Crystal River Report July 3, 2024

Posted on 03 July 2024

Crystal River Report
July 3, 2024
FLOW: 1420 CFS in Carbondale 

WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is poor but beginning to improve

OVERALL RATING: 2 out of 10 

FOOD SOURCES PRESENT:  Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, Salmonflies, Blue Winged Olives, Midges, Sculpins

THE LOW DOWN: We wouldn't call the Crystal "blown out" at this point, per se, but the water is high and the fishing can be tough. The higher you go, the better chance you stand.

No need to overthink the Crystal -- attractor patterns fished dry-dropper style are effective and deeper pits are best fished with your traditional nymph rig.

The higher you go, the more cutthroat and brook trout you will encounter, and fewer people. This river is ideal for those seeking a bit of solitude. In-stream work in Carbondale can make the lower mile a bit off-color.

HATCHES: Caddis 14-18, Salmonflies 4-8, Golden Stoneflies 4-8, Blue Winged Olives 20-22, Midges 18-26

NYMPHS: Tungsten Twenty-Incher 10-16, Cat Poop Stone 4-10, Tungsten PMD Redemption 16-18, San Juan Worm, Copper John Chartreuse16-20, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail 18, Tungsten Split Case PMD Nymph 16-18, Tung Pheasant Tail 16-20, FKA Prince Nymph 14-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22

DRIES: Stimulator 12-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, Improved Sofa Pillow 4-8, Reed's Rogue Salmonfly 6-10, Henry's Fork Golden Stone 10-14, Harrop's CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, Collette's Quilled Para BWO 18-22, Griffith's Gnat 20-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22, Putterbaugh Caddis Black 16-18 (Fished as a winter stone)

STREAMERS: Lightning Bugger Black 4, Beldar Lemon Drop 4-6, BH Simi Seal Leech 10, Sculpzilla 4-8

HINTS: Right about now fish will congregate in soft water, not in the middle of the river.


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