The dry fly fishing on the Crooked cannot be beat right now. Flows are low and fish are looking to pack on some weight before winter sets in. BWO’s are prolific on most days and there is little need to fish anything other than a dry or dry with a trailing emerger pattern. Sparkle Duns, Hackle Stackers, and Parachute patterns are some of the favorites right now. A variety of emerger patterns are also producing good numbers of fish, and there are times when a well presented RS2 will greatly outproduce the BWO dries. If fish don’t seem to be looking up at all, the nymphing has also been lights out. Midges, Scuds, and small Mayfly nymphs are all producing fish throughout the day. For those who are nymphing, small indicators and light tippet are ideal with the lower flows we’re seeing. Look for dry fly fishing to be best on overcast days.
Suggested Dries: Sparkle Dun BWO #16-20, Parachute BWO #16-20, Hackle Stacker BWO) #16-20, Purple Haze #16-20, Parachute Adams #16-20, CDC BWO Emerger #18-20, Nunya Midge #18-20, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16-18, Tilt Wing PMD #16-18, Parachute PMD #16-18, Cutters Caddis #16-18, Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Winker’s Midge #18-22, Black or Grey Beadwing Midge #18-22, Olive Soft Hackle #16-20, Soft Hackle PT #16-20, Olive Anato-May #16-20, Micro Mayfly #16-20, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #16-18, Olive BH Scud #16-18, Tan Ray Charles #16-18