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Crystal River - Redstone - Colorado

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Griffith’s Gnat
February Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Griffith’s Gnat
March Midges, Blue Winged Olives (BWO) Midges (Afternoon), BWO (Afternoon) Midges (#20-24), BWO (#18-20) Midges (Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Griffith’s Gnat), BWO (Pheasant Tail, BWO Emerger)
April BWO, Caddis Mid-morning - Afternoon BWO (#18-20), Caddis (#14-16) BWO (Pheasant Tail, BWO Emerger), Caddis (Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis)
May Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD All Day Caddis (#14-16), Stoneflies (#4-8), PMD (#16-18) Caddis (Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis), Stoneflies (Pat’s Rubber Legs, Golden Stone), PMD (PMD Emerger, Sparkle Dun)
June Stoneflies, PMD, Drakes All Day Stoneflies (#4-8), PMD (#16-18), Drakes (#8-10) Stoneflies (Pat’s Rubber Legs, Golden Stone), PMD (PMD Emerger, Sparkle Dun), Drakes (Hare’s Ear, Drake Parachute)
July PMD, Drakes, Grasshoppers All Day PMD (#16-18), Drakes (#8-10), Grasshoppers (#6-12) PMD (PMD Emerger, Sparkle Dun), Drakes (Hare’s Ear, Drake Parachute), Grasshoppers (Foam Hopper, Dave’s Hopper)
August Grasshoppers, Tricos, Terrestrials All Day Grasshoppers (#6-12), Tricos (#20-24), Terrestrials (#10-14) Grasshoppers (Foam Hooper, Dave’s Hopper), Tricos (Trico Spinner, Trico Dun), Terrestrials (Armadillo Beetle, Ant Deluxe)
September BWO, Terrestrials Mid-Morning - Afternoon BWO (#18-20), Terrestrials (#10-14) BWO (Pheasant Tail, BWO Emerger), Terrestrials (Armadillo Beetle, Ant Deluxe)
October BWO, Midges Mid-morning - Afternoon BWO (#18-20), Midges (#20-24) BWO (Pheasant Tail, BWO Emerger), Midges (Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Griffith’s Gnat)
November Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Griffith’s Gnat
December Midges Afternoon #20-24 Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Griffith’s Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Crystal River offers a variety of spots perfect for fly fishing, particularly in and around the charming town of Redstone. Among the ideal locations are:

  • Bogan Flats Campground: This campground is spectacularly located by the riverside, providing easy access for fishing.
  • Redstone Park: Not only does this park provide picturesque views, but it also offers plenty of fishing opportunities.
  • Redstone Campground: Nestled amidst lush greenery, this locale boasts several spots along the river for rewarding fishing adventures.
  • Beaver Lake: A small, tranquil lake near Redstone, it provides a satisfying alternative for fly fishing.
  • Four-mile Fishing Area: This stretch of the river is a favorite among locals for its abundant trout population.

Remember to always check the fishing regulations of the area and have the required permits before embarking on your adventure.

Best Access Points

Fly fishing enthusiasts favor the Crystal River – Redstone for its abundant trout population and serene views. Here are the best access points for a successful catch:

  • Narrows Picnic Spot: Conveniently located near Highway 133, Narrows offers easy river access with plenty of fish.
  • Bogan Flats Campground: A serene spot to fish with the added convenience of camping amenities.
  • Redstone Campground: A popular access point with ample parking area. The nearby town of Redstone provides needed supplies and refreshments.
  • BRB Crystal River Resort: Offers both RV Camping spots and cozy cabins. Provides easy river access and a fly and tackle shop.
  • Penny Hot Springs: While in the area for fishing, enjoy the natural hot springs. A great place to relax after a day of fishing, and the view is spectacular.

Each location offers unique benefits for fishing enthusiasts, promising an unforgettable experience on the Crystal River.

Local Fish

  • Trout: They are the most popular species targeted in the Fly fishing community. They are known for their wily nature and beautiful colors. Crystal river is especially known for its Brown and Cutthroat trout.
  • Salmon: These are the largest and strongest fish in the Crystal river. There are primarily two types of Salmon in the Crystal, the Sockeye and King Salmon.
  • Pike: A large and aggressive species in Crystal River, making them a thrilling catch for fly fishers.
  • Arctic grayling: Although not as common as trout or salmon, these elegant fish are targeted for their vibrant coloration and spirited fights.
  • Mountain whitefish: Native to the rivers and lakes of the United States. Their population in the Crystal River area is vast and they are fun to catch once a fisherman locates them.
  • Dolly Varden: A member of the Salmon family and look similar to Bull Trout. They are an excellent fighting fish and are highly targeted by fly fishermen.
  • Steelhead: A sea run variant of Rainbow trout. They are highly sought after due to their strength and endurance.
  • Striped Bass: They are not native to the Crystal River but have adapted well to the local conditions. They are highly aggressive and can provide a fun fight for anglers.

About The River

Running through the heart of Colorado is the stunning Crystal River. Nestled amid lush greenery and towering mountains, this river originates high in the Elk Mountains and gently flows for about 40 miles into the mighty Roaring Fork River.

Situated next to the Crystal River is the lovely town of Redstone, a little gem known for its fascinating history. Known as the “Ruby of the Rockies”, Redstone was established in the early 1900s due to coal mining activity. Redstone’s fame flourished thanks to its benefactor, John Osgood, a renowned industrialist.

  • The Redstone Castle, built by Osgood, stands as a testament to the Gilded Age opulence.
  • The Redstone Inn, previously housing a dormitory for bachelor coal miners, now serves as a charming bed-and-breakfast.
  • Redstone’s Historical Society continually works to conserve the rich history of this idyllic hamlet.

Each visit to the Crystal River – Redstone presents a fresh adventure, offering a delightful blend of natural beauty and enriching history.


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