Crystal River

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Jun 16 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is poor with warming weather and subsequent run-off. Fortunately, though, flows are trending downwards meaning clarity should improve in the weeks to come. The higher you go (think Marble), the more clarity you should find.
OVERALL RATING: 2 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 deeper pits are best fished with your traditional nymph rig.

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
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: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 20-22DRIES: 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 4-8HINTS: Right about now fish will congregate in soft water, not in the middle of the river.

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Jun 12 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

WATER CONDITIONS: Clarity is poor with warming weather and subsequent run-off. Fortunately, though, flows are trending downwards meaning clarity should improve in the weeks to come.
OVERALL RATING: 2 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 deeper pits are best fished with your traditional nymph rig.

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
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: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 20-22DRIES: 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 4-8HINTS: Right about now fish will congregate in soft water, not in the middle of the river.

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Jun 05 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

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
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: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 20-22DRIES: 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 4-8HINTS: Right about now fish will congregate in soft water, not in the middle of the river.

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Jun 02 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 1/5

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
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS: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 20-22DRIES: 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 4-8HINTS: Right about now fish will congregate in soft water, not in the middle of the river.

This report was written by Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen: http://www.taylorcreek.com
(970) 920-1128

Fly Shop Directory

Website: http://www.roaringforkanglers.com
Phone Number: 970-963-9245
Address: 995 Cowen Dr. Ste. 102, Carbondale, CO 81623
Website: http://www.crystalflyshop.com/
Phone Number: 970-963-5741
Address: 208 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623
Website: http://www.rfanglers.com
Phone Number: 970-945-0180
Address: 2114 B Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Website: http://www.taylorcreek.com
Phone Number: (970) 920-1128
Address: 408 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Website: http://www.taylorcreek.com
Phone Number: 970-927-4374
Address: 183 Basalt Center Drive, Basalt, CO 81621
Website: http://troutsflyfishing.com
Phone Number: 303-733-1434
Address: 1303 E. 6TH Ave, Denver, CO 80218