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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: 07-16-2014

Although Boulder Creek is still running higher than historical averages, the upper section is fishing extremely well and is nearly wadable everywhere. Yesterday in the section from RTD stop at Ridge Road to the MM 30, I fished 2 weight Circa for a little less than 3 hours. Started out with a Hippie Stomper and short dropper to a Rainbow Warrior. After catching 15 or so mostly on the Stomper, I switched it out to huge barred leg Hopper imitation. Fish on first cast on whatever that was. Played around with different droppers, but nothing beat the RW.

Soon I started seeing BWOs and PMDs coming off. I started to look at my collection of Parachute Adams. Then I saw what I thought I saw two weeks ago … a Green Drake … not a Gray Drake, but an honest to goodness Green Drake with 3 tails and the highly segmented abdomen … not as large as you might see on Pan or the Fork … but big enough. Out came the #12 Adams and I fished a single dry fly like God intended. The Browns were hitting it in very fast riffles. Great fishing … probably caught 40 -50. The Boulder Creek Browns are particularly well shaped … good bellies … much better than the Big T. It’s close it’s great, it’s fun.

Report Statistics
5/5Time on Water: 3 Hours
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: ~50
Fish Landed:
Weather Experienced

Wind Conditions: Light-Breeze
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 205 CFS
Runoff? Clear
Wallace Westfeldt

Report Submitted By: Wallace Westfeldt

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