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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: 04-21-2016

Clear Creek is consistently producing good days for anglers right now!

FRA Guide Randy Hanner was out yesterday and we like what he found.

“Clear Creek is fishing really well in the mornings. Water temps were in the 40’s. Bugs were everywhere.  BWO’s, caddis, and little black stones were out and about.  I fished dry dropper all day with a chubby as the dry. Smaller Iron Lotus style flies and cased caddis worked as the droppers with most of the fish coming on the baetis nymph.  Fish still seemed to be concentrated in the deeper and slower runs.  Fishing slowed in the afternoon.  This was most likely due to the high sun with no cloud cover.

Clear Creek is susceptible to turning of color with rain or snow, but generally, if the canyon is muddier low, just move upstream and it will get clearer, especially past the turn of to Black Hawk.

The weekend is here. Time to get out and explore.”


HANNER C.C. 3      HANNER C.C. 2     HANNER C.C. 1

Report Statistics
4/5Time on Water: 7
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 18
Fish Landed: 12
Weather Experienced

Temperature: 40's
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Light-Stain
Zach Lass

Report Submitted By: Zach Lass

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