Crystal River Report June 2, 2024

Posted on 02 June 2024

Crystal River Report

June 2, 2024

FLOW: 1700 CFS in Carbondale 

WATER CONDITIONS: Blown-out for a few weeks to come. Clarity is poor with the recent warm-ups.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 10 

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

THE LOW DOWN: This little gem of a river is currently blown out, and will continue to be until later in June. 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.

No need to overthink the Crystal- Attractor patterns fished dry-dropper style are effective, and change up to a traditional nymph rig for the deeper pits you will encounter.

The higher you go, the more cutthroat and brook trout you will encounter, and fewer people.

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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