The fly-fishing on Crooked Creek has been awesome the past few weeks. Creek levels are back to low and clear after spring floods, and the bass are all fat and healthy! We have been floating the creek in canoes, catching lots of fish on clouser and crawfish patterns. Most of the smallmouths are averaging between 12 and 15 inches, but we have landed a few 18 inch pigs up to around 3 pounds! This is a huge thrill on flyrod.
The surface activity has also been great! Boogle Bug poppers and other topwater divers are getting slammed in the mornings and evenings. The fly-fishing on Crooked Creek has really been advantageous over conventional tackle lately because of the topwater bite. It is a lot easier and more effective throwing light surface bugs than clunky topwater lures, especially to spooky fish in clear water. The fly-rod allows you to pick up the same length of line each time and hit all targets on the bank quickly and quietly.
Get in on this action while you can!
Floating Crooked Creek is by far the best method of fishing right now. It allows you to fish the more remote, less pressured areas for big, hungry smallmouths. Hiring a local guide who knows the water intimately is key because Crooked Creek is filled with dense logjams, structure, and tight turns.
Enjoy these beautiful, native fish while you can! Once the water temperature dips below 55 in the fall, our smallmouth season is done until next year.
Good luck and tight lines,