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Fly Fishing On Clear Creek In
At one time Clear Creek was adversely affected by
mining but for the last few years the stream has
remained in good shape and it is rapidly becoming a
favorite of many anglers. Fly fishing Clear Creek
can be very enjoyable. It has a good population of
brown and rainbow trout and in its higher
elevations, cutthroat trout.
Clear Creek begins high in the rockies near the
Continental Divide and Loveland Pass. It flows near
Interstate Highway #70 through old mining towns of
Silver Plume, Georgetown and Idaho Springs. From
the mountains it flows through the town of Golden
near Coors Brewery.
Upstream of Georgetown the Clear Creek is a small
stream that flows through BLM land and the
Aropaho/Rosevelt National Forest. The trout run on
the small side and consist of both rainbows and
cutthroats. It can be accessed on the National
Forest Land and off state highway #40 between
Empire and Berthoud Pass.
It picks up water from South Clear Creek before
flowing into Georgetown Lake. The tailwater section
below the lake flows through Clear Creek Canyon
for about twenty miles. Fly fishing Clear Creek
Canyon is usually very rewarding.
Access to the creek is good and easy in most
places although it flows through both private and
public property. When it is near I-70, it can be
accessed from old highway #6 called the frontage
road. From Idaho Springs it flows along state
highway #6. The intersection at I-70 at Clear Creek
Canyon provides access.
Cleaning up the stream has also resulted in several
aquatic insects becoming prolific. There are plenty
of Blue-winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns and
even some Green Drakes. There are plenty of
Spotted Sedges, Little Black Caddis and October
Caddis. Little Yellow and Little Brown stoneflies are
plentiful. Terrestrial insects are plentiful during the
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Except for the Spring runoff, fly fishing
Clear Creek is mostly good year-round.
March, April and the first of May before the
Spring runoff is a good time to fish Clear
Summer is probably the best time to fish
Clear Creek Hatches and Trout
Our information on aquatic insects is
based on our stream samples of larvae
and nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Blue River and in all stages of life that are
applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a
much higher degree of success, give us a
call. We not only will help you with
selections, you will learn why, after trying
Perfect Flies, 92% of the thousands of our
customers will use nothing else.
Midges are present in Clear Creek and
hatch throughout the year. Imitations of
their larvae, pupae and of the adult work
great and are very important when nothing
else is hatching.
The first mayfly hatches are the
Blue-winged Olives. They start hatching in
April and continue through the month of
May. These are bi-brooded insects that
hatch again in September and October.
Another short and usually not intense
hatch is the Green Drake. These mayflies
start hatching around the first of July and
last on as late as the end of August. Red
Quills also hatch during the same time
period. They can be more important than
the Green Drakes.
Golden Stoneflies hatch starting about the
middle of June and last through August,
depending on the area of the river you are
fishing. Yellow Sallies, or Little Yellow
Stonefies, start hatching in late May and
can last well into August.
Little Black Caddis from the
Branchycentrus genus called Grannom
caddisflies start hatching about the first of
May. It usually last about a month. This
hatch starts in the lower elevations and
During June, July, August and September,
you will find different species of Spotted
Sedges, or net spinning caddisflies. There
are also a few of their Little Sister Caddis.
The Little Sisters hatch during the month
Theres also species of Green Caddisflies,
or Green Sedges, as they are often called.
The larvae of these caddisflies are called
Green Rock Worms. Imitations of them are
very effective from about June through
August. There are few other species of
caddisflies present in the river, but none of
them hatch in large quantities.
Terrestrial insects become important
during the months of June, July, August
and September. Imitations of grasshopper,
ants and beetles are all effective during
these months during this time.
Theres a lots of Sculpin in the river and a
few different species of minnows and
baitfish. The streamers are very effective
when the brown trout start to spawn in the
fall. They also work anytime the river is a
little off color from rain as well as early in
the morning and late in the afternoons.
Fall is a good time and especially for the
Warm, nice winter days are usually good
provided you can access the stream.
Fly Fishing Guide to Clear Creek:
Clear Creek is one of the better trout streams in
Colorado with lots of brown trout. Beginning up
above Georgetown, it flows through Idaho springs
and then through clear creek canyon west of
Golden Colorado before it finally enters town and
flows into Ralston Creek and the South Platte River.
Clear Creek is a typical small freestone creek and
has a large population of trout that will take
streamers, nymphs and sometimes dry flies. The
river is very close to I-70 and gets a lot of pressure
at the prime fishing times of the season.
Clear Creek is actually more of a river than a
creek. It is easily accessible and runs for
many miles. Residents drive by it by the
thousands each day. Much of the time your
fishing it you will be listening to the traffic. The
stream flows along I-70, through the old
Colorado mining towns of Georgetown, Silver
Plume, and Idaho Springs. I-70 leaves it just
east of Idaho Springs. From there it follows
highway #6. It leaves the mountains and flows
through the valley between the North and
South Table Mountains. Coors Beer Company
gets their water from Clear Creek.
Talk to ten different anglers and you will
get ten different opinions as to where the
best water is to fish. What is far more
important, is matching the natural aquatic
insects and other trout foods in the
stream. Trout will focus on eating the most
plentiful and most available food at the
time. This doesn't just mean matching the
hatch. It is far more important to match
what is about to hatch. The trout can see
the nymphs and larvae better than the
adult flies on the surface of the water.
