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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: 01-26-2015

With the unseasonably warm weather, I took a couple hours to check in on Clear Creek. The majority of the canyon is still pretty iced up, but there were a few holes open that I cherry picked along the way. With temps nearing 70 on this day, there was plenty of midge activity, although most of it was about a size 28. I did see a handful of little black stones in the canyon.

The plunge pools just above Mayhem Gulch were open and fishing pretty well. Other than that the majority of the fishable holes were from Huntsman Gulch and downstream. The upper reaches of the Golden Mile stretch had open water, but there were still considerable ice jams as I got closer to Washington st.

Note that with all the construction going on for the new bike path in the canyon there is some localized water stain. North clear creek is also dumping color into the water with runoff.

Try running a heavy stone or worm pattern up front, with a #20 or smaller midge such as a miracle midge, zebra midge, black beauty, or juju trailed behind.

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Report Statistics
3/5Time on Water: 1 Hour
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 8
Fish Landed: 8
Weather Experienced

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

Water Temperature: 33
Flow Level: 55 CFS
Runoff? Light-Stain
Erik Myhre

Report Submitted By: Erik Myhre

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