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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: 05-30-2016

Clear Creek is generally one of the first rivers to come up during runoff.  It has lived up to its reputation.  Flowing around 450 down by Golden.  Basically this means the entire Canyon from Golden to Idaho Springs is off color and not fishing very well.  If you do fish, be very careful wading.  Better to head up past Lawson where the flow is more reasonable.  If you get above where the West Fork puts in (Empire turn-off), the fishing and flow will steadily improve.  Work the edges with dry dropper rigs and find any soft water.  The fish will eat if the fly is in their zone.  Frenchies, Iron Lotus, San Jaun’s, and Psycho princes all took fish.  My attractor dry fly got interest from a few but that was about it.

Report Statistics
2/5Time on Water: 5
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 10
Fish Landed: 7
Weather Experienced

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

Muddy
Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? on
Zach Lass

Report Submitted By: Zach Lass


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