We’re still running trips on the Crooked and our guides have been reporting solid days and lots of fish. Nymphing has been the go-to method for finding fish throughout the day, and with the Whitefish spawn kicking into gear we are seeing success with small egg patterns. There is at least a couple hours of surface activity on most days, typically in the early-mid afternoon. There have been decent numbers of BWOs on certain days and a strong Midge hatch will usually bring fish to the surface. It can be tough to find the right pattern when fish are keyed in on the little Midge emergers and adults, but if there are BWOs around look to a good ol’ Sparkle Dun to get the job done on top. Flows are still steady around 50 cfs, which is likely where they’ll hold through winter. Fish are pretty concentrated with the low flows which can make it pretty easy to find a productive area and see success without moving. Make sure to handle fish with care, and pinch those barbs to keep fish healthy!
Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #16-20, Parachute BWO #16-20, High-Vis BWO #16-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Nunya’s Midge #20-22, Hatching Midge #18-20, Griffith’s Gnat #18-22
Suggested Nymphs: Black Winker’s Midge #18-22, Black or Purple Zebra Midge #18-22, Black Beadwing Midge #18-22, Tailwater Tiny #18-22, Black Rainbow Warrior #18-22, Olive BH Scud #16, Tan or Grey Ray Charles #16-18, Olive Micro Mayfly #18-20, Olive Anato-May #18-20, Olive Soft Hackle #16-20, BWO Emerger #16-20, Chartreuse or Pink Egg Patterns