Peak runoff is behind us and Bear Creek is looking better every day. Flows have come down roughly 75 cfs over the last two weeks, resulting in better water color and clarity. The water is still stained, but anglers now have 1 – 2 ft. of visibility. Trout are opportunistic and feeding above and below the surface. Nymph rigs are ideal when fishing deep pools and runs but for the most part, dry droppers are the way to go. Elk Hair Caddis, Hippie Stompers, PMXs, Amy’s Ants and small Chubby’s will encourage some eats and also support hold one or two nymphs. If you’re not seeing any action above or below the surface with a dry dropper, add a small piece of split shot above your first dropper to get your flies down faster. Tungsten bead nymphs will also help you get deeper drifts. Rainbow Warriors, Psycho Prince Nymphs, Frenchies, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears, purple Zebra Midges, Flashback Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms will perform well trailed behind a dry fly or on a nymph rig. Dead drifting and stripping Woolly Buggers and leeches are a great way to target some of the bigger and more aggressive trout.
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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.