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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: 9-21-2016

Clear Creek is fishing excellent right now.  The cloudy weather we’ve been experiencing along with cold night time air temperatures has made the water temperature drop.  This change in weather has sparked some extra vigor in the fish to start packing on the weight for the upcoming winter.  Concentrate on deeper pockets with a dry dropper rig.  The top flies have been a Hippie Stomper sizes 14-16, Jigged HDA Favorites size 16, and midge bombs 18-20.  Fishing 6x tippet is not mandatory, but it helps get the smaller flies down faster in heavy flows.  Since there are not very big fish in the creek, so you shouldn’t worry about breaking them off when they get hooked.  The fish can also be landed fairly quickly also.

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Report Statistics
5/5Time on Water: 8 hours
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 30+
Fish Landed: 23
Weather Experienced

Partly-Cloudy
Temperature: 70
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Clear
Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 75 CFS
Runoff? Clear

Report Submitted By: Randy Hanner

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