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Boulder Creek

Latest Guide Report

07-16-2019

Report by: Randy Hanner

Flows are still high, around 250-300 cfs. The weather was 85 and sunny. Fished from 10-2 with good success. Landed 12 fish between two clients with lots of bites. We set up dry dropper rigs with chubby Chernobyls (size 10-14) on top and caddis nymphs (Walt’s worms and blowtorches all size 16) anywhere from 14-20 inches below. The fish are holed up in the pockets and shallow water on the edges of the creek and only short casts are needed, but more import is having a good drift. Fishing is good, but be careful wading.

Guide Rating
/5
Weather Experienced

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

Light-Stain
Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Light-Stain

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About Boulder Creek Fly Fishing

Our Boulder Creek fishing report will give you an idea of what flies to use and general conditions you can expect. Boulder Creek is one of Boulder’s most prized possessions, running from Barker Reservoir through town past the campus of CU and out into the flats of Colorado. From start to finish this is a fine trout fishery full of wild browns, rainbows, and even some colorful brookies up towards the town of Nederland. If you can really devote some time to fishing the creek there are even a few cutthroats to be found. Go for the Boulder Creek grand slam!

The creek is full of opportunistic fish that are eager to take a dry fly, so take advantage of the great caddis, blue wing olive and terrestrial fishing. The midges that call Boulder Creek home are active all year and are always a safe bet come the colder months of the year. This is a great chance to get out and test some of those midge patterns that you have been drooling over all winter. The caddis hatches on the creek makes for some of the best evening fishing Boulder has to offer. A simple dry fly with a dropper hanging off the back will light up fish all day long and into the night.

The creek fishes well from start to finish, hitting bigger browns outside of town, or even in town, more rainbows than you can stick in one day up in the canyon and brookies that will keep you grinning until dark near the upper stretches of the creek. The fish size averages around 8in, but there are plenty of larger fish to be had in the creek up to 18″+.