Crystal River –
Flow: 261cfs/Redstone, 225 cfs/Carbondale
Conditions: The Crystal is fishing great right now from Redstone up to Marble! If you despise the crowds on the Pan and Fork, the local’s choice is the Crystal. These forgiving fish like to eat a well presented fly and rewards anglers with opportunities for the Colorado Trout Slam (catching a cutthroat, brook, rainbow and brown trout). As an added bonus, the Crystal is also one of the last strongholds for Mountain Whitefish in Colorado (Super Slam!). Dry/dropper setups are ideal for the majority of the river. Cover water and practice stealth when approaching these fish. Caddis, PMDs, golden stoneflies and hoppers will be encountered on the Crystal.
Our private waters on the Redstone Preserve, Darian Ranch and Crystal River Ranch are all fishing at their peak right now! Each one is a little bit different from another and we frequently have clients fish each of them all over the course of their stay.
Dries: Foamulator Yellow, Dry Humper, Mini Chubby Yellow, Stimi ChewToy, PMXs, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, Melon Quill, Flag Dun PMD, Comparadun Drake
Nymphs: French Dips, Perdigons, Rain Drops, Gum Drops, BH Electric Caddis, Breadcrusts, BH Princes, Poxybiot Golden Stone, SanJuan Worm, Tung PTs, Mexican Flag, BH Barr Emerger PMD, Swiss Straw Emerger
Streamers: P3 Buggers, Thin Mints, Mini Jig Buggers