Clear Creek

Latest Guide Report


Report by: Randy Hanner

Fished a hand full of spots on Clear Creek between tunnel 1 and tunnel 3. It was a bright sunny day making for off-colored water due to snowmelt. Water visibility was about 1 foot of depth but despite the murky water, there were plenty of hatching insects. The temperature of the water was 47 degrees when we started fishing at 10 am and warmed up to 54 degrees by 1 pm. We were able to hook into fish on Blue Wing Olive nymphs and San Juan worms. A light indicator rig with a worm to a pheasant tail or a hopper-dropper rig is a great way to find fish.

FRA Guide Christian Krauss

Guide Rating
Weather Experienced

Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Clear

Clear Creek Water Flow Graphs

About Clear Creek Fly Fishing

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.

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.