Crystal-river-2The Crystal River is an excellent fishery in the roaring fork valley.  With so much water to fish in this area, the crystal commonly gets overlooked.  There are bigger fish and likely more fish in both the Roaring Fork and the Frying Pan which is why they get more attention.  With that said, you can still catch some sizeable fish and put up some good numbers on the crystal.  With a ton of public access from the middle sections up to the headwaters, there is a lot of opportunity to find some solitude and willing trout.  Rainbows and browns ranging from 8 – 16 inches are common in this river and a variety of hatches show up sporadically throughout the year.  With decent technique, patience and commitment, you can have a great day on the Crystal.  Add this to your options when you’re up fishing around the Roaring Fork valley, you may just decide this is your new favorite river.