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Jun 05 Taylor Creek Fly Shop - Aspen
Rating: 3/5

June 5, 2021
FLOW: 1290 CFS in Carbondale
WATER CONDITIONS: High and fluctuating between clean and muddy
OVERALL RATING: 6 out of 10 if clear, 0 out of 10 if muddy
FOOD SOURCES PRESENT: Midges, Caddis, Golden Stoneflies, BWOs (more bugs hatching in the lower elevations than the upper so far)
THE LOW DOWN: Flows are a little inconsistent as we warm up for the summer. The Crystal can run clear one day and blow out the next, so keep an eye on the flows.

In the summer months, don't overlook access areas in the town of Carbondale or any of the National Forest access between Carbondale and Redstone.

This can also be a great river to do some wildlife watching on as well. Keep your eyes out for Elk, Deer, Bighorn Sheep, and Merriam Turkeys.

The healthier bug and fish populations tend to be above Redstone, but nice fish can be found anywhere on the Crystal.

Most of you know this is the river to find some solitude, many visitors are focused on the world-renowned Fryingpan, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers.

No need to overthink this river, find some of the pools and runs and show them your favorite smaller attractor flies.
HATCHES: Midges 18-26, BWOs 18-22, Caddis 14-18, Golden Stoneflies 6-10, Salmonflies 4-8
APPROPRIATE PATTERNS:
NYMPHS: Copper John 18-20, Tung Pheasant Tail 16-20, Prince Nymph 16-18, Jerome Baetis 18-20, JuJu Baetis 18-22, Neon Nightmare 20-22, Sparkle Pupa 14-18, Spanflex Golden Stone 8-10, Copper Back Golden Stonefly 8-12, San Juan Worm 10
DRIES: Rogue Foam Salmonfly 4-8, Egg Layer Salmonfly 4, Chubby Chernobyl 8-12, Missing Link Caddis 14-18, No Hackle BWO 20-22, Griffith's Gnat 20-22, Parachute Adams 16-20, Stimulator 18, TC Sparkledun BWO 18-22

Streamers: Lightning Bugger Black 4, Beldar Lemon Drop 4-6, BH Simi Seal Leech 10, Sculpzilla 4-8
HINTS: Don't ignore the shallow riffles, they are often loaded with sculpins and insects.

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

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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
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Phone Number: 303-733-1434
Address: 1303 E. 6TH Ave, Denver, CO 80218