As part of the Arctic watershed the Crooked River flows north from Summit Lake to McLeod Lake. Although it parallels Highway 97 its not easily accessible due to the thick willows and swamps flanking its shore line.  The best way to access this river is from the few bridge crossings. 


A 7- to 8-foot long fly rod for a 3-weight is ideal for the rainbow trout in this river.  I even fish a 7-foot 2wt rod in August and September.  

There are also a lot of mountain whitefish and northern pike minnows in the Crooked River.

Flies to start with

#10 W. Green Drake

#18 BWO

Video by Rob Bryce