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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″+.

Latest Guide Report

Fishing Report Date: 01-28-2016

Boulder Creek has picked up a little this week with the warmer weather.  Anglers are finding more open water from 30st St up past Broadway.  The canyon is still locked up, but anyone looking for a quick fix should look towards town.  With it being such an easy option, you will most likely be sharing the water with a few other anglers, but there is plenty of water for everyone.

Focus on the deeper water and the plunge pools.  Try fishing small midges; juju midges, cheesman emergers, copper ribbed RS2’s and olive zebras.  Worms and eggs are still picking up the occasional fish as well.  Lastly, a dry dropper through some of the shallower stuff has been good and larger dries have been getting the occasional nod from the adventurous winter fish.

With warm days on the horizon, no excuses to not get out and enjoy one of our best local resources.

Report Statistics
3/5Time on Water: 4
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 5
Fish Landed: 5
Weather Experienced

Temperature: 55
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Clear
Zach Lass

Report Submitted By: Zach Lass

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