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About Clear Creek

Clear Creek, originating from the Continental Divide and winding its way down to the Denver metro area along I-70 through Clear Creek Canyon, offers a convenient and accessible fly fishing experience for Denver locals. This scenic waterway is cherished by anglers for its proximity to home and diverse fishing opportunities. From its headwaters in the high country to its urban stretches, Clear Creek is teeming with trout, including browns and rainbows. Despite its proximity to urban areas, the creek retains its natural beauty, providing a tranquil escape for anglers seeking a quick fishing getaway. With its breathtaking canyon views and thriving fish population, Clear Creek stands as a beloved and convenient option for Denver residents looking to indulge in their passion for fly fishing without straying far from home.

Suggested Flies
Thin Mint Streamer - Tungsten
Thin Mint Streamer - Tungsten
Thin Mint Streamer - Tungsten
Thin Mint Streamer - Tungsten

Thin Mint Streamer - Tungsten

$3.25
Conehead Woolly Bugger
Conehead Woolly Bugger
Conehead Woolly Bugger
Conehead Woolly Bugger

Conehead Woolly Bugger

$3.25
Crystal Bugger - Bead Head
Crystal Bugger - Bead Head
Crystal Bugger - Bead Head
Crystal Bugger - Bead Head
Crystal Bugger - Bead Head
Crystal Bugger - Bead Head

Crystal Bugger - Bead Head

$3.25
Latest Report

Updated 6/6/2024

With flows over 600 cfs and rising, we recommend fishing elsewhere.

Seasonal Hatches and Tips

Spring on Clear Creek in Colorado can offer excellent fly fishing opportunities as aquatic insect activity increases and fish become more active. Here are some effective fly patterns
to consider during the spring months:

Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): These may still be prevalent in early spring. Carry patterns like Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns, or Pheasant Tails in sizes #18 to #22 to imitate BWOs.

Midges: While midge activity remains consistent year-round, it can still be important in spring. Use patterns like Zebra Midges, RS2s (Rim's Semblance 2), Mercury Midges, or Disco Midges in sizes ranging from #18 to #24.

Caddisflies: As temperatures rise, caddis activity increases. Patterns like Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, or Stimulators in sizes #14 to #18 can be effective imitations.

Stoneflies: Stonefly nymphs start becoming more active in spring. Carry patterns like Pat's Rubber Legs, Hare's Ear Nymphs, or Prince Nymphs in sizes #10 to #14.

Streamers: As the water warms up, fish become more aggressive. Woolly Buggers, Sculpin patterns, and other streamers in various sizes and colors can attract larger fish.

Attractor Patterns: Bright and flashy attractor patterns like San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, or Rainbow Warriors can be effective in catching the attention of fish, especially during runoff periods.

 It's essential to observe the water conditions and the behavior of the fish to determine the most effective patterns and presentations. Also, be prepared to adjust your techniques throughout the day as conditions change.

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