Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish NA

Weekly Report

Report DateDec. 23, 2021

While you’ll find the occasional productive run, much of Clear Creek is covered in ice and it is probably in your best interest to fish elsewhere. As such, we will be discontinuing our daily forecasts until the ice thaws and the fundamentals justify dynamic reporting. If you're dead set on fishing here, let the water sit in the morning so as to give it time to warm up. Trout will feed, but they are sluggish and selective so you’ll need to be persistent and cycle through a number of flies until you’ve found success. Small and simple midges as well as searchers/attractors will produce the best results. Focus on the deep and slow water with a dry dropper or light nymph rig and be patient.

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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.