We have Perfect Fly
website pages on each
of these other fine trout
streams. They include
descriptions of the
location, species of
fish, a fly fishing guide,
a fly fishing report,
flies, fly fishing gear
and equipment, USGS
stream data, local
weather and much,
Headlines: The middle and upper
sections of the creek has bank and
slush ice in the water. The lower
section is clear and trout can be
caught. Midges, creams and reds,
with the larva and pupa fished in
tandem is working. Winter stoneflies
are hatching. Check the Clear
Creek fishing report linked above to
get the latest strategies and fly
Map of Clear Creek
10/16/15 Great conditions continue. There is some rain coming and stream levels will change,
so be sure to keep a check on them. Two good reports of good catches came in last week.
October Caddis are the main thing to imitate at this time. Little Yellow stoneflies, Spotted and
Green Sedge Caddis, Blue-winged olives, Dark Red Quills and a few more insects are hatching.
10/30/15 The October Caddis remains to the be center of attention for the trout. They arae
taking the egg laying females from the surface in the afternnons. Fish the pupa imitation during
the hatch. Blue-winged Olives in two sizes have begin to hatch again, especially on cloudy,
overcast days. Be sure to what the stream levels, there is more rain the first of next week.
10/30/15 Conditions are great right now. They couldn't be any better for this time of the year,
yet few anglers are fishing. Blue-winged olives are hatching good and October Caddis
continuing to hatch in some sections of the creek. Brown trout are getting ready to spawn and
aggressively taking streamers like our Brown Sculpin fly.
11/06/15 Clear Creek is getting colder and it's about time. Stream levels are fine and should
remain that way for the next week. Hatches are reduced to Blue-winged olives and midges. Little
change will occur in this respect for the next few weeks. Don't forget about the Brown Sculpin
streamer. it is working great on the spawning and post-spawn brown trout.
11/13/15 Stream conditions are very good right now and there isn't any reason they should
change. Melting snow can dingy the water and change the level to some degree but odds are
not much in favor of any big change. Hatches are but do exist, mostly Blue-winged olives and
Midges. Fish the midges in tandem with the larva on the bottom and pupa up the tippet a few
11/20/15 Clear Creek is in good shape. There has been plenty of snow lately, and it has had
little effect on the water except to make it a little colder and off color at times. It is clear now as
the name implies. The water is forty degrees at best by should stay in the low forties the next
week. Midges and little BWO are the insects to imitate.
12/04/15 The creek is in very good shape in all sections. We recommend fishing the lower
sections which are a little warmer. We will be adding some winter stoneflies later on but for right
now, Midges are the only insects you need to be concerned imitating. We usually recommend
fishing the larva imitations and pupa imitation in tandem with the pupa fly about a foot above the
12/11/15 The creek is getting cold in the upper sections. We would not recommend fishing the
upper part. You will find the middle section marginal but you can catch trout there. The
temperature of the water in the middle section is about 40 degrees. The lowest sections ot Clear
Creek is your best choice at this time. Notice we have added Winter Stoneflies to the list.
12/17/15 The water is cold, averaging in the mid forties,. Fish the slow moving to still water
pockets, deep holes in the stream and pools out of the current. Trout won't hold in fast water at
that temperature or they will expenk more energy that they can replace with food. Midges are
the main thing you should be using.
12/25/15 Conditions on Clear Creek aren't bad, at least nothing to compare with many other
streams in the state. There is a winter storm warning through tomorrow, as I'm sure most of you
are aware of. It will be clear and cold for the following few days. Fish the lowest end of the creek
that hold trout using midges and Winter stonefly nymphs. You should be able to catch trout in
the slack water. Avoid the fast current. Check out the above linked
01/01/16 New year is starting out good on Clear Creek. The stream levels are in good shape
and the water clear but not so cold. The weather is warming up some from what it was this past
week. You should be able to catch some trout provided you will use midge larva and pupa
imitations and/or little Winter stonefly nymphs.
01/08/16 Snow is still falling but ending tomorrow. The skies will be clear and it will be cold. It will
get a little warmer by the first of next week but the water temperature is still likely to be no higher
than 37, even at the lowest elevation of the creek. I'm not saying you can't catch trout but I am
saying it will be tough. It does beat sitting on the couch getting fat.
01/15/16 The weather is actually a little warmer than last week but there is snow in the forecast
every day for the next week. Conditions are actually pretty good for this time of the year. Fish
the lower sections of the creek for the warmest water. Midges and winter stonefly nymphs are
the choice flies. The White Bellyi sculpin streamer works good with the cloud cover.
01/22/16 The creek is in about as good of a condition as it could be in for the middle of January.
It isnt't frozen over but there is some ice along the banks. Fish the lowert section of the creek for
the warmest water. Midges and little Winter Stoneflies are the only things that may hatch. The
water is about 37 degrees in the warmest sections.
01/29/16 The weather was a little warmer this last week but it only raised the water temperature
about one degree because of melting snow. There is snow in the forecast this week every day.
Fish the lowest end of the creek for the warmest water but it is only 35 to 37 degrees. That
makes it tough to catch trout.
02/07/16 Clear creek is going to have clear weather for a change. There is no snow or rain in
the forecast for the next few days, just cold weather. As mentioned last week, the water is 37
degrees at the highest but that is warm enough to catch trout if you fish the slow water in holes
in the bottom of runs and pools out of the direct current.
02/12/16 The creek is in good shape level wise but the middle and upper sections will still be too
cold to fish. The warm weather will be melting a lot of snow but that will keep the level up and
stain the water. Fish the lowest section using midge larva and pupa and winter stonefly nymphs.
