Crystal River Report 3-18-22
Posted on 18 March 2022
March 18, 2022
FLOW: 78.5 CFS in Carbondale
WATER CONDITIONS: Low and Clear, significant ice.
OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges
THE LOW DOWN: We are seeing large amounts of ice in the river. As of late the lower elevations will produce a bit better where it isn't significantly iced up. The more you explore, the more open water you'll find.
The healthier bug and fish populations tend to be above Redstone, but nice fish can be found anywhere on the Crystal.
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 Red, 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, San Juan Worm 10
DRIES: 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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