Outing Host: Ron Romeis
Registration Fee: $25/person (does not include hosts)
The Crooked River is a wonderful tailwater fishery about 45 minutes east of Bend, Oregon. As a tributary to the Deschutes River, it has native Redband rainbow trout and mountain whitefish, and lots of 'em! The Crooked River is best fished in the tailwater section from Bowman Dam downstream towards Prineville to Mile Marker 12 on State Highway 27. This eight mile stretch of river is the best section of water to fly fish. While there has been a population decline caused by extremely high-water events the last couple of winters, the Crooked still has a staggering number of fish per mile.
Nymph fishing with small zebra midges and micro mayfly nymphs can be the best way to take trout and some really nice whitefish on the Crooked. Around the middle of May to the middle of June you should encounter some monster caddis hatches. This is also an excellent river to Euro-nymph and Tenkara if you are so inclined. The Crooked is definitely one of those rivers that can cause consternation with people who don't approach it with the proper flies, rigs, and techniques. Make sure to check in with one of the local fly shops in Redmond or Bend before you get to the Crooked.
Nine small BLM campgrounds line the Crooked River from 12 to 18 miles south of Prineville. Our host will identify which campground we will use as our base and will let attendees know a week or so before the outing. The campgrounds have vault toilets but do not have potable water. So, each of us will need to bring drinking water, approximately 1 gallon per person per day.
What to Bring for Fishing:
- Oregon state fishing license
- PFD is always recommended for wading
- Waders, wading boots, and wading staff
- Plan on needing 3-5 weight rods. Everyone uses floating lines with 4X and 5X leaders. Bring 6X leader material if you have to put on really small flies.
What to Bring for Camping:
- Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
- Bring clothes for warmish daytime temperatures and chilly nights
- Rain gear
- Sun screen, hat, and dark glasses
- Folding Chair
- Water Bottle with liquid
Food & Beverages:
- The outing fee covers all the meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.
- Bring your own wine, beer, or hard stuff
- You do not need to bring any cook gear or eating utensils.
- There are many ways to do this from the Puget Sound area, especially since some will go directly to the campground on the Crooked while others will dawdle in the Bend area or on the Deschutes River on the way, SO ...
- Pay attention to your email. Ron Romeis will be sending out an email a week or so before the outing notifying all who have registered where we will be camping and how to get there.
Cancellation Deadline: Deadline for cancellation is midnight May 12th. If you need to cancel, please contact the Outing Host(s). There will be no refunds after the cancellation deadline.