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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: 03-16-2015

With all the warm weather I decided to do some recon and see what Clear Creek looked like. Last time I had checked (during the last round of cold and snow) it had frozen up pretty solid. I was pleasantly surprised to find a wide open creek, even in the deepest parts of the canyon. There were some remnants of shelf ice along the banks in the darkest sections, but nothing that would make access tough. There is a lot of trail work going on in the canyon at the moment, so some of the normal sections are packed with construction equipment and people. This is contributing to the stain of the water, along with the north fork coming in from Black Hawk.

I stopped downstream of Mayhem Gulch and found some good looking holes. Flows are perfect right now for euro-style fishing. Even though it feels like summer at the moment to us, the water temp is still below 50, and the fish seem to still be holed up in their winter lies. Look for fish in the deep slack water behind structure and along the banks in less than a foot of water.

The fish seemed to like the attractor patterns the best, as the blood red squirmito and jigged prince nymph would actually make fish chase down the fly. Other patterns that pulled fish included rainbow warriors, black zebra midge and hippie midge.

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Report Statistics
3/5Time on Water: 3 Hours
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 17
Fish Landed: 14
Weather Experienced

Temperature: 70
Wind Conditions: Light-Breeze
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature: 48
Flow Level: 65 CFS
Runoff? Light-Stain
Erik Myhre

Report Submitted By: Erik Myhre

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