Clear Creek
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Clear Creek

Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Ideal Days To Fish 6/25 through 6/27

Weekly Report

Report DateJune 22, 2021

Flows at Clear Creek continue to trend down and water clarity is improving by the day. The water is moving fast through most stretches, but you'll find some slower runs and pools throughout the canyon and in Idaho Springs. Nymphing and dry droppers continue to produce the best results. However, you might try your luck at smaller streamers. When nymphing or fishing dry droppers, hit the banks, pockets and slower seams. Trout here are not terribly selective when it comes to your flies, but it might take some experimentation when it comes to your dry fly. Chubby Chernobyls, Hippie Stompers, Elk Hair Caddis and Yellow Sallies are all great options. As far as nymphs go, keep it simple and fish smaller searcher/attractor patterns like Frenchies, Copper Johns, Hare's Ears or Flashback PTs. Smaller midge, baetis, stonefly and caddis nymphs will produce as well.

Recommended Flies

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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.