Antonio was out on the creek yesterday. Here is his report.
“Cold and Snowy day at B.C. Canyon (30 to 37F).
The water above Four Mile Canyon still at a perfect level and pretty clear, but very cold.
The fishing in the first hours of day was very hard and we had some takes only around 10am. The real action came after 12:30, and with a small increase in the water temperature the fish started to feed.
Chubby on top, PT (sizes 14 and 16) and Jigged Caddis Pupa are still producing most of the fish. Elk Air Caddis, Parachute Adams, and Purple Haze can be very fun if fishing a single fly rig.
It is good to see that the fish are already spread out what make the fishing way more fun!”
As always, with weather like this, be careful driving up and down B.C. Canyon. Roads can be icy and pullouts are less obvious. If you are wearing felt boots, be extra cautious on the snow covered/ice covered rocks.
Good luck out there!
With flows coming up, look above Four Mile for better water conditions. Anything below is murky, high, and fast. Four Mile, all the way to falls, is good, with a slight stain. With Boulder Creek on the rise, the water up here is still quick so be careful wading, but the fishing is still good. Dry dropper set ups with heavier droppers were key. We had an alarming number of fish eat big dries; chubbies, J.C. Specials, Drakes, etc., but many more ate the nymphs. Try fishing larger caddis droppers; we like brush hogs, jigged black caddis, and tung G6 caddis. Small black stones also picked up fish. We also ran nymph rigs through some of the deeper pools with success. For those rigs, give them something that makes it worth it and get it down quick. Worms and stones worked well for this.
Above Boulder Falls is a different story. It is almost a totally different river. The water is low, crystal clear, and cold. Up here we fished single dries primarily, or really light dry dropper rigs. For dries, try small P-adams, CDC caddis (18), Rocky Mountain Mint (18). For nymphs we used small black zebra midges (20), RS’s (gray and olive both worked), and tailwater tiny midges (black, 20). Light tippet, long leaders, and stealthy approaches were vital to finding fish.
With the coming snow/rain/sleet, expect below Four Mile to continue to rage. Above Four Mile continues to produce and should until the flows rise more. Above Four Mile will be the last to blow out so that remains a very viable option as well!
Probably won’t have crazy crowds this weekend with the weather report, so even with the creek on the rise, the fishing should be good.
Clear Creek is consistently producing good days for anglers right now!
FRA Guide Randy Hanner was out yesterday and we like what he found.
“Clear Creek is fishing really well in the mornings. Water temps were in the 40’s. Bugs were everywhere. BWO’s, caddis, and little black stones were out and about. I fished dry dropper all day with a chubby as the dry. Smaller Iron Lotus style flies and cased caddis worked as the droppers with most of the fish coming on the baetis nymph. Fish still seemed to be concentrated in the deeper and slower runs. Fishing slowed in the afternoon. This was most likely due to the high sun with no cloud cover.
Clear Creek is susceptible to turning of color with rain or snow, but generally, if the canyon is muddier low, just move upstream and it will get clearer, especially past the turn of to Black Hawk.
The weekend is here. Time to get out and explore.”
South Boulder Creek is low and fishing has been more challenging the past week than normal. Generally we like to fish SBC when the flow is up around 50-150 CFS. 17 is low, fish are spooky, and they are concentrated in the deeper stuff.
You can still get out here, but stealth will be key! If you do go, try fishing light tippet, 6-7x, and use small flies, 20-24. Small BWO dries and emergers worked for me, as well as small zebra midges in olive. Dry dropper worked well as long as I didn’t spook fish on the approach.
Keep an eye on the flow and once it comes up, SBC will be back in action,but right now I would recommend going to either Boulder Creek or Clear Creek. Both have better flows and are fishing much better right now.
Have a great weekend!
The Day after Snow
Boulder creek was tougher than it had been after the storm. The snow melt seemed to drop the water temp and the fish were not very active, around noon is when it started picking up. We were hooking fish on pheasant tails, black two bit hookers, and juju beatis. We did see a ton of small black stones scattered on the snow. When we moved above 4 mile, the flow was considerably lower and the bigger pools were the most productive. A few fish on the surface with BWO dries. The fish seemed to be back in the deeper stuff with the drop in water temp. Given the next week of nice weather, the fish should spread out in the next day or two, and the fishing should pick up considerably. Definitely still worth getting out on Boulder Creek as it is only going to get better.
Clear Creek After the Storm!
Both George and Antonio spent the other day on Clear Creek. Fishing has been pretty darn good based on their reports!
Antonio: “Clear Creek still fishing well. The level is high giving us more chances to produce fish. Dry Dropper rigs and nymph rigs are productive. Chubby, yes Chubby is the favorite fly at CC, why is that??? My guess is “Protein”! Pheasant tails keep the status of the most reliable nymph to use in the canyon! The Browns in CC are still eating in very Slow Motion, so make sure you don’t rush your set!!”
George:“We fished a private stretch on Clear Creek. Property is fishing well, the water is still pretty low but fish are on the bite. Fish are looking up from time to time on small parachutes and elk hair caddis. Most on nymphs including purple juju beatis #22, black zebra midges #22, pheasant tails and caddis pupa were catching as well in the faster water. We also fished below the private water on some public stretches. They were lights out. Chubbies were good, with droppers below. Clear Creek is a very good option right now.”