Crystal River –
Flow: 196 cfs/Redstone, 126 cfs/Carbondale
Conditions: Great level for dry fly fishing right now! Low and clear water with the best fishing occurring above Redstone where water temps are ideal (cooler). The lower river in Carbondale is seeing the best fishing take place during the morning hours with fishing tapering off after 1pm. 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 trailed by a more exact PMD/caddis imitation is productive right now. Of special note, our private waters along the upper Crystal River have been fishing very well and are a great option to avoid the high-pressured surrounding rivers and creeks.
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