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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: 08-29-2015

Had to be in Idaho Springs with the family so decided to take the Zen Fly Fishing Tenkara rods along to do some exploring of clear creek above Idaho Springs. Flows have finally come down to a very nice level, making not only euro/nymphing all the pocket water a blast, but sensational dry dropper fishing. For the most part the only bugs seen out and about were small caddis and some small stoneflies. Spent the majority of the time fishing a dry dropper rig with the dry consisting of everything from chubby chernobyls, to cartoon hoppers, to beetles to elk hair caddis. I had a few refusals and misses on some of the larger terrestrials, so if you see that happening, go smaller. Elk hair caddis and clown shoe caddis were the most productive dry patterns. I switched up the dropper often and didn’t find one pattern that seemed to consistently pull fish. I used a variety of stonefly, mayfly and caddis patterns. Try patterns like psycho princes, copper johns, sparkle pupas, iron sally’s and any pheasant tail variation.

Report Statistics
5/5Time on Water: 1.5 Hour
Number of Anglers: 2
Hoook Ups: 13
Fish Landed: 10
Weather Experienced

Temperature: 85
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 123 CFS
Runoff? Clear
Erik Myhre

Report Submitted By: Erik Myhre

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