Crystal River Report 4-28-21
Posted on 28 April 2021
April 28, 2021
FLOW: 115 CFS in Carbondale
WATER CONDITIONS: Low, clear
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, BWOs (more bugs hatching in the lower elevations than the upper so far)
THE LOW DOWN: Flows are low and clear, but it still looks good around Carbondale up to around Redstone.
In the spring months, don't overlook access areas in the town of Carbondale or any of the National Forest access between Carbondale and Redstone.
This can also be a great river to do some wildlife watching on as well. Keep your eyes out for migrating Elk, Deer, Bighorn Sheep, and Merriam Turkeys.
The healthier bugs and fish tend to be above the mines so enjoy some of the history on your trip up the river.
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, BWOs 18-22, Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 6-10, Salmonflies 4-8
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, Spanflex Golden Stone 8-10, Copper Back Golden Stonefly 8-12, San Juan Worm 10
DRIES: Rogue Foam Salmonfly 4-8, Egg Layer Salmonfly 4, Chubby Chernobyl 8-12, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, No Hackle BWO 20-22, 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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