Bear Creek flows spiked and hit a high of 106 cfs earlier this week, but have gradually dropped since then, leading to improved water clarity and productive fishing. Big and flashy bugs are still getting attention along with more imitative patterns. Single dry fly setups with Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis have been a blast during low light hours. During the middle of the day, hopper droppers effectively attract feeding above and below the surface. Chubbys, Amy’s Ants, Hippie Stompers and PMXs are all effective when trailed with a searcher pattern or flashy attractor. Think Pheasant Tails, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears, Prince Nymphs, Perdigons, Rainbow Warriors and red Copper Johns. If you’re not seeing any action, either switch to a tungsten bead nymph or add a small slit shot above your dropper.
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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.
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.