The holes in the bottom of the runs and pools that are out of the main current is usually where
the trout hole.
02/19/16 Clear Creek is still in good shape level wise. Some of the water is stained from melting
snow. The unseasonably warm weather is forecast to continue for this next week. We still think
the lowest section is the best option at this time. You may need to stick with streamers but
midges and winter stoneflies will continue to hatch.
02/26/16The creek is gradually getting a little warmer, but still cold. The water is about 37 to 38
degrees in most areas. The weather looks good for the coming week with only a chance of snow
for a couple of days. Winter stonefly nymphs and cream and red midges, are the insects you
need to be imitating.
03/04/16 The stream flows are in good shape even though the warmer weather has melted a lot
of snow in the watershed and created problems at times. We didn't get any reports from anyone
fishing this past week. The water temperature is still low, and midges, winter stoneflies and
Sculpin are still foods you should be imitating.
03/11/16 The weather is so nice, it is worth getting out on the water just to enjoy the nice warm
weather. You probably can catch some trout fishing the lower section of the creek. The water is
still only about 40 degrees but that's warm enough to catch them on BWO nymphs and midges.
Where the water is stained from melting snow, try the White Belly Sculpin streamer fly.
03/18/16 The creek is in pretty good shape from top to bottom. Some sections have stained
water due to melting snow but is it usually in the upper column of water. Fish the holes in the
bottom where we think the water is clear and the trout are holding. The melting snow is keeping
the water cold, so Midges and little BWO nymphs are still the best fly options.
03/25/16 The creek is clear and cold, with midges hatching good and on cloudy day, a possible
little Blue-winged olive hatch about a size 20. It will be this way until the March Browns and little
Black Caddis begin to hatch in mid April. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem, and the adult midge
only when you see them on the surface.
04/01/16 You have good wading conditions throughout Clear Creek. The water is just below
normal and midges and little Blue-winged olives are hatching good. There are some sections
where you can sight cast to trout. The water is gradually getting a little warmer and it won't be
long before March Browns and Little Black Caddis are hatching.
04/08/15 The creek is flowing just a little above normal levels but clear in most sections. The
forecast is showing rain or snow for the next week, so that is likely to continue. March Browns
have begin to hatch in the lower elevations. Midges and little BWO's will continue to hatch.
Streamers, like our Brown Sculpin, will be a good choice this coming week.
04/15/16 Just when things got to the point the catching would be fast and easy, the normal April
big time snow appeared on the weather map. It is going to snow or rain for the next five days
and the creek is already high and stained. There isn't going to be much opportunity for the next
week. You would do better selecting a tailwater.
04/22/16 The creek is going to c continue to be on the cold side of good, but the water should
start warming up soon, and maybe hatches of Little Black Caddis and March Browns will start in
the lower elevations. Melting snow is helping keep the water cold. The weather is going to warm
up just a little but more light snow is expected.
04/29/16 The forecast continues to show cold weather and snow for the next few days. Our
customers didn't report much this past week and there is a good reason. The creek remained
high and stained all with no wading opportunity. It doesn't look much better for this coming week.
05/06/16 The creek is flowing high and badly stained. There is little to no opportunity for fly
fishing and it is likely to be that way all of the next week. There is rain or snow forecast every
day for the next week. You can fish from the bank in a few places. Streamers may get you some
trout but we think there are better destinations at this time..
05/13/16 There isn't much opportunity other than fishing along the banks with streamers. It is
likely to be high and off color for the next week. There is a chance of rain or snow every day for
the coming week. You will just have to watch the stream levels.
05/20/16 Clear Creek isn't so clear right now. It is in the full runoff mode and high and dirty. You
can fish from the bank with streamers but you will have to have a lot of luck to hook many trout.
It is going to be high for at least a few more days. We will be reporting again next week.
05/27/16 Runoff continues on the stream. It is high and muddy and not worth fishing. Warm
weather speeds up a runoff and cold weather slows it down. It will be a few more days before it
returns to normal levels and clears up. Yu will just have to keep checking back with our reports.
06/03/16 Clear Creek isn't clear. It is muddy and ranging, carrying everything anywhere near the
banks along with it. It is blown out and will not be worth fishing for the coming week for certain.
Let's just hope the runoff ends as early as it started. Send us an email and let us help you plan
that next fly fishing trip.
06/10/16 Runoff has the stream in a raging mess. There won't be any fly fishing opportunity on
Clear Creek this coming week and most likely, for the next few days. When it does clear and
drop, it will provide some of the best fly fishing on the Front Range. Keep in touch with us and
we will keep you updated as to the status of the runoff.
06/17/16 The stream levels have dropped a lot but it is still very high and dingy. You could fish it
from the bank but it would be less than productive. Safe wading is out until it drops a lot more.
There are a lot of Salmonflies and some Golden stoneflies hatching. This always happens
before the runoff is over and isn't all that productive for anglers to catch trout from it.
06/24/16 The stream levels are about the same as last week which is still high. The runoff isn't
finished doing its thing but getting near it. The water is much clearer than last week. There are
Golden stoneflies hatching in the lower river but you will have to cast at them from the banks.
The stream is still too high to safely wade.
07/01/16 The stream is still high and shouldn't be waded. You can fish some areas from the
bank and catch trout. There are a lot of insects hatching, depending on the elevation and
section. There is a flood warning today, so the creek is likely to get even higher. Hopefully, it will
fall back out soon. When it does, it will be a very good destination.
