Despite warm weather, Bear Creek is yet to see increased flows from runoff. We’re seeing minor intraday swings during the afternoon as snow melts but other than that, there hasn’t been any material movement. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s this weekend may change things, so keep an eye on flows if you plan to hit Bear Creek over the next few days. Water clarity is intact and trout are actively feeding on and below the surface. A Parachute Adams will get trout to eat during a midge and BWO hatch. Elk Hair Caddis and small terrestrials (Hippy Stomper, Amys Ant etc.) will fool opportunistic trout looking up at the surface. Those larger dry fly patterns are also great for a dry dropper, which is our preferred setup at the moment. Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Frenchies, Perdigons, Zebra Midges and RS2s are all effective trailers. Getting your flies down quickly is key, so if you aren’t fishing a Tungsten Bead nymph, consider applying a small split shot above your first nymph. Tight line nymphing and lighter weight nymph rigs are productive in deeper pools and runs. Trout are well spread out, so cover everything from pools and runs to riffles and pockets.
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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.