As part of the Arctic watershed the Crooked River flows north from Summit Lake to McLeod Lake. Although it parallels Highway 97 between Prince George and Mackenzie its not easily accessible due to marshes and swamps flanking it shore line. The best way to access this river are from a few bridge crossings of forest service roads.
This river is a very slow moving river and very nutrient rich resulting in some intense insect hatches of predominantly mayflies, caddisflies and on occasion stoneflies.
Small weight rods such a 3 or 4 wt in the 7 to 8 foot length is ideal for rainbow trout in this river. I even fish a 7’ 2wt rod in August and September. Flies that I have found to be successful include mostly dry flies such as a #10 Western Green Drake, #10 CR Spinner, #18 BWO, and a #14 Rusty Elk Hair Caddis. The Mountain Whitefish are also quite eager to take #14 PMDs and #18 BWO flies.
Flies to start with
#10 W. Green Drake
Video by Rob Bryce