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Clear Creek

Report Date: 03/04/2014
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    Reporter: Trout's Guide Staff

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    April Fishing Report on Clear Creek

    Looks like spring is here on the Front Range (finally) and fishing on Clear Creek should be picking up dramatically this month. The Creek is completely open in the HWY 6 Canyon as of the start of the month. A little bit of shelf ice along the I-70 exits, but that’ll soon disappear too. Look for fishing to be best during the warmest parts of the day, especially in places where the sun has a chance to hit the water. We’d suggest fishing light nymph rigs in some of the deeper spots, or attractor dry-dropper rigs. Also, stripping small streamers along eddy lines and seams is always a good bet on Clear Creek. Perfect place to go if you have a few free hours! Go fish!

    Insects and Natural Food Sources

    Baetis, midges, eggs and a small stoneflies make up a majority of the fish’s diet this time of year as far as natural food sources go.      

    Recommended Flies

    Flashy Bead Head Attractor Nymphs such as Copper Johns, Hare’s Ears, Soft Hackles etc sz 14-18, Attractor Dry Flies such as Parachute Adams or Stimlators sz 12-18, egg patterns sz 14-18, Small streamers such as the Wooly Bugger or Mini-Skulpin sz 6-10.

    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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