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Fly Fishing Report: Bear Creek June 16th

June 19, 2013
Author: Will Rice

The Stream Flow gauge for Bear Creek at Morrison has been steady for some time now.  We fished Bear Creek right around ~30 CFS.  The water seemed quite a bit clearer up closer toward Evergreen Lake.  This might have had to do with the estimated 6 billion people (!?) recreating in the river over Father’s Day weekend. 

Bear Creekis a tributary of the South Platte River not far from the Mile High City. Its source is Summit Lake near the fourteen thousand foot peak of Mount Evans. Bear Creek flows to a confluence with the South Platte River just south of Downtown Denver. Bear Creek is not big in size and has quite a bit of overhanging trees and bushes to contend with.  Think about bringing a smaller rod if you have one – something in the 8.5’ range or even smaller will give you an advantage fishing some of the tighter pockets of holding water.  Also think about shortening your leader/tippet rigging– a 7.5’ rig seems more appropriate than a 9’+ terminal system. 

Despite the crowds we were able to move fish using big foam hopper patternsAmy’s Ant being one of the more effective flies.  Large natural hoppers are kicking around the grass all along the creek. 

Both caddis and blue winged olives were coming off simultaneously as well.  We also had luck throwing green foam back caddis and caddis pupa nymphs.  If you are looking for seclusion, Bear Creek might not be the best option on a weekend – but if you can make a mid week run, go for it while the flows are up.  When/if the water levels drop in this creek we usually avoid it altogether and give the fish a break. If you have questions about fishing Bear Creek give the shop a call at 303.733.1434.

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