Fly Fishing Reports For Boulder Colorado

We realize that for most folks, fly fishing is a passion you enjoy on the weekends, after work, or when the conditions justify calling in sick! You want to maximize your time when you do get an opportunity to get out to your favorite spot. That’s exactly why we strive to keep our Boulder fly fishing reports up to date more than any other shop in the region. No more spending half of your outing trying to figure out why the fish keep refusing your fly!


Fishing Around Boulder In A Nutshell

Boulder Creek See Full Report

Flows throughout the canyon have settled into a perfect mid-summer flow and the fishing should remain fantastic deep into fall. The sections from Boulder Falls up past Roger’s Park and Castle Rock up to Nederland are pretty much at their minimum level, so your best water is going to be from Boulder Falls down through town. This is the time of year when you can use just about the entire selection in your fly box and find fish. Caddis, Terrestrials, Mayflies, Stones and midges are all on the menu right now. One of our most successful rigs right now is a dry dropper combo using a large attractor dry fly up top with just about any flashy nymph below. Try a jigged hare’s ear, green drake nymphs and small rainbow warriors for consistent success. The area around the library and justice center always hold some nice fish, and if you haven’t checked out some of the great pocket water within the first mile below 4 mile creek in the canyon, now is the time to take a look!

Boulder Creek Water Flow Graphs

South Boulder Creek See Full Report

During this time of year, SBC is a diverse and very healthy creek, with lots of bugs out and about and a lot of water available to fish. Caddis, stones and PMDs are the main food source, with a few BWOs and Red Quills mixed in. A dry dropper rig can make for a very fun afternoon or evening, as this is a nice close-to-home option.  Don’t forget about some of the upper stretches of South Boulder Creek as well. Flows are a little low in the Pinecliffe and Rollinsville area, but work the pools and you’ll be productive.

South Boulder Creek Water Flow Graphs

Clear Creek See Full Report

Even though it was one of the last ones to come down, Clear Creek is now sitting at a great flow, and is in it’s summer prime. You’ll find plenty of action with a dry dropper rig worked in the pocket water. Stonefly, Mayfly, Midge and Caddis imitations are all pulling fish. If you’re looking to work on your euro-nymphing skills, the canyon is the perfect place to find tumbling pocket water this time of year.

Clear Creek Water Flow Graphs

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Big Thompson See Full Report

The Big Thompson below Olympus Dam is one of the best options on the Front Range right now. Another option would be to check out the upper stretches of the Big T in the Park. The dry-fly bite has been solid, which makes it even better. We’ve been having the best luck on #20 adams and Mole Flies up top with UV emergers, soft hackle sow bugs and calico midges trailed below.

Big Thompson River Water Flow Graphs

Blue River See Full Report

After a long stretch of high water, the Blue is finally trending downward and at a great summer flow. In Silverthorne the typical Mysis and (black, grey and red) midge combo on 6x is still your best bet. Outside of town work larger attractor nymphs such as stonefly and caddis patterns mixed with smaller PMD patterns. With the lower water a terrestrial patterns worked along the edges will also get attention. The lower blue has been fishing well with green drake and PMD nymphs. The Drake dry fly bite seems to have waned, but has been replaced by a solid PMD dry bite.

Blue River Water Flow Graphs