Overall River Rating:


South Boulder Creek

Latest Update 10/6/14- South Boulder Creek is fishing excellent below the dam. Look for pocket water behind boulders and small double nymph rig with a psycho prince, caddis pupa or copper john with a midge dropped off the back for best results.

River Information

South Boulder Creek is another very productive piece of water just a little over an hour from Denver. The creek is your typical small stream freestone above Gross Reservoir. Below Gross Reservoir, anglers will find a productive tailwater fishery which flows through the Walker Ranch open space. 


Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Midges, mayflies, caddis, stoneflies terrestrials

Fall: Midges, mayflies, caddis

Seasonal Conditions

Boulder Creek is can be fished year round. Below the dam, in the tailwater section, can be very good and holds some surprisingly large fish. 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

The Walker Ranch open space or Eldorado Canyon State Park are the most popular and can be very productive. No roads run along the river so a bit of hiking is required, however solitude can often await. 

Above Gross Reservoir, parking is available at Pinecliffe.