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Clear Creek

Latest Guide Report

10-14-2019

Report by: Randy Hanner

Fished clear creek today from tunnel 1-6. Water temperatures have been dropping with the cold nights and take some time to warm up. Water is gin clear and some fish can be spotted in deep eddies. Fishing during the morning hours has been tough, any time before 2pm, but a sneaky approach and good drift can get fish to the net. As the water warmed up throughout the day the fish became more active and were feeding on poison blue tungs and small olive dry flies.

Guide Rating
3/5
Weather Experienced

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

Clear
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.

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.