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Boulder Creek

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.

Latest Guide Report

Fishing Report Date: 08-14-2014

Carp Fishing Report
We hit some warm water ponds East of Boulder around 8am with some light cloud cover and no wind. The visibility was tough with the cloud cover but the fish were very active with their noses down all over the place. They weren’t too spooky and didn’t care too much about line size as we got takes all the way down to 1X flourocarbon tippet. Most effective flies were: Carp Daddy’s, wine and rust colored backstabbers, and carp crack.
By mid morning they were out a little farther but still cruising slowly. If you could time it right and lead them, getting your fly down fast enough, they would look at whatever you threw. We had a small grass carp come up and nose a Chubby Chernobyl.
In general, the evening bite has been very good right before the sun goes down. Very slow retrieves with crawfish patterns and any color of backstabber has brought in the most fish.
In order to get a good presentation without sacrificing fighting power, I would recommend a 6wt, fast action rod. We used a 9′ 6wt Sage One and 9′ 6wt Hardy Zenith on the trip. Make sure your drag system is smooth and the line isn’t looped in the reel to reduce the probability of a break-off
Report Statistics
4/5Time on Water: 4.4 Hours
Number of Anglers: 2
Hoook Ups: 4
Fish Landed:
Weather Experienced

Clear
Temperature: 75-85
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

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Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
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Drew Thomas

Report Submitted By: Drew Thomas


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