Clear Creek

Latest Guide Report


Report by: Madalaine McLaughlin

Here is the river report from our day fishing:

Location: Clear Creek at Mayhem Gulch

Flies used: #16 Tan or Olive Chubby Chernobyl with #16 Beadhead Flashback Hare’s Ear, or #16 Squirmy Wormy, or #16 Beadhead Pat’s Rubber Leg, or #18 Frenchie. 

Fishing Conditions: Mostly cloudy skies with some wind gusts and high temp of 55 degrees. Water was stained, 250 CFS. Water temp 44 degrees.

General Comments: It was a challenging day on Clear Creek. Cooler temperatures, higher flows and stained water made the fish less active. Used a Chubby Chernobyl as an indicator fly with a Hare’s Ear, Squirmy Wormy, Pat’s Rubber Leg, or Frenchie as a dropper fly. A few bites on Hare’s Ears earlier in the day, but the action turned off as the clouds increased and the forecasted rain was imminent. The bites we had were very subtle and the fish shook the fly loose before becoming securely hooked.

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.