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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: 06-26-2015

Spent a couple of hours exploring Clear Creek Canyon and unfortunately the hardest part was just finding a place to fish. Even though it’s started to drop, it still has a long ways to go before it’s back to a good summer flow. Fish were willing to eat when I could find slower water, but at this level (1150 CFS) and with the gradient in the canyon, there just isn’t much good holding water that you can get to. There were some places that had nice water along the edges, but the brush was so thick and high that trying to fish it from the bank wasn’t possible.The majority of the canyon is just straight whitewater still.

With other Front Range watersheds starting to come into shape quickly and more and more of the high country opening up daily, I’d recommend spending time elsewhere until things come down quite a bit more.

Report Statistics
1/5Time on Water: 1.5 Hours
Number of Anglers: 1
Hoook Ups: 6
Fish Landed: 1
Weather Experienced

Temperature: 70
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: 1150 CFS
Runoff? Tea-Colored
Erik Myhre

Report Submitted By: Erik Myhre

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