Despite rain over the past two days, Bear Creek flows and water clarity haven’t been impacted. While that story shouldn’t change, there is still some rain in the forecast today, so keep an eye on flows. If flows increase, be prepared for stained water. Worms and other bright/flashy patterns will be hot commodities in this scenario. Assuming flows hold steady, trout are favoring deep pools and runs but will push into pockets and riffles during the afternoon. Early morning hours have been a little slow (6 am – 8 am) due to cooler overnight temperatures but activity should pick up between 8 and 9 am. Trout are responding to Griffiths Gnats, Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis prior to 12 pm and after 5 pm. Double and single dry fly setups are working but if multiple trout refuse your flies, consider switching to a single fly. During the middle of the day, hopper droppers are key. Amy’s Ants and Hippy Stompers are our go-to patterns right now but Chubbys and Morrish Hoppers will work as well. Trail a Psycho Prince, Frenchie, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, Flashback Pheasant Tail, Rainbow Warrior or red Copper John 12 – 16 inches behind your dry fly. If you’re fishing faster moving water, add a small split shot above your nymph. Switching to a tungsten bead pattern is also an option.
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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.