Crooked River Flies

Here is a list of local Crooked River Flies fished by fellow Central Oregon Flyfisher member Bill Seitz. I call him “Crooked River Bill”.

Bill graciously allowed me to include these flies on my website. Several are Bill’s own creation. Others he may have tweeked somewhat to make a better fly. In fly tying, we call that a “variant”.

He would tell you that many anglers use flies that are too big. I’ve heard him tell stories about following anglers through a fishing hole and catching fish. He’ll look at an angler’s fly box and say they won’t catch any fish. The reason? Their flies are too big! He’d tell you to use size 18 flies or smaller. Many range from size 18 – 22. 



Mercury Cased Caddis |





Mercury Cased Caddis


Frenchie Nymph |


Good and Plenty |

Good and Plenty

Peacock Nymph |

Peacock Nymph

RS2 - Original |

RS 2

WK Thread Body Mayfly Nymph - Hydro |

WK Thread Body Nymph

Pheasant Tail Nymph |

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Pheasant Tail Perdigon | www.johnkreft.comPheasant Tail Perdigon

Root Beer Float Perdigon |

Root Beer Float Perdigon

Barber Pole Perdigon | www.johnkreft.comBarber Pole Perdigon


Deep Blue Poison Tung |

Deep Blue Poison Tung

Mercury Midge - Black - UV Resin |

Mercury Midge

Miracle Midge - Wet |

Miracle Midge

Midge Perdigon |

Midge Perdigon



General Purpose

Bling |



Hot Pink Cougar

Lights Out|

Lights Out

Ray Charles |

Ray Charles




Ham ‘n’ Eggs


Loop Nuc




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5 thoughts on “Crooked River Flies

    • Marc

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’ll be adding the fly patterns in the next month and including them on the Crooked River page one at a time. While I don’t have a definitive plan, I’ll probably mention them on a blog after all are completed.

      Thanks for your interest.


  1. Hi John,

    I just stumbled on to your website and love it! Fantastic job!

    I’ve only fished the Crooked once, but typically hit the Deschutes and Metolious a few times every summer. Targeting rainbows/redsides, would you suggest using the same C.R. flies on the D or M rivers? I know the M has a green drakes. Any different list recommendations for these other local rivers?

    Many thanks!

    • Ken

      Thanks for the kind comments about RiverKeeper Flies.

      When thinking about what flies to use, I always let the insects drive that decision. Certainly there are a few similar insects that are in all those rivers. But the Deschutes and Metolius have a lot of other bugs too. Like Salmonflies, Golden Stones, Green Drakes and a multitude of other bugs. Check out my Fly Patterns page for a list of flies to use. I fish them all!


  2. Thanks John for the flies you have recommended I am going to try and see if i can make some or replicate them to use on the crooked river cleanup trip coming up in April that the COF is doing.

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