Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish 7/2 through 7/4

Weekly Report

Report DateJune 30, 2022

Fishing at Clear Creek has improved greatly over the last few weeks with sustained lower flows, increased water clarity and a variety of bugs in and on the water. While there is still some color to the water, especially in the lower sections, visibility is good and trout are feeding actively throughout the day. The mid to upper stretches of Clear Creek canyon remain a bit of a challenge as it is tough to find extended stretches of slower water, but it is improving by the day. The lower sections of the canyon as well as the sections through Golden and Idaho Springs have been highly productive, however. In general, we prefer to fish a dry dropper most of the year, but you’ll want to consider a nymph rig when it comes to the deeper water. When nymphing, leeches, worms and stoneflies are all great options when it comes to your lead flies. Otherwise, moderate sized searchers/attractors or smaller imitations in the midge, baetis and caddis variety will be productive as well. Surface action has improved and should continue to do so in the coming days and weeks. As such, a stimulator to one or more smaller dries or dropper nymphs fished along the banks and through the slack water should turn a few heads. Amy's Ants, Chubby Chernobyls, Hippie Stompers and Elk Hair Caddis are a few of our favorite lead fly options. Regardless of how you fish, focus on the areas where the current is slowest as this is where you will find the highest concentration of trout.

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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.