Bear Creek flows increased slightly over the past two days due to precipitation in the area. Water clarity remains intact and we don’t expect to see flows increase much more over the coming week. With low flows and cool air/water temps, these trout have started to slow down and favor their winter lies. Unless you’re on the river on a warm afternoon, focus your efforts on soft runs, pools and pockets. Dry and dry dropper setups are the way to go now that terrestrial season has come to an end. With that said, a hopper dropper setup is still a good approach when fishing a particularly deep section and need to trail multiple nymphs and split shot. An Amy’s Ant or Hippy Stomper is ideal for this setup and may even encourage a few looks from opportunistic trout. Griffiths Gnats, Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis are our go-to dry fly patterns when targeting trout on the surface. Sub-surface, you can’t go wrong with a Psycho Prince Nymph, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, Frenchie, Rainbow Warrior, Pheasant Tail, red/black Zebra Midge or JuJu Baetis.
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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.