Crane Prairie is a highly channelized reservoir with huge amounts of chironomids that help these rainbows reach their famed proportions. Strong hatches of damselflies during the summer supplement the chironomids.
Crane is experiencing a pretty serious algae bloom right now but fishing remains consistent in the old river channels. Balanced Leeches/Damsels under an indicator continue to be an excellent way to get into fish. Chironomids are a go-to as always, with red size 12-16 chironomids being the most consistent. Look for 13-18 feet of water with your indicator rigs and set your indicator depth at about a foot off the bottom. If the cast and sit method isn't doing the trick, try a slow finger crawl retrieve. Dry fly fishing can be good on Callibaetis with "crippled" patterns being the most effective during a heavy hatch. Ants can also be a good dry fly option if rises are sporadic. Slow stripping Damsels on intermediate lines with long fluorocarbon leaders can be a productive as well if they are keyed in on the nymphs. The Hula Damsel is our favorite!