch getting going is that the fish are a little less likely to eat nymphs for the next week or so….

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Crane was good last week. Water temps cooled with the cold front. Slowed the damsels.  Big cali hatch in the mid morning. Red PT and assassin under indicator set  about half way to the bottom. Midges in the morning. #16 and 18 black and red zebra.

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The beetle fishing has still been great! When the fish turn on, they turn on. We have been having some epic days on East Lake with high numbers of fish. If you are not fishing a dry terrestrial, switch over to under the indicator. Fishing with callibaetis nymphs, dark assassins,  red pheasant tails, and gillie midges. Stripping buggers and leeches, especially near structure, can be effective. It still has been pretty cold up at East…

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Wickiup is still very full! The fishing is starting to pick up a bit but it is still not fishing the way we want. If you opt to go to Wickiup over the other lakes, fishing under the bobber will be your best bet. Go to flies have been ice cream cones, callibaetis nymphs, and dark assassins. Stripping streamers near the river can be effective as well.  We want the water to come down just…

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We’ve been running a ton of trips out to our favorite little tailwater lately. The guides are all reporting surprisingly good fishing from early morning to last light throughout the eight miles of public access. None of knew what to expect when the flows finally came down so this is for sure some of the better news we’ve had for a while. Recent trips have had fish eating all the usual midge nymphs (Zebra, Tailwater…

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How quickly the big river has transitioned from the Big Bug to little Mayflies and Caddis. Seems it was just yesterday that Salmonflies crawled up the backs of our necks all day. Some days the sky clouded with great swarms. The last light sessions around camp when every other cast would get exploded on. Big Redbands hung out under Green Alder waiting for a dopey bug to slip off its branch. And now, as the…

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The fishing is beginning to improve on the Crooked. While most days are not high numbers, we are getting into some quality fish. We have been getting into fish from the 14-16 inch range, that are thick and healthy. The dry fly fishing is still pretty dismal, but the nymphing can be productive. Focusing on caddis pupa (16-18), cased caddis, eggs, micromay (16-20), two-bit hookers (18-20), and hares ear (14-18).

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The dry fly fishing has been nothing less than epic! We have had killer days fishing black ants on East Lake and we have been getting similar reports from customers at the shop. If you are heading to East, you will need some black ants in your arsenal. If the ant bite is not on, we have been getting into fish under the bobber with size 18-20 midges in red/black. No real signs of callibeatis…

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It appears the stonefly hatch is just about done. We have had guides on the water the last few days. They have been reporting that big bugs (naturals) are drifting over fish but not getting looked at. However, the caddis is starting to pop off. We have been able to stick a few fish on edible emergers, xcaddis, and outrigger caddis. Fish size 16-18 on these. Tan bodies have been the best. We are also…

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Fishing on Crane continues to be good! We are having good success with fishing leeches/buggers under an intermediate line. If you see fish cruising, fishing a dry dropper can be deadly. We are fishing a size 12-14 adams with a size 18-20 midge dropper. Fishing black, red, or purple midges are our go to midges at this time. If you are not a midge person, stick with hares ears or pheasant tails under the dry, these…

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