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Boulder Creek Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update 7/17/15- The flows on Boulder Creek in town are a bit high however above Boulder Falls and closer to Barker Reservoir the fishing is excellent and will provide some great spring fishing chances. Dries: #10 Chubby Chernobyl, #12-14 JC Special, #12-14 PMX, #16 Purple Haze (honestly anything that floats high in the water) Nymphs: #12 BH Prince, #14 Guides Choice Hare’s Ear, #14-16 Surveyor, #14-16 Purple Psycho Prince, #14-18 BH Pheasant Tail

River Information

Boulder Creek is a wonderful little fishery that originates in the front range and runs through the town of Boulder. This creek holds primarily Rainbow and Brown trout, however Brook and Cutthroat trout live here as well. Dry fly fishing can be very good in the warmer months and a 3wt or smaller rod is ideal. 


Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Midges, mayflies, caddis, terrestrials

Fall: Midges, mayflies, caddis

Seasonal Conditions

Boulder Creek is can be fished year round. Midges are active throughout the year, however arguably the best way to fish this creek is in the warmer months with a dry dropper rig. 

River Access

From Boulder, take Canyon Blvd, Hwy 119 west. Pullouts are numerous on the nearly 14 miles of fishable water before reaching Barker Reservoir Dam.