07/08/15 The stream level is down a lot but still too high in most sections to wade safely. There
are some places you can wade. The creek is narrow enough many places you shouldn't have to
wade it. The hatches vary, depending on the elevations. There is some more rain coming this
next week, and the levels are likely to remain on the high side.
07/15/16 The creek is in the best shape that it has been all year. The stream levels are down
and wading easy just about anywhere. There are still many aquatic insects hatching, including
lots of Little Yellow stoneflies and a few Goldens. Caddis hatches are taking place from three
different species. There are lots of Pale Morning duns hatching and our customers are having a
07/22/16 Excellent conditions exist in all parts of Clear Creek. Anglers are catching good
numbers of trout and many on the surface on dry flies. There are still a lot of insects hatching.
Pale Morning duns, little yellow stoneflies, Spotted Sedges, green sedges and a few Golden
stoneflies are hatching. Fish as late in the day as you can for the best results. Late afternoon
egg laying caddis and stoneflies ate bringing a lot of trout to the net.
07/29/16 The creek is running a little low right now. You should stay as low and hidden as
possible. We don't think low water will be a problem very long as there are good chances of rain
the next few days. Fish as early and as late as you can. The best opportunity comes the last two
or three hours of the day.
08/04/16 The creek is in good shape in all sections. There are some insects hatching in all
sections but they vary some depending on the section or elevation. There are lots of little Yellow
stoneflies, still some Pale Morning duns and a few caddis. Terrestrials are working but I don't
recommend using them if anything is hatching.
08/12/16 The big changes in elevations of the creek gives anglers a wide variety of choices.
The uppermost sections are cooler and in general have more hatches. You can catch trout from
the top to the bottom though. There are still plenty of little Yellow stoneflies in the higher
elevations. The middle and lower elevations have more spotted Sedge Caddis than anything.
Conditions are good everywhere.
08/19/16 The creek continues ot be in very good shape with anglers catching trout in the
headwaters downstream to the lowest section of the river that holds trout. There are still a lot of
hatches taking place but keep in mind that they vary greatly from the headwaters to the lower
sections of the river. Stream levels are good and the weather forecast looks good for the next
08/26/16 The creek is in good shape from the headwaters to the lowest section. There are
hatches occurring in all the section but they vary some, depending on the elevation. Terrestrials
are working good as well. Hopper dropper rigs are popular and work more or less as a strike
indicator. Stream levels are in good shape and wading possible in most sections.
09/02/16 The weather continues to be cool. The best section producing the most trout are still in
the upper elevations. There are more hatches taking place there. You can still catch plenty in
the lower elevations but hatches are mostly Tricos and caddisflies. The stream levels are at a
normal level for the first of September. Early morning streamer fishing using our Scupin patterns
is working good.
09/09/16 The creek is in great shape. Its a little low but easy to wade and fish although you have
to make extra effort to stay hidden. Terrestrial insects such as beetles, ants and grass hoppers
are working as well as imitations of several aquatic insects. Caddisflies are in all sections. Blue-
winged olives are starting to hatch good. Now is an excellent time to fish the creek.
09/16/16 Our customers are sending in some good reports from this lower section of the creek
for a change. The cooler weather has the fish cooperating in all sections. Mahogany duns have
begin to hatch along with the two species of caddis. There are still some little Yellow stoneflies.
Tricos are also on the lower end of the stream. Terrestrials are still working as well.
09/23/16 the cool weather is really a plus. Right now it is raining and will probably continue to
rain through Saturday. The levels may rise some but it can be helpful up to a point. The cloud
cover will be a big plus. You should be able to catch trout all day in all sections of the stream.
The larger Blue-winged olives have started to hatch, or the baetis species.
09/30/16 The stream levels are a little low but making it easy to wade in all sections. There are
plenty BWO hatches taking place along with a few Mahogany duns and October caddis. You
should be able to catch trout in any section of the river. We think the middle section probably
offers the best opportunity at this time.
10/07/16 The creek is in good shape from the uppermost section to the lowest section. There
are still some good hatches occurring and a good many trout being caught by our customers.
There is a good weather forecast this coming week that will provide some cloud cover and rain
and that will also help. The Mahogany duns, Blue-winged olive and October caddis hatches
have been good.
10/14/16 The stream levels are a little low but that makes it easy to wade about anywhere.
There are some very good Blue-winged Olive hatches taking place along with a few Mahogany
duns and October Caddis. The low, clear water makes it easy to spook the trout. Dress to match
the background and use longer, lighter leaders and tippet. Stay as low as possible. Brown trout
are in the pre-spawn stage.
10/21/16 The stream levels are still a little low but that makes it easy to wade and get around in
the stream. Just make sure you don't spook the trout in the lower, clear water. Western Ginger
Quills and Blue-winged olives are hatching good. Our customers are catching trout in the lower
and middle sections but the upper sections should also produce well.
11/04/16 The creek is often overlooked for larger trout streams at this time of the season, but
that can be a big mistake. Few anglers fish the middle and lower sections just because it looks
to easy and too close to Denver to be any good. Blue-winged olives are hatching. Midges are
starting to hatch. The stream levels are in goo shape. What more could you ask for?
11/11/16 Another week of excellent fly fishing opportunity has passed with few anglers taking
advantage of it. There are still hatching insects and trout being taken from the surface. Western
Ginger Quills, and Blue-winged olives are hatching. Cream midges are everywhere. The water
levels is low,and it is easy to spook trout. Stay low and hidden from the trout. Use longer, lighter
leaders and tippet.
