Crystal River Report 12-23-20
Posted on 23 December 2020
December 23, 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
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges
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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