Current Conditions

Clear Creek – Lawson

Flow: 94 ft3/s
Temp: 45 °F
Wind: 16 MPH N
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Clear Creek – Golden

Flow: 123 ft3/s
Temp: 70 °F
Wind: 4 MPH NW
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Fishing Report: Clear Creek

Clarity: Excellent

Hatches: Midges and Caddis

Major Food Organisms: Midges and Caddis

Conditions:  River fishing decent right now with recent increase in flows  Fish are feeding on midges and Caddis pupa under the surface.  In the late afternoon, you may find a few fish rising in the slower sections targeting Caddis dries.  Euro nymphing has been extremely productive with darker colored jig nymphs with silver and copper beads.

Suggested Patterns: #14-16 Green Copper Johns,  #14-16 Tungsten Pheasant Tail, #14-16 Flash Back Hares Ear, #14-16 Barr,s Graphic Caddis, #20-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Brassie, #18-22 Buckskin, and #20-22 Chironoflash, 14 – 16 Jigged Hares Ear, #14 – 16 Jigged Caddis Pupa, #14 – 16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14 – 16 Klink Caddis, #14 – 16 Slow Water Caddis and any attractor dry with dropper.

About Clear Creek

In 1988 when the Blue Quill opened its doors, there was very little fly fishing going on in Clear Creek. The river had suffered over one hundred years of mining pollution, channeling and chemical spills along I-70. Since 1983, Clear Creek has been a Federal Super Fund clean-up site and each year the water seems cleaner, the hatches of aquatic insects more abundant and the fishing better and better. Clear Creek is only seven miles from BQA and is home to a very high number of naturally reproducing brown trout.

Clear Creek Watershed is unique. With a mountain range of 14,000 foot peaks as its western boundary and approximately sixty linear miles of mainstream river water, it hosts a variety of natural habitats and wildlife populations. Much of Clear Creek is open to fishing from Golden all the way west to Georgetown. There are many pull-offs on HWY 6 and lots of access points on the service road that parallels I-70. Much of the river is channeled and rocky and can be a dangerous stream to fish especially during run-off though it remains a popular front range stream for kayaks and rafts.

Despite the inerrant problems with the environment, Clear Creek can be a very fun and exciting stream to fish with a stimulator or a bead head dropper. The fish are often pushed over on the edges and seem to be behind every rock. Czech nymphing techniques can also be very productive. Clear Creek is the perfect place for an afternoon or evening of fly fishing without the long drive necessary to many other spots and offers many miles of productive angling with low angling pressure.