Bear Creek

Bear Creek

Difficulty Beginner
Ideal Days To Fish N/A

Weekly Report

Report DateFeb. 11, 2021
At this point in the year, Bear Creek is largely frozen over and unfishable. You can still find a few open sections but productivity will be low. If you’re dead set on fishing Bear Creek, target sections that receive ample sunlight and focus on slow and deep pools. Deep dry droppers and light nymph rigs are the best approach right now as most of the feeding is sub-surface. Small midge and searcher patterns drifted through the deepest water column will produce the best results. Red/black Zebra Midges, Blood Midges, Black Beauties, Mercury Midges, Psycho Prince Nymphs, Rainbow Warriors and Frenchies are all good patterns to have on hand. If you’re looking for a more productive option, we recommend Waterton Canyon, the Deckers stretch of the South Platte or the Blue River through Silverthorne.

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Detailed River Info


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. 

River Access

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.