Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish 8/11, 8/12, 8/14 & 8/16

Weekly Report

Report DateAug. 11, 2022

While flows have been somewhat variable over the last couple of weeks, given consistent and sustained periods of rain, they are generally trending down. This is concerning as it relates to water temps. That being said, the water further upstream (west toward Idaho Springs) will be comparatively cooler and produce better results. Rain this coming weekend and early next week could lead to further bumps in flow and subsequent water clarity impairments. However, visibility should recover quickly. With this in mind, you’ll want to consider fishing earlier in the day if you’re looking to avoid the rain and lower clarity. Trout here are not terribly selective when it comes to your flies and are feeding opportunistically throughout the day. As far as tactics go, hopper droppers fished along the banks will be the most effective mode of fishing. An Amy’s Ant or Chubby Chernobyl to one or more smaller searcher/attractor nymphs or imitative midge, baetis or caddis will be a good place to start. Otherwise, nymphing the deep and slow water will be effective as well. Do your best to cover a lot of water and not get hung up in one place for long. Additionally, hatch activity has been strong and trout are especially keen to caddis at the moment. However, PMDs and drakes are making regular appearances as well so come prepared to fish some dry fly rigs.

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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.