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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: 08-27-2014

Fishing on the Creek continues to be excellent.  Water levels are ideal and the cooler nights have been keeping the water temps right where we want them.  The stretch below four mile has been good but the best area seems between four mile canyon and Boulder falls.  Above the falls we are finding spookier fish so smaller flies and lighter tippet has been the trick.

Fishing a dry dropper rig or single dry fly seems to be the ticket right now.

Try PMX’s (large and small) on top, smaller PMD dries like a PMD extended body or Rocky Mountain Mint, and Neversink Trudes as dries.

For nymphs rainbow warriors continue to be productive.  Also try some caddis pupa patters like Sparkle Pupas or Tak’s Go2 caddis.  Smaller nymphs like Two Bit Hookers, Copper Johns in red and blue, and Tung Redemptions have been great.

Report Statistics
4/5Time on Water: 4
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 15
Fish Landed: 10
Weather Experienced

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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Boulder Creek Water Flow Graphs