Crystal River Report 12-19-20

Posted on 19 December 2020

December 19, 2020

FLOW: 15 CFS in Carbondale, 45 CFS in Redstone and above

WATER CONDITIONS: The river is quite low in Carbondale, head up towards Redstone for better fishing conditions. Getting icy here and there

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 10 


THE LOW DOWN: Flows are low and clear and ice is starting to accumulate, but if you head up a few miles you'll see more water in the river. The lower river is beginning to ice up a bit, plus the areas that stay in the shade.

Most of you know this is the river to find some solitude, many visitors are focused on the world-renowned Fryingpan, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers. 

No need to overthink this river, find some of the pools and runs and show them your favorite smaller attractor flies.

HATCHES: Midges 18-26

NYMPHS: Copper John 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Sparkle Pupa 14-18, San Juan Worm 10

DRIES: Griffith's Gnat 20-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, Stimulator 18, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22

HINTS: Don't ignore the shallow riffles, they are often loaded with sculpins and insects.


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