Overall River Rating:

4/5

Bear Creek Fly Fishing Report

Latest Update: 9/27/2016 - As we continue to have great Fall weather Bear Creek conditions remain consistent. The biggest factor right now is the weather, on warm sunny days you will have plenty of opportunities. It continues to be running fairly skinny so you will have to bring out your best stealth skills in order to avoid spooking the fish. Target riffles, runs, pools, and pocket water throughout the entirety of the stream. Nymphing can be productive throughout the entirety of the day but there can also be some great dry fly opportunities. Yellow sallies, hoppers, ants, and beetles should be popping in abundance and the fish will be looking up! I love covering water with a small general attractor such as an Orange PMX or an Olive Amy's Ant trailed with a team of beadheads such as a chartreuse Copper John, a Goldbead Hare's Ear, or a blue Superman Nymph.

River Information

Bear Creek is a great spot close to Metro Denver, especially for those that only have a few hours to wet a line.  This is 3wt water or smaller, so leave the big sticks at home.  During the Fall and Winter months, productivity of the fishing will depend highly on the time of day and overall weather conditions.  Fishing will be best from 11am - 4pm, particularly on the warmer and sunny days.  Adverse weather will most likely create difficult conditions and potential high and off color water.  This is a good year round option as Bear Creek will rarely freeze for prolonged periods of time.

Tips and Tricks:

"Lair of the Bear" is the most heavily fished area along Bear Creek.  Explore a bit and you may be pleasantly surprised.


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Copper John
Size 12-18
Elk Caddis
Size 12-18
Kaufmann's Stimulator
Size 10-16
Dennis' ParaWulff
Size 12-16
Z-Wing Caddis
Size 14-16

Seasonal Conditions

We love Bear Creek due to it's close proximity to our shop in Denver. Within 30 minutes, anytime between Spring and Fall you can fly fish on Bear Creek. In the Winter, it's probably best to look at tailwater options as everything tends to freeze over.


River Access

Access Points:

  • Town of Morrison
  • Lair of the Bear
  • O'Fallon Park
  • Corwina Park
  • Town of Evergreen