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 Prairie has been fishing well. As the summer progresses, fish will migrate into the channels and the Upper Deschutes. Balanced leeches and chironomids under an indicator have been our best bet. Damsels can hatch in pretty good numbers midday. Callibaetis are a safe mayfly bet. And caddis (brown, black, and tan) can also be found. Stripping woolley buggers with a sink tip can also produce fish.