Crystal River Report 4-24-18

Posted on 24 April 2018


April 24, 2018

FLOW: 160 cfs in Carbondale 

WATER CONDITIONS: Clean and low, but we've seen some color here and there as we warm up.

OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  Midges, BWO, PMD and green drake nymphs, golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larva (free swimming and cased) cranefly larva, sculpins

THE LOW DOWN:  The Crystal has been a bit twitchy lately, clean one day and dirty the next.  As we always preach, there is usually no need to over-think this river.  Take a few attractor dries and nymphs and fish the deeper water.

HATCHES: Midges 20-22, sporadic BWOs18-22, sporadic caddis 12-18


NYMPHS: Copper John 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 18-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Spanflex Stone 6-10, San Juan Worm 10

DRIES: Flag Adams 18-22, Hi Vis Griffiths Gnat 18, Skittering Zelon Midge 20, CDC Transitional Midge 22, Goddard Caddis 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis 12-18

HINTS: Skip the average-looking water and focus on deep pits and runs.


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