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Ruby Anthracite Creek Fishing Information
Main Section - near Crested Butte, CO
Ruby Anthracite Creek takes some effort to reach, but provides one of the most accurate Colorado fly fishing experiences to enjoy. Beautiful mountains surrounding you on Kebler Pass, dirt road access, gorgeous river teaming with brown, rainbow and brook trout (though mostly brook) and a dynamic and difficult enough river to keep your interest without skunking you on the trout. I loved fishing this river on my trip over Kebler Pass and found the fishing to be spectacular, though challenging.
Usually brook trout water high up in the mountains will allow you to throw any fly, even poorly aimed and you will get them to come up and eat. This river was different. These trout needed flies right on their noses and were only taking nymphs the two days I was there. Once I was able to figure out the pattern and the depth needed to catch the fish, it went from a 2 fish day to a 30+ fish day in a matter of hours.
If you make the journey out to this river and the surrounding area, you won’t be short of places to fish, but bring an attitude equal to the challenge this creek brings and keep an eye out for moose, bear and lion as this is prime habitat for all of them. By far, this was one of my favorite, off the path places to fish around Crested Butte on my journey and I’d make some time for it if I were you in the area.
Bring a variety of heavy and light nymphs and some common dries as well. I found the fish to be specific, but not picky. They were willing to eat a variety of things, but it was nearly every cast once you found the “right bug” for the day. I hope you can experience the same success!
Fish: Many Small-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Medium Freestone
Fish Types: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the Gunnison River Basin near Crested Butte, CO
Fishable Seasons & Current Weather
The best seasons to fish this river are Spring - Fall. See the current weather reports for the next 5-6 days listed below for the nearest city.
wind: 14mph W
H 74 • L 72
Weather from OpenWeatherMap
Knowing what flies to use is only have the battle. You have to know when the insects are active on the water and when it's likely the trout are feeding on them. Refer to our hatch charts below to understand when the insect categories and some of the possible hatches on the river.
Midges hatch year round, but their importance is from September through winter into April. During the warmer months, the trout often focus on larger insects as they are more active on the water like mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.
Aside from Blue wing olives, mayflies are active most commonly from May to August in Colorado. There are many different mayfly hatches found on most rivers and the most common are listed below.
Blue Wing Olive: September throut winter to April
Pale Morning Dun: June to Mid September
Colors: White, Yellow
Sizes: #14 - #20
Green Drakes: June to August
Sizes: #8 - #14
Mahogany Dun: September to October
Colors: Red, Brown
Sizes: #10 - #16
Caddis hatch starting early in May and continue to the end of October.
Colors: Olive, Green, Yellow, Tan, Orange, Brown and Black.
Sizes: #10 - #20
We have some great stonefly hatches in Colorado and while not all rivers carry all species of salmonflies, you can often fish stonefly adult patterns with confidence from May to September. Start off in bigger sizes and get smaller till September hits (size 8 - 16)
Little Black Stone: January to May during warm sunny days.
Colors: Black, Grey
Sizes: #16 - #20
Golden Stone: June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #8 - #14
Yellow Sally Stonefly: Mid June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #12 - #18
Terrestrials don't hatch since they are out of the water, but they can have importance starting in Mid April and ending in September.
These are the the top flies we sell for this river. Use the hatch chart above to know what flies you will want to have in your fly box during your adventure on the river and then select the flies here 30 days before your trip to get them at a great price. All of our flies are hand tied to each order to ensure quality and to keep our prices low for you.
Click on a fly below to select a size and color for purchase.
If you need an easier solution than selecting each fly and size, try out our top fly assortments for this river that will put all the flies you need in a single order for this river. We've already selected the flies we use in our fly box for this river including the sizes and colors and put them in these assortments so you can fish with the confidence that you have the right flies in your box.
Click on any of the pictures to see what flies, colors and sizes we recommend in each assortment.
Use these epic resources to get ready for your adventure. Whether you're planning your trip, learning your insects, improving your fishing with expert tips or getting detailed resources from the USGS streamflows or DoW, we got you covered to help you find the river and find the success you want.