11/18/16 The stream levels are in good shape, flowing just a little below normal. The water
temperature is coming down due to the colder nights. Midges and Blue-winged olives will
represent the majority of the hatches. The Brown and White Belly sculpin streamers are still
catching some large trout. You may want to have a little extra coffee in the mornings and give
the water a little warm up time.
11/25/16 Stream levels are low but that's not a bad thing since it makes it easy to wade about
anywhere. Fish the lower and middle sections of the river. The headwaters are getting rather
cold. Midges, Creams and Reds or blood midges, are hatching. Blue-winged olives are hatching.
The Brown sculpin is still catching the larger trout.
12/02/16 The lower section of the creek is a little warmer than the upper sections. We
recommend fishing in the early afternoons for the best result. There are some Blue-winged
olives and lots of midges hatching on the mostly cloudy days. The Sculpin streamers should
continue to catch the larger trout.
12/09/16 The stream is running at a normal level for this time of the year. Snow is forecast
everyday for the next week and the temperature is barely going to exceed the freezing mark.
The water is averaging from the mid thirties to the high thirties. Midges and Winter stoneflies are
the only insects hatching. The Brown sculpin streamer is always a good choice under low light
12/16/16 The weather is barely going above freezing and then only one day of the coming week.
The water has a lot of slush ice and it will increase some before the week ends. It will be very
tough to catch trout. We aren't saying it can't be done, but tough. Midges and Winter stoneflies
are the only insects hatching. You would be better off fishing a bottom discharge tailwater.
12/23/16 We don't recommend fishing above the lower section of the creek. The water
temperature is near freezing with lots of slush ice in the water. The lower section is only about
36-37. Midges, Creams and Reds, with the larva and pupa fished in tandem may get you some
trout. Winter stoneflies are hatching. Fish the nymph late in the day near the banks.
12/30/16 I mentioned in the report attached below, that the weather report we provide is at a
very high elevation, not really close to the weather at the middle or lower elevations of the creek.
That is why the water temperature is usually shown much higher than it appears it should be. I
will change that in the near future. The water is about 37 degrees in the lower tailwater section
which isn't that cold.
01/06/17 The creek is in good shape with good levels to wade, clear except for melting snow
runoff, with hatching midges and Winter stoneflies. The weather is going to be nicer this coming
week, meaning warmer, but will still be snowing about everyday. Fish the cream or blood midges
with the larva and pupa in tandem, under a strike indicator. Fish the WSF nymphs, late in the
day near the banks.
01/13/17 The creek is in good shape for the middle of January. The water is low but that helps
the wading anglers. You just have to be careful not to spook the trout. The weather isn't bad at
all with little snow forecast this coming week. Fish midges, Reds and Creams, with the larva and
pupa in tandem for best results. The Scupin streamers have been catching some larger trout
when there is cloud cover.
01/20/17 The creek is in fairly good condition for mid January. Fish the lowest section that holds
trout. Midges will continue to be the main insects to imitate. There are more and more Winter
stoneflies showing up. Fish the adults only when you see them depositing eggs on the surface
and the nymphs late in the day near the banks. They crawl out of the water at night to hatch.
01/27/17 Deep snow lines the banks of the river from top to bottom. The lowest section of the
river that holds trout is about 35 degrees and has midges hatching. They are some creams and
light Green but mostly reds, or blood midges where there is soft bottom or settlement. We had
one customer report seeing clusters of midges in the slack current seams but no reports of trout
being caught this past week.
02/03/17 The creek is in good shape for this time of the year. The lower sections are clear of ice
in the water, and with Midges and Winter stoneflies hatching. There will be snow most days next
week but it will be fairly warm. When it is snowing, try fishing the Black or Olive Matuka sculpin
streamer. They have been working good for one of our local customers. Otherwise, fish Cream
or Red midges.
02/10/17 We didn't receive any reports from the past week but conditions were not that bad.
Melting snow from the warmer weather is staining much of the water. That helps the streamer
fishing but hold the water temperature down. The snow will end on Monday. Fish Midges,
Creams or Reds with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem. Sculpin streamers may work in the
slower water with cloud cover.
02/17/17 The lower section of the creek that holds trout is the best location to fish. It is a couple
of degrees warmer water but has some stain. The stain helps the streamer fishing. Fish the slow
current, not fast water and near the bottom. Midges, Creams and Reds or blood midges are
hatching. Winter stoneflies are hatching. Fish the midge larva and pupa rigged in tandem.
02/24/17 The warm weather has ended and it is back to normal for the middle of the winter. Fish
Cream or Red (blood) midges rigged with the larva and pupa in tandem. This offers the best
advantage. There have been reports of some clusters of midges on the surface. Fish the dry fly
or adult midge when this occurs. Sculpin streamers like the Black Matuka have worked good in
the stained water.
03/03/17 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing the creek this past week. The
stream levels remain in good shape and there is a lot less ice in the water. Midges, Creams and
Reds, are still the most important insects to imitate. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem for the
best results. Sculpin streamers like the Black Matuka, should work good in the stained water or
when it is cloudy.
03/10/17 The weather is turning back a little colder but the stream is in good shape. Stream
levels are normal and Midges are hatching good. Fish Creams or Reds with the larva and pupa
rigged in tandem for the best results. Sculpin streamers work good when there is low light
conditions. Fish the Black or Olive Matuka or the Brown sculpin.
