Crystal River Report 1-1-23
Posted on 01 January 2023
Crystal River Report
January 1, 2023
FLOW: 63 CFS in Carbondale
WATER CONDITIONS: Low and clear, can get off-color after rain or heavy snow
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 down low, significant ice up higher in elevation
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: The Crystal always has plenty of open water in the lower elevations, and little pressure. Using your favorite attractors in deeper runs and riffles is always effective.
HATCHES: Midges 18-26
NYMPHS: Copper John Red, 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22
DRIES: Harrop's CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, Collette's Quilled Para BWO 18-22, Griffith's Gnat 20-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, Stimulator 18, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22
STREAMERS: Lightning Bugger Black 4, Beldar Lemon Drop 4-6, BH Simi Seal Leech 10, Sculpzilla 4-8
HINTS: Don't ignore the shallow riffles, they are often loaded with sculpins and insects.
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