Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish 4/7 & 4/9

Weekly Report

Report DateApril 5, 2021
Clear Creek continues to improve with longer days and mild weather. At this point, most of Clear Creek Canyon is open and fishing well. Flows are on the rise, but remain on the lower end. The nymph rig and dry dropper have been the most effective as of late. If you come across a deep and slow run or pool go with a nymph rig and plenty of weight. Otherwise, we recommend the dry dropper as it is more versatile and you can cover a variety of water types. If you go this route, lead with a smaller attractor like Micro Chubby Chernobyl or Amy's Ant followed by one or more of the aforementioned nymph patterns and size your tippet according to the depth of the water. The next few days are looking good from a productivity perspective. Air pressure is set to hold at or near ideal levels, air temps will be mild and sporadic cloud cover will work in your favor.

Recommended Flies

River Flow

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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.