Crystal River Report 9-4-22

Posted on 04 September 2022

Crystal River Report

September 4, 2022

FLOW: 174 CFS in Carbondale

WATER CONDITIONS: Fluctuating between clean and muddy, usually gets off-color if there is rain above Redstone.

OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10 when it's clean

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

THE LOW DOWN: The Crystal has been hit or miss clarity-wise, just keep an eye on the weather and head elsewhere after heavy rain events.

The Crystal always has plenty of open water and little pressure. Using your favorite attractors in deeper runs and riffles is always effective.

HATCHES:  Caddis 14-18, Blue Winged Olives 18-22, Midges 18-26, Golden Stonelfies 4-10, Salmonflies 4-8, Pale Morning Duns 14-18

NYMPHS: Cat Poop Stonefly 4-10, Murder, She Wrote 20-22, 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, Cat Poop Stonefly 10-12, San Juan Worm 10

DRIES: TC Custom Sparkledun Green Drake 12, Stott's KGB Green Drake 12, Chubby Chernobyl 8-10, Reed's Rogue Salmonfly 4-8, Reed's Mustard Chubby 10-14, Perfect PMD 16-18, TC Fryingpan PMD Cripple 16-18, Harrop's CDC Thorax BWO 20-22, Collette's Quilled Para BWO 18-22, E/C Caddis 14-18, Pearl and Elk Caddis 14-18, 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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