Clear Creek Fly Fishing Report
Latest Update: 8/21/16- Clear Creek has been a solid option for some decent dry fly fishing close to home these past few weeks. Typically the morning hours are a little more productive than fishing the heat of the day but that is not to say fishing shuts off completely. Bring out the 3 weight and throw some smaller terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and small hoppers up along the banks and in the walking speed riffle sections. The fish will take a splashy hit at just about anything in your dry fly box ranging between sizes 12-18. You can also drop a nymph off the back of your dry fly but honestly it is not necessary as all the fish should be looking up. Clear Creek Canyon, Idaho Springs, and the headwaters near Bakerville are some of my favorite sections to fish this time of year.
- Flow: 128 cfs
- Wind: 0 MPH
- Temp: 59.7 °F
- High/Low: 79/57
- Flow: 89 cfs
- Wind: 0 MPH
- Temp: 56 °F
- High/Low: 81/55
Clear Creek is a very popular and easily accessible river within an hour or so of Denver. This small freestone originiates in the mountains above Georgetown and runs hard along the I-70 corridor though Idaho Springs and Golden, on it's way to the South Platte River. Clear Creek has a good population of small to mid-sized Rainbow and Brown Trout and abundant bug life. This is a great option for anglers limited on time or those looking for a smaller stream experience.
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Clear Creek, for the most part, is fishable year round. Runoff definitely hits this river hard, making it an extremely popular place for whitewater rafting. If you plan to fish Clear Creek from late Spring through Mid-Summer, plan on seeing countless whitewater rafts throughout the day. Additionally, due to the fact that it parallels I-70, silence will not be a companion of yours throughout the day. The good news is though, the fish are there and getting a handful (or several handfuls) in your net throughout the day is typically a very doable task.
Clear Creek offers anglers and abundance of public access. The stretch of river along I-70 is certainly the most popular. Here is a list of a few fish filled and easy to find places:
Junction of I-70 and Hwy 6. (Park across from the Restaurant.) Public access is allowed up to Hidden Valley at Exit 243. Additinal parking is also available on south side of I-70 at Exit 243.
Clear Creek Canyon – Junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 119. Park along Hwy 6 and fish upstream. Approximately 3 miles of public access exist here.
Bakerville Loveland Trail – Take exit 221 off of I-70. Public fishing access is availble headed west for 5 miles from Exit 221 to the Loveland Ski Area at exit 216.
Courtney Riley Cooper Park – Take Exit 241 from I-70 into Idaho Springs. This park is located across from the Safeway and Visitor Center. Grills, picnic tables, restrooms and a wheel chari accessible fishing pier are available here.
Clear Creek Ranger District Office – Take Exit 240 from I-70 in Idaho Springs. Head south on Hwy 103 approximately one block to the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Office. Public parking is available here and you are able fish up or down stream.