With origins up in the Mount Evans Wilderness, Bear Creek makes its way through Evergreen as it continues through Kittredge and Idledale before entering Bear Ponds and eventually makes its way into the South Platte River near Englewood, CO. Throughout its journey, the flow of Bear Creek is supplemented by Kerr Gulch, Cold Springs Gulch, and Saw Mill Gulch for sustainable fishing from spring through fall. Just a short drive from Denver, Bear Creek is great for day trips or if you just have a few hours to get some casting in. Bear Creek rarely freezes for prolonged periods, so you’ll likely find decent fishing all year long. This is primarily understood as a canyon fishery so you’ll find a variety of runs that look ‘fishy’ along with deep holes and pocket water.
What Kind of Fishing Can You Expect at Bear Creek?
Fly fishing on Bear Creek is typically pretty consistent with browns being the bulk of the catch. There are also some rainbows to be found and sizes range from 6-12 inches with an occasional catch upwards of 18 inches. If you head farther up into the Mount Evans Wilderness, there’s a good chance you’ll find some Brook Trout around 12 inches or smaller. Since Bear Creek isn’t as popular as places like Cheesman or Deckers, the fish are typically eager for a meal and not as well versed in avoiding anglers. We do recommend keeping an eye on the weather about a day prior to your trip since any substantial rain can muddy the waters. This is a good idea for most all Front Range creeks and rivers that don’t benefit from tailwaters to clear things up. Bear Creek is right in our backyard at The Blue Quill Angler, and we invite you to join one of our renowned guides for a guided fly fishing trip here. We can offer expert advice for Beer Creek and all the waters in the area, and you’ll find all the gear and products you might need at our shop here in Evergreen. You can also check out our online fly fishing store where orders over $30 ship at no additional charge.