Bear Creek

Weekly Overview:

August 13, 2020

  • Difficulty: Beginner

  • Bear Creek flows are incredibly low right now and due to hot summer weather, we don’t recommend fishing Bear Creek at the moment. Trout will be inactive and in conservation mode for the better part of the day. Our recommendation is to fish Clear Creek if you’re looking to stay close to Denver or if Bear Creek is your only option, fish between 6 am and 10 am. As far as tactics go, dry and dry dropper setups are all you’ll need. There aren’t many deep sections right now, so a dry dropper will easy cover all depths of the river. For a dry dropper, lead with an Amy’s Ant, Royal Wulff or Elk Hair Caddis. Trail a black Zebra Midge, Mercury Pheasant Tail or Guides Choice Hares Ear. When trout are feeding on the surface, tie on a single Parachute Adams, Griffiths Gnats or Elk Hair Caddis.

    • Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Suggested Flies: 

    • Subsurface - Sparkle Wing RS2 (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Prince Nymph (#18-20), Psycho Prince (#18-20), Pheasant Tail (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#20), Zebra Midge (black/red), Mercury Midge (#20-22), San Juan Worm.

    • Surface - Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Parachute Adams (#22-24), Parachute PMD (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#10).

      • Need flies for your trip? FlyCast has collaborated with our friends at Anglers All ​to package a dozen flies that are hot on Bear Creek right now - Click here for hand selected flies

Detailed River Info:


Bear Creek is a small creek that starts in the Mount Evans Wilderness area and eventually feeds into the South Platte in Englewood. Bear Creek flows through the town of Evergreen, Kittredge and Morrison before it dumps into Bear Creek Lake. Only 30 minutes from Denver, Bear Creek is a solid option for anglers looking for a quick trip to scratch the fly fishing itch. While there are many access points, Lair O’ the Bear Park  is one of the most popular access points. With that said, there are numerous parks between Lair O’ the Bear and Evergreen that provide easy access and great fishing. Anglers can expect to catch Brown and Rainbow Trout in the 6” – 12” range. If you’re looking for Brook Trout, the Mount Evans Wilderness area will be your best bet. Bear Creek is a freestone creek and therefore is best fished during the summer and fall.



If you’re looking for a true mountain creek fishing experience, Bear Creek is a great option for anglers of all experience levels. 3 weight – 5 weight rods will be all that you need and our go-to rig is leading with an Amy’s Ant followed by a size #18 - #22 Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail or SJ Worm. These trout are eager but can be easy to miss so be ready to set the hook with each cast. Fish the obvious pools and runs but don’t rule out the pocket water. Some of our most productive days come from quickly moving upstream and making 1 – 2 casts to small pockets. 

River Access:

Bear Creek runs alongside Highway 74 providing for easy access throughout. From Denver, Take Highway 6 or I-70 to C-470. Take the Morrison Exit near Bandimere Speedway. Take Highway 74 west towards Evergreen and stay on this road for roughly 6 miles until you see Lair O’ the Bear Park on your left. Once you park, it’s a short walk to the creek.

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