Crystal River Fishing Report

Crystal River Fishing Report
August 24, 2023 manager
In River Reports

Crystal River –

Flow: 147 cfs/Redstone, 101 cfs/Carbondale

Conditions: It took a while this summer for the river to come down but we’re there now! Hatches are consisting of terrestrials, caddis and PMDs. Lighter hatches of midges and BWOs can be encountered though are of less importance. The hopper and ant fishing in particular has been good . Fishing a small, weighted dropper fly below your hopper and through the deeper pools is always a great set-up too. Don’t overthink too hard; cover water and you’ll be handsomely rewarded. Afternoon showers can often muddy the river below Redstone. One of the very few rivers with opportunities for the elusive Colorado Super Slam – catching a whitefish, rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout all in a day! No one knows the Crystal River better than the guides at Crystal Fly Shop – let us show you our beautiful namesake river this summer. As always, feel free to give us a call for daily river conditions at 970.93.5741


Dries: Chubby Chernobyls yellow, Parachute Hopper, PMXs, Dry Humpers, Rubberleg Stimi’s yellow, Caddis Variant Ginger, Foam Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Sparkledun, PMD Flag Dun, Silhouette Dun PMD, Griffiths Gnat, Para. Adams

Nymphs: BH Prince, Jig Golden Stone, Jig Rainbow Warrior, Perdigons, Bullets, BH Electric Caddis, Soft Hackle Peacocks, BH Pheasant Tails

Streamers: Slump Busters, Thin Mints, Sculpzillas, Royal Coachman Bucktail, Mickey Finn