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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: 12-13-2014

The water is pretty low right now and the fish are spooky. Fished through town. Best spots to fish are in the deeper pools using a nymph set up and getting it down deep is the most effective technique. Pheasant tails, and smaller flies are producing well. Fish are pretty lethargic so getting them to move can be tough. Larger flies or attractor patterns such as HDA and San Juan’s as a point or anchor fly can also be very productive. Have to be patient and really work pools, don’t give up after the first couple casts.

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Report Statistics
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Weather Experienced

Temperature: 60
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 20 CFS
Runoff? Clear

Report Submitted By: Ryan Vonderach

Boulder Creek Water Flow Graphs