Crystal River Report 12-16-22

Posted on 29 November 2022

Crystal River Report

December 16, 2022

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 when it's clean

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: The Crystal has been hit or miss clarity-wise, just keep an eye on the weather and head elsewhere after heavy rain events.

The Crystal always has plenty of open water and little pressure. Using your favorite attractors in deeper runs and riffles is always effective.

HATCHES:  Blue Winged Olives 18-22, 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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