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Bear Creek Fly Fishing Report

Latest update: 6/5/18 -- Bear Creek has come down to 14.4cfs. Dry-Dropper rigs are the most fun way to fish Bear Creek, with the majority of the eats on the nymphs; however, using a Dry as your indicator makes it easier to get a good drift in the low water, without spooking the fish with the presence of a generally harder-landing indicator. If you'd prefer a straight dry-fly rig, fish a small Parachute Adams or other Baetis imitation. For the Dropper you should look to tie on a beadhead nymph (in the #16-22 range) such as a Pheasant Tail, Zebra Midge, Tube Midge, Black Beauty, Radiation Baetis, or Copper John. Fish are looking up and have been snacking on some terrestrials as well, smaller Chubbies, Hippy Stompers, Stimulators, and Beetles are producing.

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.

Recommended Flies

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