Clear Creek

Weekly Overview:

July 13, 2020

  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

  • Fishing on Clear Creek continues to improve with declining flows. That said, the water is still relatively high making for difficult conditions. Trout are being pushed to the banks and are feeding throughout the day. Clarity has improved, but you'll still want to throw a little flash their way. When nymphing, lead with an attractor pattern like a Rainbow Warrior, red Copper John or Frenchie followed by one or more smaller immitative midge, baetis or caddis larva/pupa patterns. The hopper dropper is a good option as well just make sure you have enough tippet between your stimulator dry fly and your droppers so as to reach the river bed.  We will continue to monitor flows and productivity, but we should be adding back our daily forecasts here in the next week or so.

  • Ideal Days To Fish:  Friday through Sunday

  • Suggested Flies: 

    • Sub-surface: Prince Nymph (#16-20), Pheasant Tail (#16-20), Copper John (#16-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Zebra Midge (black/red #18-22), San Juan Worm (#10-14).

    • Surface: Elk Hair Caddis (#18-20), Parachute Adams (#20 - #22)

Detailed River Info:


Clear Creek is a small freestone tributary to the South Platte river and spans 66 miles across north central Colorado. The stream, which is oddly named "creek", originates at the continental divide near Loveland pass and flows east through Georgetown, Idaho Springs, and the Clear Creek Canyon before joining the South Platte River in Denver County. The stream is often associated with the Colorado gold rush in 1859 as it was heavily mined in a number of locations. Additionally, it has been the primary water source for the Coors Brewery, in Golden Colorado, since 1873.



Clear Creek is heavily fished and holds an abundance of insect life and small to mid-sized Brown and Rainbow Trout. It is one of the more accessible fly fishing destinations near Denver, Colorado and is great for anglers of all skill sets. So if you're committed to afternoon tea and need a quick fly fishing fix, Clear Creek is the spot to be. Clear Creek trout are not picky when it comes to their diet, however, they spook easily and can spot a fake from a mile away. So choose your steps wisely and keep your shadow off of the water. 

River Access:

Clear creek has a number of easy access points through Clear Creek Canyon and along I-70 near Idaho Springs. If you're coming from Denver, Clear Creek Canyon is your quickest option. Take I-70 to Highway 58 or I-70 to 6 ave West to Highway 58 and head up the Canyon. There are roughly 3 miles of public access here. 

Along I-70 the first access point is where the highway meets Highway 6. Exit 244 and park beneath the bridge on the left hand side. Drive further and you will see access points in Idaho Springs and as far west as Bakersville near Loveland Ski Area. 

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