Boulder Creek Fly Fishing Report

Last Updated: 10/16/16 Boulder Creek is a great dry fly option this time of the year. Warmer fall days will get fish feeding on the abundant blue-wings and midges of the fall months. Fish have been fairly opportunistic so fly selection is not as important as providing a good presentation. Flows are below our annual averages so look for fish to be in riffle-runs and structured areas. Focus on the areas with dry flies in sizes 14-18. Para Wulffs, Red/Yellow Humpies, October Caddis will work wonders. If things get tough, throw on a flashy dropper such as a Copper John or Psycho Prince. -Austin Manthey, Professional Fly Fishing Guide for Trouts Denver

River Information

Boulder Creek is a wonderful little fishery that originates in the front range and runs through the town of Boulder. This creek holds primarily Rainbow and Brown trout, however Brook and Cutthroat trout live here as well. Dry fly fishing can be very good in the warmer months and a 3wt or smaller rod is ideal. 

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Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis

Summer: Midges, mayflies, caddis, terrestrials

Fall: Midges, mayflies, caddis

Seasonal Conditions

Boulder Creek is can be fished year round. Midges are active throughout the year, however arguably the best way to fish this creek is in the warmer months with a dry dropper rig. 

River Access

From Boulder, take Canyon Blvd, Hwy 119 west. Pullouts are numerous on the nearly 14 miles of fishable water before reaching Barker Reservoir Dam.