Crystal River Report 10-16-19
Posted on 16 October 2019
CRYSTAL RIVER REPORT
October 16, 2019
FLOW: 71 CFS in Carbondale
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear unless we see a little rain
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Caddis, Midges, BWO adults and nymphs, worms
THE LOW DOWN: This river really shines this time of year. Heck, if the fishing is slow, you can't beat the views up the Crystal River Valley lately.
Good opportunities can be found from the town of Carbondale all the way to Marble. Once above Redstone, the river becomes a bit more buggy and fishy. Skip the blah looking water and focus on spots where the fish can find a bit of cover. Love catching whitefish? Get those beaded Princes down deep and get ready for a great fight.
Dry flies of note are small hoppers, caddis and baetis. Nymphs should be tiny and shiny for the most part, be sure to get them down in the soup.
HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, BWOs 18-20, midges 18-26
NYMPHS: Copper John 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 18-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Bead Wing Midge 20-22, Medallion Midge 20-22, San Juan Worm 10, Cat Poop 8-12
DRIES: Foam Body Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, Flag Adams 18-22, Hi Vis Griffiths Gnat 18, Skittering Zelon Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 22, HOH CDC Spent Midge 20-22, HOH CDC Midge Adult 24, Morgan's Para Midge 20-22, Henry's Fork Golden Stone 6-8, Egg Laying Golden Stone 8, Sparkledun PMD Pink 16-18, Melon Quill PMD 16-18, Hackle Stacker PMD 16-18
HINTS: Skip the average-looking water and focus on deep pits and runs in the upper reaches of the Crystal River.
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