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Clear Creek

When all the rivers and streams seem to be overloaded with anglers, Clear Creek always has an empty hole to fish. Clear Creek parallels I-70 from just east of Idaho Springs to Georgetown. Idaho Springs is 32 miles west of Denver. For access to the stream, take exit 240 at Idaho Springs. Turn left, then turn right on old Highway 6. The stream is open to fishing most of its length.

I don’t think I have ever cast a dry fly on this water; perhaps I haven’t fished it at the right time. However, there are caddis, a few mayflies, and stoneflies here. Drifting Prince Nymphs, Golden Stone Nymphs, and Beadhead Hare’s Ears in the pocket water and deeper runs always produces a trout or two. The rainbows, browns, and Snake River cutthroat average between 8 and 12 inches.

The water can be swift, so care should be taken while wading. a basic 4- or 5-weight outfit is fine, but bring plenty of split shot.

River description excerpted from Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado by Marty Bartholomew

River description excerpted from Flyfisher’s Guide to Colorado by Marty Bartholomew

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Fishing Report Date: 07-25-2014

After an extended spring, Clear Creek is finally settling down and fishable. While still high for historic flows for this time of year, there is plenty of pocket water opening up that is perfect for practicing your euro-rig fishing. Spent a few early morning hours in the upper canyon above tunnel 5. Throwing jigged hare’s ears, and heavy caddis nymphs had the most success. Slowly made my way upstream, picking pocket water near the bank (literally a foot or less from the bank usually.) At about 9 a pretty thick midge hatch came off and fish were looking up in the tailouts behind boulders. Lots of good fish and bug activity.

Report Statistics
4/5Time on Water: 3 Hours
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 18
Fish Landed: 15
Weather Experienced

Temperature: 70
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 275 CFS
Runoff? Clear
Erik Myhre

Report Submitted By: Erik Myhre

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