Clear Creek

Weekly Overview:

November 26, 2020 

  • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

  • Clear Creek has been moderately productive in recent days. Flows are low and clarity is high so be prepared for some skittish trout. Walk with caution when moving about the water and along the banks. The mornings have been slow with cool weather, but the afternoons have been fairly consistent. The dry dropper continues to produce the best results and is a great way to pick apart the water. While you should make sure to hit the obvious runs and pools, don’t forget to cover the shallow pockets, riffles and seams, especially along the banks. These trout are eager and are generally not too selective when it comes to your flies. That said, you may need to cycle through a number of patterns before you hone it in. In general, small searcher/attractor patterns seem to produce the best results, but if you are not seeing any action transition to a small midge/baetis set up.

  • Ideal Days To Fish:  11/26 & 11/28

  • 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), Black Beauty (#18-22), RS2 (#18-22), San Juan Worm (#10-14).

    • Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#18-20), Amy's Ant (#10), Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12), Hippie Stomper (#12-14)

Detailed River Info:

Background:

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.

 

Angling:

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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