Crooked River report for the New Year 2016

Right now it’s pretty darn cold. Today’s high in Prineville was 28 when the sun finally burned thru the freezing fog. Tomorrow is forecast for about the same.

There is a fair bit of ice but the river is fishable and should improve A LOT in the next few days when this weather pattern is scoured out next week.

Fish are on Zebra Midges and Sow Bugs more than anything else right now. A Frenchie, Small #18 Hares Ear, #12-16 Prince and Orange Scud are all patterns we recommend right now.

With the water really cold the fish take very, very lightly. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use a NZ Wool Indicator or a Strike Foundry sighter. You need these to tell when the subtle soft takes happen.

Look for late afternoon midge hatches in the pools and get your 7x spools out.

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