Crystal River Report 10-30-23
Posted on 30 October 2023
Crystal River Report
October 30, 2023
FLOW: 55 CFS in Carbondale
WATER CONDITIONS: Clear
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Caddis, BWOs, Sculpins
THE LOW DOWN: This little gem of a river is clear and fishing very well. The Crystal can blow out if there is a heavy rain above Carbondale, but this river is ideal for those seeking a bit of solitude. In-stream work in Carbondale can make the lower mile a bit off-color.
No need to overthink the Crystal- Attractor patterns fished dry-dropper style are effective, and change up to a traditional nymph rig for the deeper pits you will encounter.
The higher you go, the more cutthroat and brook trout you will encounter, and fewer people.
HATCHES: Midges 18-26, Caddis 14-18, BWOs 20-22
NYMPHS: Copper John Red, 18-20, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail 18, Tungsten Split Case PMD Nymph 16-18, Cat Poop Golden Stone 6-10, 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 12-18, 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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