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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: 02-20-2017

With the unseasonably warm weather we have been having, the canyon is clear of ice for quite a way towards Idaho Springs.  The creek is low, but has a bit of color due to the low elevation snow melting and the ice on the river melting.  Fishing dry dropper is the best way to entice a strike.  Small midges sizes 18-22, pheasant tails sizes 16-20, prince nymphs 16-18.  For dries, throw something on top that will support the nymph below.  Fish the deeper pockets and longer runs with a little bit of depth for the best success.  Best fishing times are still 10 until 2 or 3pm.

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Report Submitted By: Randy Hanner

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