Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Difficulty Beginner
Ideal Days To Fish 4/9, 4/10 & 4/12

Weekly Report

Report DateApril 8, 2021
After a long winter, Bear Creek is back in action! Aside from a couple sections, Bear Creek is ice free between Evergreen and Morrison. Flows are healthy and productive right now but will continue to slowly rise as we get closer to run-off season. Flows currently sit just below 30 cfs, water temps are cool and water clarity is low. Focusing on soft pools, runs and pockets with flashy attractors, searchers and midge patterns will produce the best results. Nymph rigs and dry droppers are both productive options right now. In deeper and faster water, nymph rigs will allow you to fish with more weight and get your flies deeper. On slow and shallow runs, dry droppers are a good way to go. These trout have had a nice break from anglers and aren’t overly selective right now. If you’re able to get their attention and present a clean drift, you should put trout in the net. San Juan Worms, eggs, Psycho Prince Nymphs, Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns, Flashback Pheasant Tails, Zebra Midges and Brassies are productive patterns right 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.