Crystal River Fishing Report

Crystal River Fishing Report
September 20, 2023 manager
In River Reports

Crystal River –

Flow: 83 cfs/Redstone, 64 cfs/Carbondale

Conditions: The last of summer hatches including hoppers, PMDs and caddis are tapering off while the BWO hatches are just now starting up. Fishing a small, weighted dropper fly below your hopper and through the deeper pools is always a great set-up. Smaller streamers are very effective in the deeper pools right now. Don’t overthink it 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, Sparkledun BWO

Nymphs: BH Prince, Jig Golden Stone, Jig Rainbow Warrior, Perdigons, Bullets, BH Electric Caddis, Soft Hackle Peacocks, BH Pheasant Tails, PMD Barr Emerger, RS2s

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