Kokanee and the one armed bandit: Fly fishing Crane Prairie

We spent the day fly fishing Crane Prairie Monday this week with Caddis Fly employee Ty Holloway. Ty is recovering from a recent shoulder surgery and spends his days floating the stillwater until he’s recovered. But his sling didn’t stop him from outcasting and outfishing me one-handed, which was pretty embarrassing.

Oregon fly fishing marathon

Blazing sun and little wind concentrated fish in the channels, but we couldn’t get them interested. Ty caught a Kokanee on a chironomid¬†pattern below a thingamabobber indicator. I caught the smallest trout in Crane (certainly not one of the Cranebows from last week). It’s a tough fishery, but one hog trout could make your whole day. One of the guys on Westfly compared it to steelhead fishing.

Oregon fly fishing marathon

The place was pretty packed for a weekday, but only a couple boats were landing any fish. -MS

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