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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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The water is getting cold and the canyon is a bit icy. We do not recommend fishing clear creek at this time. If you are going to give it a shot, focus on the larger, deep, slow pools where fish will remain through the winter. A 2 fly nymph setup would be a good idea with a small stone fly, or attractor nymph on top followed by a smaller baetis or midge imitation.

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Wind Conditions: Calm
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Runoff? Clear
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