Crystal River Report 12-5-19

Posted on 05 December 2019


December 5, 2019

FLOW: 54 CFS in Carbondale


OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  Midges, BWO adults and nymphs, worms

THE LOW DOWN: Good opportunities can be found from the town of Carbondale all the way to Marble. Once above Redstone, the river becomes a bit more iced up in the shaded areas. 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 midges and baetis. Nymphs should be tiny and shiny for the most part, be sure to get them down in the soup.

HATCHES: 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: 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

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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