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Clear Creek

Report Date: 06/02/2014
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    Reporter: Trout's Guide Staff

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    June Fishing Report on Clear Creek

    By the middle of last month, Clear Creek was experiencing its annual runoff cycle. At the start of the month it is unfishable. As we get later in the month and flows subside, many other river enthusiasts will be hitting the river, and anyone looking to be fishing Clear Creek this month should look to see fellow anglers, rafters, tubers, and swimmers from Golden through well above Idaho Springs. Just be patient and remember the river is for everyone. We never find the fish seem to mind, and once the water starts to come down look for them to be feeding eagerly off the surface on attractor dry flies, caddis, mayfly and even hopper imitations. Fish the edges and pockets quickly with a dry-dropper rig and don’t be afraid to indicator nymph the deeper runs and pools. A small dark streamer can also be extremely effective on Clear Creek, especially as the water starts to drop. 

    BE CAREFUL and don’t rush getting to Clear Creek this month. Flows are very high and fast and even toward the end of the month when things start to come back into shape, don’t push your wading luck.

    Insects and Natural Food Sources

    Caddis and stoneflies will make up a good portion of the fish’s diet, with small Mayflies such as BWO’s and PMD’s rounding out the aquatic insects. Grasshoppers are also making an appearance and will only get stronger as we get into summer.

    Recommended Flies

    Foam and Deer Hair hopper patterns, Attractor Dry Flies such as the Stimulator, Humpy, Royal Wulff etc. Bead Head attractor nymphs such as the Prince Nymph, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, Soft hackles, Caddis Pupae and Larva patterns, Small streamers.

    River Information

    Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 66 miles long, in north central Colorado. The creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon directly west of Denver, descending through a long gorge to emerge on the Colorado Eastern Plains where it joins the South Platte.

    Clear Creek begins near the continental divide near Loveland Pass, northwest of Grays Peak in western Clear Creek County. It descends eastward through Clear Creek Canyon past the towns of Silver Plume, Georgetown, and Idaho Springs. Within the canyon it receives numerous smaller tributary creeks that descend from the rugged mountains on either side.

    Seasonal Overview:

    Close to Denver, Clear Creek is no secret.  But this doesn't mean you can't have a good day on the water. Clear Creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, approximately 66 miles long, in north central Colorado. The creek flows through Clear Creek Canyon directly west of Denver, descending through a long gorge to emerge on the Colorado Eastern Plains where it joins the South Platte.

    Clear Creek begins near the continental divide near Loveland Pass, northwest of Grays Peak in western Clear Creek County. It descends eastward through Clear Creek Canyon past the towns of Silver Plume, Georgetown, and Idaho Springs. Within the canyon it receives numerous smaller tributary creeks that descend from the rugged mountains on either side.

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