Coal Creek of the Slate River is a small tributary housing some brown and brook trout.  For the angler looking to ditch crowds and find some solitude on a small creek near Crested Butte, Coal creek is a good option to explore.  Dry dropper usually takes most of the fish, though don’t be afraid to cut down to a single dry and get ultra-accurate casts in the tight spots along the banks or in the pocket water.  Most of the hatches match up to the season in the area and match the other rivers, so keep it in min as you explore.  While this may not be a river you seek out all by itself, it’s a great option for fishing if you are already in the area and are looking to beat the crowds.