Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish 6/18, 6/19 & 6/21

Weekly Report

Report DateJune 17, 2021

In the last few days, flows at Clear Creek have leveled off and are now trending down slowly. Water clarity has improved, but visibility is low across most of the water. As such, it is in your best interest to fish elsewhere. This isn't to say that you won't get into some fish, but rather it will be a challenge and there are plenty of other productive options across the front range. For the time being, we have temporarily removed our daily forecasts until flows stabilize at lower levels and fishing tactics change day to day. The further west you go, particularly in Idaho Springs, the better water clarity will be. If you're dead set on Clear Creek, hit the water closest to the bank with a nymph rig or dry dropper. Bigger bugs with a little flash will produce the best results. Don't spend much time in one place either. Pick apart the pockets and banks making sure to cover a lot of water. Trout will be looking up and will feed on both surface and subsurface flies.

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.