Crane Prairie Fly Fishing Report 2014

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With some nice weather coming, it became too much of a lure for one more shot at lake fishing. The lake of choice: Crane Prairie. If you have been fortunate enough to fish Crane, without a doubt, you have had to deal with “the wind”. I have had the infamous Holloway boys tell me “you should see Crane without the wind”. Well, it finally happened! No wind, and just perhaps a slight breeze to eliminate the total reflection of the mountains.

We launched at Rock Creek and headed out to Osprey Point. The lake level is still quite high and the fish appeared to be scattered.

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As we headed out, damsels were flying around everywhere. We immediately reached for damsel nymphs and started slow retrieves. We were not disappointed.

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We landed enough fish the first few hours to lead us to believe, “this is going to be one of those days!” Well, the day sort of ran out of gas? As the air temperature got warmer, the fishing slowed. We did land some nice fish but not “mongo”.

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So, here is the deal….when Crane has “the wind”, fish may be rising, chasing bugs, and you may see them. That’s the good news. When Crane has no wind, you see every freaking fish chasing, splashing, gulping, swirling all over the damn lake. Yes, even “mongo” doing cannonball swirls always just outside your casting range. Extreme frustration!

But, hey, looks like our Oregon summer is underway and all we need to do is just get outside and enjoy what surrounds us. Enjoy the summer!


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