Crystal River –
Flow: 318 cfs/Redstone, 279 cfs/Carbondale
Conditions: The Crystal has quickly dropped to some great levels for fly fishing—just high enough to push a lot of fish into really obvious places—and just low enough that the dry fly fishing has really picked up over the last week. Keep in mind, covering water on the Crystal makes more of a difference than fishing the “right” fly. Dry/dropper rigs are great for the abundant pocket water. Nymphing the less frequent deeper pools with attractors like beadheads and worms trailed by a more exact PMD/caddis imitation is productive right now. Below Redstone, the water clarity has been variable with recent and frequent afternoon showers.
Dries: ParaWulff Patriot, Purple Haze, Rubber Leg Stimi’s, Foam Hi Vis Elk Hair Caddis, Sparkledun PMD, Royal Humpy, Mini Foamulator
Nymphs: Jiggy Prince, Perdigons, French Dips, Micro Mayflies, Mercury RS2, San Juan Worm, Tungsten Electric Caddis, Zebra Midges, Rainbow Warriors
Streamers: Sculpzillas, P3 Buggers, Thin Mints