Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish 11/25 through 11/27 & 12/1

Weekly Report

Report DateNov. 24, 2022

With the exception of a decent bump earlier in the week, flows at Clear Creek have largely held steady for the last few days. Additionally, ice continues to accumulate along the banks given sub-freezing overnight and daytime temps. As such, be cautious out there and seek out areas with extended sun exposure for the best results. Trout have grown increasingly sluggish, particularly during the early hours of the day, so there’s really no hurry to the water as productivity will be best during peak heat hours. Trout are largely confined to the deep and slow water and along the banks most of the day, but will move in and out of the slower transitions and riffles to feed during warmer days and when afternoon highs climb into the 40’s and 50’s. While fishing here is generally forgiving, you’ll need to be intentional with your approach in order to see results. As far as tactics go, really pick apart the water with a dry dropper or nymph rig. If you are fishing dry droppers make sure your dropper flies are deep enough when fishing the soft water. Otherwise, nymphing the deep and slow water will be effective as well. Surface action has been slow as of late with fairly inconsistent hatches. That said, expect to see some midges hatching sporadically in the days to come.

Recommended Flies

River Flow

Flow Region

Detailed River Info

Background

Clear Creek is a small freestone tributary to the South Platte river and spans 66 miles across north central Colorado. The stream, which is oddly named "creek", originates at the continental divide near Loveland pass and flows east through Georgetown, Idaho Springs, and the Clear Creek Canyon before joining the South Platte River in Denver County. The stream is often associated with the Colorado gold rush in 1859 as it was heavily mined in a number of locations. Additionally, it has been the primary water source for the Coors Brewery, in Golden Colorado, since 1873.

Angling

Clear Creek is heavily fished and holds an abundance of insect life and small to mid-sized Brown and Rainbow Trout. It is one of the more accessible fly fishing destinations near Denver, Colorado and is great for anglers of all skill sets. So if you're committed to afternoon tea and need a quick fly fishing fix, Clear Creek is the spot to be. Clear Creek trout are not picky when it comes to their diet, however, they spook easily and can spot a fake from a mile away. So choose your steps wisely and keep your shadow off of the water. 

River Access

Clear creek has a number of easy access points through Clear Creek Canyon and along I-70 near Idaho Springs. If you're coming from Denver, Clear Creek Canyon is your quickest option. Take I-70 to Highway 58 or I-70 to 6 ave West to Highway 58 and head up the Canyon. There are roughly 3 miles of public access here. 

​Along I-70 the first access point is where the highway meets Highway 6. Exit 244 and park beneath the bridge on the left hand side. Drive further and you will see access points in Idaho Springs and as far west as Bakersville near Loveland Ski Area.