Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Difficulty Beginner
Ideal Days To Fish 12/1, 12/3 & 12/4

Weekly Report

Report DateNov. 24, 2022

Bear Creek flows are holding relatively steady between 12 and 18 cfs, which is appropriate for this time of year. Afternoon temps in the 40s and 50s have helped keep this creek alive, but we’re starting to see some ice buildup during the morning, particularly in sections that receive little sunlight. The 11 am – 4 pm window is producing the best results right now. Dry droppers with an Amy’s Ant or Hippy Stomper are our go-to setups. Trail one of those patterns with a flashy searcher/attractor and a midge larva/pupa. Trout aren’t terribly selective, so don’t overthink your selection. Red Zebra Midges, red Copper Johns, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears, Rainbow Warriors, Frenchies, Perdigons and Flashback Pheasant Tails are reliable nymphs. If you find yourself in a heavy midge hatch, break out your dry flies. A #20-22 Parachute Adams and Griffiths Gnat will attract trout looking up at the surface. If you have a hard time tracking small dry flies, fish a double dry fly setup with an Elk Hair Caddis or Hi-Vis BWO. Soft pools and runs are where most of the action is, so you can leave riffles and pockets alone for now.

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Detailed River Info

Background:

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.

Angling:

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.