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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: 10-13-2014

Clear Creek has been funny all year.  It has been very hit or miss this season.  The most consistent fishing has been higher up the canyon above the turn off for Blackhawk.  Anything lower has been a role of the dice.  With that said, it is still a good, closer option at just about an ideal flow.  Try nymphing the deeper, faster stuff and running dries on the opposite bank in the shallows.  Both should be productive strategies.  I didn’t fish any streamers when I was there, but that would also be something to try.  A lot of those fish like to hang on the far bank so you may pull some good fish off of it with smaller streamer patterns.

Dries: Extended Body BWO (18-20), Purple Haze (16-18), Rocky Mountain Mint (Adams).

Nymphs: Two bit hookers (olive, black), Egan’s Iron Lotus, Hotwire Princes, Mercury Baetis, Pandemic Tailwater (BWO).

Report Statistics
3/5Time on Water: 6
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups:
Fish Landed:
Weather Experienced

Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 100 CFS
Runoff? Light-Stain
Zach Lass

Report Submitted By: Zach Lass

Clear Creek Water Flow Graphs