The Crooked is running well from Bowman Dam

Crooked River - Prineville, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Fly Fishers Place

by The Fly Fishers Place

The Crooked is running well from Bowman Dam, and I say that because by time the River gets down to the Smith Rocks area, and has diversions of water for Facebook and Apple servers in Prineville, and irrigated crops in the Prineville and Lone Pine areas, the water is almost gone. It is sad to see, especially as there was a huge effort to reintroduce Chinook Salmon and Steelhead above Lake Billy Chinook. What is left is unsurvivable for a salmonid.

But, we are lucky in a way to have that tailwater below Bowman holding up for the time, and to see the trout doing well in the cold flows it provides for several miles below the dam. Our guide team reports good afternoon PMD hatches and dry fly action to go with the hatch. Before the hatch good nymphing on small mayfly nymphs. Red Copper Johns have been another great fly this week for us. Caddis in the evening are hatching well, with pupa and emerger patterns working great from about 7 PM to dark.

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