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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: 07-22-2016

Clear Creek has finally come down and has been fishing great. Dry/Dropper sets with Stimmies, Chubbies, PMX, and Elk Hair Caddis on top and trailed by PT’s, 2 Bits, Electric Caddis, Tung teasers, and Copper Johns producing fish during the day. Afternoon hatches can occur on cloudy afternoons providing good dry opportunities for BWO’s, PMD’s, and Drakes upstream from Idaho Springs. Parachute Adams, Film Critics, and CDC Comparaduns have all been producing well. On Clear hot days be prepared to get deep, fishing the fore-mentioned nymphs along the bottom for success. Evening dry fly bite has remained solid with Elk Hair, and CDC Caddis imitations working best.

 

 

Report Statistics
3/5/5Time 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
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Zach Lass

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