Clear Creek River Report

Clear Creek River Report


 Clear Creek has been a good option. Fish are starting to move into their normal pocket water, but will remain in deeper holes as well. Strikes will range from aggresive to very subtle, so a dry dropper has been our go to to detect strikes. Also, with localised snow melt, the creek is often off color. Construction at the mouth of the canyon continues as well, so be prepaired for delays. Hatches have been Midges, Caddis, BWO's and Winter Stones.


For dries, throw a Griffith's Gnat, Chubby Chernobyl, Ms. Tickle Cripple, Purple Haze, Mini Hippy Stomper, Hanging Midge, Emerger BWO, Superman Caddis and a AR's BWO.


For Nymphs/subsurface use a Jig TNT, Mini Flash Egg, Rock Worm, Jig Quill Body, Perdichingon, Juju Baetis, Glo Bug, AR's Perdigon, 2 Bit Hooker, Copper John, Rainbow Warrior, Jigged Micro Leech or a BTS Baetis.

Guide Rating


Weather Experienced

- Temperature: Upper 50's (lower canyon)

- Wind Conditions: Breezy

- Precipitation: None

Water Observations

- Water Temperature: Mid 40's

- Flow Level: 115 CFS

- Water Clarity: Stained

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.