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Boulder Creek Fishing Report

Our Boulder Creek fishing report will give you an idea of what flies to use and general conditions you can expect. Boulder Creek is one of Boulder’s most prized possessions, running from Barker Reservoir through town past the campus of CU and out into the flats of Colorado. From start to finish this is a fine trout fishery full of wild browns, rainbows, and even some colorful brookies up towards the town of Nederland. If you can really devote some time to fishing the creek there are even a few cutthroats to be found. Go for the Boulder Creek grand slam!

The creek is full of opportunistic fish that are eager to take a dry fly, so take advantage of the great caddis, blue wing olive and terrestrial fishing. The midges that call Boulder Creek home are active all year and are always a safe bet come the colder months of the year. This is a great chance to get out and test some of those midge patterns that you have been drooling over all winter. The caddis hatches on the creek makes for some of the best evening fishing Boulder has to offer.  A simple dry fly with a dropper hanging off the back will light up fish all day long and into the night.

The creek fishes well from start to finish, hitting bigger browns outside of town, or even in town, more rainbows than you can stick in one day up in the canyon and brookies that will keep you grinning until dark near the upper stretches of the creek. The fish size averages around 8in, but there are plenty of larger fish to be had in the creek up to 18″+.


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Fishing Report Date: 07-26-2016

A Great B.C. Brown.

Boulder Creek is banging, bugs are everywhere, and now is the time to get out.  Check out a few recent reports from FRA guides, then grab your rod and head up the Canyon.

“Mostly caught on a Hippie Stomper and Frenchie trailed. Fishing was good.  It has been great this whole week!!. Water level for Castle Rock is perfect. Not as many crowds as I expected either.  Other good nymphs include pheasant tails, brush hogs, and tailwater tiny’s in sz 18.  Cloud cover can produce good single dry fly fishing Adam’s and other smallish mayfly patterns.” ~ Wallace

Adam Guide Trip“Well Boulder Creek is definately still producing some great fish and they are very eager to eat. We used a dry dropper with a chubby Chernobyl and a brush hog. But we also got several strikes on a tung torpedo, pheasant tail and frenchie. Nymph wise we we stuck with size 16 to 18. We didnt get much of any activity on anything smaller than that. And dry flies we stuck with size 14 and 16.” ~Adam


Top 5 Dries for Boulder Creek Right Now

  1. Parachute Adams sz 14-20
  2. Purple Haze sz 16-18
  3. Hippie Stomper sz 14-16
  4. Chubby Chernobyl sz 14-16
  5. Crystal Stimulator sz 14-16

Top 5 Nymphs for Boulder Creek Right Now

  1. Frenchie sz 16-18
  2. Pheasant Tail sz 12-18
  3. Tung Torpedo sz 16-18
  4. Brush Hog sz 16-18
  5. Tailwater Tiny sz 18


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Weather Experienced

Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
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Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Clear
Zach Lass

Report Submitted By: Zach Lass

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