03/17/17 The creek is in fair shape running a little high and dingy. There is no rain but warm
weather is causing runoff in the watershed. Melting snow and ice is keeping the levels up and
the water dingy. Fish Streamers like the Black Matuka sculpin in the stained water. Skwala
stonefies and little Brown stoneflies have started hatching.
03/24/17 The creek is flowing high and from stained to muddy depending on the location. The
weather is going to be a little cooler this coming week and that will slow down the melt and
runoff. Check back with up and check the levels. It may be a few days but it will get back down
soon. Streamers like the Brown or Black Matuka sculpin will be a good fly choice when it first
03/31/17 The weather is turning colder and that should stop the runoff conditions. There is snow
in the forecast everyday for the next week. Midges, and Skwala and LIttle Brown stoneflies
represent the majority of what may hatch. Fish the LIght Green or Red midges, with the larva
and pupa rigged in tandem.
04/07/17 The creek is getting into good shape fast. The stream levels are still high, too high to
wade safely in some places but falling. They should be low enough to wade anywhere soon. The
water will clear up on Monday and be clear and warm for the next five days. Little Black
caddisflies are hatching in the lower elevations along with Skwala stoneflies.
04/14/17 The creek is running a little high and stained right now but falling. It should be in good
shape very soon. The water is much warmer and there are a lot of new hatches starting up.
March Browns are hatching in the lower river along with lots of little Black Grannom Caddis.
There is little rain and no snow forecast for the coming week.
04/21/17 The creek is in very good shape with good stream levels making wading easy and
safe. There are several hatches taking place including two species of stoneflies, little BWOs,
little Black Caddis and March Browns. There is some snow and rain in the forecast, so you
better get with it as soon as you can.
04/28/17 The weather has turned cold again and there is a lot of snow in the forecast for the
coming week. We recommend fishing the lower section of the river. There were some good
hatches taking place but the cold weather will probably slow them down some. The stream levels
are low and you can wade about anywhere.
05/05/17 The creek is in good shape with good stream levels that are low enough and safe
enough to wade most places. The water is clear to lightly stained, depending on the section.
The Little Black caddisfly hatch has progressed up to the upper middle section of the creek. Two
species of stoneflies are hatching along with some Blue-winged olives.
05/12/17 The creek is in good shape but up a little from last week. It is tough to wade in a few
places but okay and safe in most. There are a lot of insects hatching. March Browns and Blue-
winged olives in the lower elevations and there are still some little Black Caddis in the higher
elevations. We think you should be able to catch trout in any sections of the stream.
05/19/17 he creek is running a little too high to wade many places but okay in others provided
you use caution. The water ranges from stained to muddy, depending on the section. We
recommend fishing the lower section of the creek. The hatches have been slowed down due to
the much colder water temperature, but this is only temperately.
05/26/17 The creek is still in good shape with decent water levels. You can wade most places
but some are a little too high. The runoff hasn't gotten underway yet. It normally starts about
right now and last through June. Right now, conditions are good at it is one of a few places you
can fish in the state.
06/02/17 The stream levels are up some and the water getting stained. It looks like the runoff is
getting under way. This is likely to continue through the month of June and the levels get much
higher. There isn't much you can do but stay in touch with us. We will keep you informed as to
the status of the runoff.
06/09/17 Clear Creek isn't very clear. It is more the color of tea. It is in runoff or blown out from
the runoff. All you can do is to keep checking back with us. We will keep you informed as to the
status of the runoff. You can send us and email and let us help you plan that next fly fishing trip
to Clear Creek.
06/16/17 The river is running extremely high from runoff. Hopefully, it will hit its peak very soon.
It is too high to wade or fish in our opinion. All you can do is to check back with us. We will keep
you informed as to the status of the runoff and stream conditions. It will be good as soon as it
06/33/17 The stream level is still very high from runoff. The water is more like tea than clear
creek clear water. Hopefully, it will peak out and stop falling out very soon. It may be another
week or two. All you can do is to check back with us. We will keep you informed.
06/30/17 The creek is down and clearing a lot from the past week. The levels are low enough to
wade with caution in a few places but still mostly all to high to wade. It is falling fast and will
continue to do so. There isn't any rain in the forecast for the next week. There are lots of insects
hatching and everything should be in great shape by the end of this week.
07/07/17 The stream is in good condition in all sections. The water is clear and there are
multiple hatches taking place. Notice we have also added terrestrials to the fly list as they can
become important at time. The hatches vary some with the elevation. We received some good
reports this past week.
07/14/17 The stream levels are up a little above normal for this time of the season. There is a
chance of showers about everyday this coming week. Some sections are a little too high to wade
and some are okay. There are lots of hatches going on and good numbers of trout being caught.
07/20/17 The river is in good shape with good stream levels at all locations. The lower end is
getting a little warm. We recommend fishing the middle and upper sections. There are still plenty
of insects hatching. They vary with the elevation. It is actually snowing right now at in early
morning on Copper Mountain. .
07/27/17 The creek is still in very good shape. There are lots of insects hatching but they vary
with the elevation. The upper creek sections are still very cool with water as low as 53 degrees
in some places. The lower section is in the hight sixties. We recommend fishing the middle and
upper river. There are lots of Little Yellow Stoneflies.
08/04/17 The stream is in excellent shape in all sections except the lowest section. It is getting a
little too warm. It can be fished early mornings with success but I wouldn't fish it in the
afternoons. You have miles of water that is cool with hungry trout. We are getting some good
reports from the upper sections.
