NEW: How did 10 years go by?! May 2016 is the start of our 11th year in business.
is here but we still have plenty of great fishing nearby. The Frying Pan is dam controlled and unaffected
by runoff--and the PMD hatch always kicks in at the end of May. We are taking guide trips on the Pan as well as Bar
ZX Ranch/Lampton Lakes throughout the late-May and June runoff season---and the Roaring Fork will also provide some opportunities
of relatively clear and fishable water intermittently until levels start dropping at the end of June. Nearby lakes and
reservoirs provide angling opportunities during the annual snowmelt, with Beaver Lake and Ruedi Reservoir being among the
most popular. Many of our customers have also been gearing up for pike, carp, bass, and crappie fishing at Harvey and
Rifle Gap, and Crawford Reservoir. Check our report page for more details.
Even more new gear for 2016-- We are very excited to have a new brand
in the shop for 2016--Spirit River Fly Tying Materials are in! Ross' new Cimmarron II reel joins the
complete Ross lineup, Galvan's new sealed drag Grip reels, Nautilus X-frame reels, Korker's new Greenback Boots;
Winston's new BIII Plus and Jungle Series; Hardy's new Zephrus and Wraith rods as well as new Ultralite
model reels, Redington Hydrogen rods, TFO's new Impact Rods, Umpqua's new Zero Sweep Packs and River Grip tools, new line
models from Rio, Scientific Anglers, and Airflo, and much more.
In today's world of glossy,
sugar coated websites, this site has become Old School--and as our staff (and our repeat clientele) get older too,
we're OK with that. While technology changes at an ever-increasing rate, with a cell phone app for practically
everything now including fishing, one of the few constants in life is mankind's enrichment by interacting with nature.
The act of going fishing is usually much greater than technological attempts to capture that experience, so we don't
feel the need to constantly be on the cutting edge with a trendy website that's updated every 5 minutes.
We have all the gear (and then some) that you need to maximize your time on the
river. CFS is locally owned and operated, serving both locals and visitors
to our great Roaring Fork Valley. We are glad
to share our local knowledge and are committed to giving personal attention to our clients and customers. Our Carbondale, Colorado Fly Shop strives to offer quality items at reasonable prices, and we're thankful
to have many repeat clients who appreciate value, high performance, and personal service. We
cater to experienced and novice fly fishermen.
in a trip to our area? Our valley is well-known for the abundance of quality public waters,
with two officially designated gold medal streams flowing through the heart of it. You can find just about
any style of trout fishing within a few minutes of Carbondale--from the big-shouldered, mystical Colorado; to riffle-filled
freestones like the Roaring Fork and Crystal, the insect and trout rich tailwater of the Frying Pan,
to countless small high country streams and lakes filled with brookies and cutthroat. Check out our report page for the latest conditions, check out our guide trip page for details on booking a guided float or wade trip, check out our lodging page for a list of area hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds, or give
a call anytime we can be of help.
Over the past 10 years, Crystal Fly Shop has donated over $25,000 in money and gear to many non-profits,
- Roaring Fork Conservancy
- Local Ferdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout Unlimited
- Business Member of National Trout Unlimited Organization
- Thompson Divide Coalition
- Aspen Center For Envirnomental
- Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance
- Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishing Club
- Sunlight Mountain Volunteer Ski Patrol
- Town of
Carbondale Rec Dept.
- Carbondale Council for the Arts and
- Rotary Club
- KDNK Carbondale Community Radio
Crystal Fly Shop is at 1087 Highway 133 next
to Carbondale City Market. More than 200 fly rod models, 220 different reels, and 1600 fly
patterns in stock for 2016.