Crystal River –
Flow: 140 cfs/Redstone, 109 cfs/Carbondale
Conditions: August and September yield the best fishing of the entire year along the mighty Crystal! Despite several mudslides weeks ago, the Crystal River has cleared very nicely and is in great, fishable shape again! Look for the best fishing to take place above mile marker 61 where water flows are greater above agricultural diversions. Hatches of PMDs and caddis are commonplace daily, with sporadic yellow sally action. Golden stones have been hatching over the last week, and afternoons can produce dry fly action with chubby chernobyl and hopper patterns in 10’s and 12’s. Smaller beadhead/jig flies are effective nymph or dropper patterns. Of special note, our private waters including the Crystal River Conservancy, Redstone Preserve and the Crystal Mill Headwaters are all in peak form right now!
Dries: ParaWulff Patriot, Purple Haze, Rubber Leg Stimi’s, Foam Hi Vis Elk Hair Caddis, Sparkledun PMD, Royal Humpy, Mini Foamulator, Para Hopper, Clodhopper Tan, Chubby Chernobyl
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