08/11/17 The creek is in good shape in all sections from the headwaters to the lowest section.
We received two good reports from customers fishing this past week. There are lots of little
Yellow stoneflies hatching. Fish the adults late in the day when they are depositing their eggs.
The cloud cover is a big help and that should continue for the next few days.
08/18/17 Few anglers are fishing the stream when it is in excellent shape. Conditions are good
from the headwaters to the lower section of the creek. We received one good report this past
week. There are some good hatches taking place. Now is a great time to be fishing the creek.
08/25/17 More good reports came in on this one this past week. It is one of the coldest streams
in the state and trout are being caught in good numbers in the upper and middle sections of the
stream. There are still some good hatches taking place and terrestrials like our Japanese
Beetles are also working.
09/01/17 We are receiving more good reports from customers. Most are fishing the headwaters
and catching lots of smaller, but fun to catch trout. All sections of the creek are in good shape.
There are still plenty of hatching insects and imitations of terrestrials are also working good.
09/08/17 The stream is in good shape in all sections. The uppermost sections or headwaters, is
turning out a lot of trout. We had two good reports from customers fishing the upper section this
past week. Many of the trout are small, but fun to catch. There are still some insects hatching.
Terrestrials are also working.
09/15/17 The stream is in good shape in all sections from the headwaters to the lowest section.
The much cooler weather has the water temperature at a more suitable range in the lower
sections of the creek. This coming week should be a good one.
09/22/17 We received three good reports from customers fishing the creek this past week. The
upper elevation are much colder and October Caddis are already hatching. The lower sections
still have some good hatches taking place. Terrestrials are dieing off in the higher elevations
due to the first hard freeze, but available in the lower river.
10/06/17 The creek is in good shape in all sections. The stream levels are just a little above
normal and easy and safe to wade with caution. There are still some good hatches taking place,
especially in the lower to middle sections. You can just about select your weather and water
temperature by choosing the elevation. It vary a lot from the lowest to the highest elevation.
10/13/17 The water is getting a little warmer in the middle and upper sections. It varies greatly
from the lowest to the highest elevations and so do some of the hatches. There are still some
Blue-winged olives in about all sections as well as some Mahogany duns and October caddis.
10/20/17 Conditions remain good in all sections of the river. The water temperature in the higher
elevations is much lower than that of the middle and lower sections of the river. There are good
hatches of Mahogany duns and Blue-winged olives as well as midges taking place. There is
snow falling now but should end tomorrow.
10/27/17 the creek is in good shape in all sections. We recommend fishing the middle and lower
sections. The water is a little chilly in the higher elevations. There are still some hatches taking
place. There are a few October Caddis in the lower river, along with BWOs and Midges.
11/04/17 The creek is in good shape with some good numbers of trout being caught. We had
one good report from a customer fishing this past week.There are still plenty of October caddis,
and lots of Blue-winged olives and midges hatching. We recommend fishing afternoons to dark
11/12/17 The stream is in good shape in all sections. Stream levels are fine for wading. There
are some good hatches of Cream and Red midges as well as Blue-winded olives. We received
one good report from a customer fishing this past week. This coming week should be a good
one with a very good weather forecast.
11/19/17 The stream is in good shape, with good levels for wading anglers. We recommend
fishing the lower and middle sections. The upper river is very cold. Midges, creams and reds
(blood) midges and Blue-winged olives are hatching.
12/03/17 Stream levels are in good shape but the water very cold except in the lower elevations.
Midges are hatching good. Cream and Reds or blood midges, are the most important ones. Fish
the larva and pupa imitations rigged in tandem. The Sculpin pattern streamers are still catching
the larger trout.
12/17/17 Winter stoneflies often called Snow flies, are starting to hatch. Midges, creams and
blood midges, or red ones, are hathing good. Fish the lower to lower middle sections of the river.
12/24/17 Trout can be caught in good numbers if you fish the lower part of the creek. Midges
and Winter stoneflies are hatching good. The middle and upper sections are very cold with
some slush ice in the water.
12/31/17 Fish the lower section. The water is too cold otherwise. Midges, the blood midges and
cream color midges are hatching. Winter stoneflies are hatching. .
01/08/18 Conditions should be a little better this coming week. The weather won't be quite as
cold. Fish the lower section of the creek. Midges and Winter stoneflies are hatching good.
01/15/18 Fish the lower section of the river. The middle and upper sections have slush ice in the
water. Midges, creams and reds or blood midges, are hatching good. Winter stoneflies are
hatching good. This coming week should have good weather.
01/22/18 The weather is going to be a little better this coming week. The lower section of the
creek should turn out some trout for those fishing midges, creams or blood midges. Winter
stoneflies are also hatching. Fish the winter stonefly nymphs near the banks. They crawl out of
the water to hatch.
02/05/18 The middle and upper sections of the creek are just too cold to fish. The lower section
should offer the best opportunity. There are some light Green midges beginning to hatch as well
as the Creams and a few Reds. Winter stoneflies are still hatching good.
02/19/18 The river is still cold, with even colder weather ahead this coming week, but otherwise,
in good condition. Fish the lowest section that holds trout. Midges are still the main insects to
imitate. Creams, reds or blood midges, and light greens are hatching.
02/26/18 The creek is in good shape, but cold in all but the lower elevations. It should warm up a
little this coming week and get rid of most of the slush ice in the water. The lower river is clear of
it. Midges, Winter stoneflies and sculpin are the foods you should be imitating.
03/05/18 We recommend fishing the lower section of the creek. The middle and upper sections
are still very cold with slush ice in most of it. Midges, sculpin, Winter and Skwala stoneflies are
the foods you need to imitate. The water and weather should be a little warmer this coming week.
03/12/18 The weather and water is getting warmer. You should still stick with the lower
elevations. The middle and upper levels are still cold. Skwala stoneflies are hatching good.
Midges, creams and light greens, and Sculpin streamers are still the most important foods to
03/19/18 The creek is getting in very good shape thanks to all the good weather. This coming
week should be even better. It is time for you to get in some good pre-runoff fishing. Skwala
stoneflies are hatching very good along with lots of cream and light green midges..
03/24/18 The creek is still in good shape but still cold. Fish the lower sections of the river for the
warmest water. It is only about 36 degrees. Midges, creams and light greens are hatching good.
Skwala stoneflies are hatching.
04/02/18 The creek is in good shape in the lower and middle elevations, but still rather cold in
the higher elevations. There is a huge difference in water temperature from the lower to the
highest elevations on Clear Creek. Hatches vary greatly at any one time depending on the
04/09/18 The upper and upper middle sections of the river are still cold and midges are the only
hatches. The lower middle and lower sections are warmer and hatches of Blue-winged olives,
some Skwala or little Brown stoneflies are hatching. Little Black caddis and March Browns should
start soon, if not already.
04/24/18 The river is getting into good shape in the middle and lower sections. It is still very cold
in the higher elevations. There are several hatches taking place in the lower elevations. This
coming week should be a good one. Midges, BWOs, Skwala stoneflies and March Browns are
04/30/18 The creek is in good shape in the middle and lower elevations. The high elevations are
still very cold. Blue-winged olives, Little Black Grannom caddis, called the Mother's day hatch by
some, is going on in the lower elevations. March Browns are hatching as well. This coming week
should be a good one.
05/07/18 The stream levels are still in good shape and the water mostly clear. There are good
hatches of Blue-winged olives, March Browns and Little Black Caddis in the lower and middle
sections of the river.
05/14/18 The creek is much higher and too high to wade in many places, but okay in others
provided caution is used. The water is a little dingy most places. Use our Sculpin patterns and
double nymph rigs we pre-rig for some good results with the higher water levels.
05/21/18 The creek is still in good shape for the most part. It is high and too high to wade in
many places but okay in others. Hatches of Blue-winged olives, Midges, March Browns and Little
Black caddis continue but vary with the elevation.
05/28/18 The stream levels are continuing to rise. It is too high to fish wade. It can be fished
from the banks but that is about it. Runoff is getting underway and it may be several days before
it clears and drops.
06/04/18 The creek is still running high, not in a blown out condition but high, too high to wade
safely in most places. The runoff should be starting very soon. You can fish the creek from the
banks right now, and wade some areas.
06/11/18 The creek is still high, again, not blown out but high, too high to wade most anywhere.
It could be fished. The runoff is very moderate and will probably change soon. As of now, it isn't
06/18/18 The creek is in good shape. We are getting good reports from all sections of the
stream. Wading is safe with caution. There are lots of insects hatching but vary some from
section to section. This coming week should be a good one.
06/25/18 The river is in good shape in all sections. The higher elevations in the headwater are
in good shape. The stream levels are getting a little low in some sections, so stay hidden. There
are multiple hatches taking place but vary some with the elevation.
07/02/18 Clear Creek is one of the better streams to fish in the state because the water is
generally cooler coming from very high elevations. We do recommend fishing the middle and
higher elevations. There are still plenty of good hatches taking place. Thre is a chance of rain
everyday this coming week.
07/09/18 The stream levels are a little lower than last week, and low enough you have to stay
hidden. There is rain in the forecast and the levels should be coming up soon. Fish the upper
middle and high elevations for the best results.
08/06/18 Not much change in water levels. The creek is still low but in very good shape thanks
to the high elevations it starts from. The water remain cool in all sections but the very lowest. We
recommend fishing the middle and upper elevations for the best results. There are plenty of
08/27/18 The creek is in good shape except the water levels are a little low. All sections of the
stream are turning out trout. You just have to stay hidden from the trout. There are still some
good hatches, especially the little Yellow stonefleis.
09/27/18 We received two good reports from this past week. The stream level is still low but trout
are still being caught. . Hatches are still taking place. Stay hidden from the trout and you can
catch plenty. They don't stop eating just because the water is low.
10/14/18 Fish the lower and middle elevations. The higher elevations are very cold right now.
There are midges, Blue-winged olives, some Spotted sedges and October caddis hatching.
Sculpin streamers should get you the larger trout.
10/28/18 Conditions remain abut the same. Fish the lower and middle elevations of the stream.
The highest elevations are okay but the water is much colder and the fish not as active. There
are good hatches of BWOs, cream and blood or red midges, as well as a few other insects.
12/14/18 The creek is in good shape, just a little cold but warm enough that trout can be caught
in good numbers. Midges, creams and reds or blood midges, are hatching. Blue-winged olives
are hatching. Sculpin streamers will catch the larger size trout. Fish the lower elevations.
12/22/18 The water is very cold except in the lowest section of the stream. Midges, creams and
reds or blood midges are hatching. Sculpin streamers will always catch trout and usually the
12/30/19The creek is running low and of course, cold. There are still good midge hatches as
well as winter stoneflies. Fish the lower section of the stream. The middle and higher elevations
are very cold and the water has some slush ice.
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