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Clear Creek Fly Fishing Report

Latest update: 6/24/18 -- Flows along Clear Creek are continuing to come down by the day. Clear Creek is known to rip through the canyon so be careful wading in the higher water. Fishing has been really good over the last few weeks, just about any soft slick or pocket will entice dry fly eats. Double dry rigs are a great option right now with a Hopper lead and a smaller caddis or purple haze trailing. If you aren't satisfied with the dry fly opportunities, Dry Dropper rigs are the way to go. Any standard bead head will make a great dropper, Copper John's, Psycho Princes, PT's Hares Ears, JuJu Baetis are a few of our favorites.

River Information

Clear Creek is a very popular and easily accessible river within an hour or so of Denver. This small freestone originates in the mountains above Georgetown and runs hard along the I-70 corridor though Idaho Springs and Golden, on its way to the South Platte River. Clear Creek has a good population of small to mid-sized Rainbow and Brown Trout and abundant bug life. This is a great option for anglers limited on time or those looking for a smaller stream experience.    

Recommended Flies

Jigged Hare's Ear
Size 10-14
Royal Wulff
Size 10-14
Amy's Ant
Size 10-14
Psycho Prince
Size 12-16
Size 12-14

Seasonal Conditions

Clear Creek, for the most part, is fishable year round. Runoff definitely hits this river hard, making it an extremely popular place for whitewater rafting. If you plan to fish Clear Creek from late Spring through mid-Summer, plan on seeing countless whitewater rafts throughout the day. Additionally, due to the fact that it parallels I-70, silence will not be a companion of yours throughout the day. The good news is the fish are there and getting a handful (or several handfuls) in your net throughout the day is typically a very doable task.  

River Access

Clear Creek offers anglers and abundance of public access. The stretch of river along I-70 is certainly the most popular. Here is a list of a few fish filled and easy to find places: 

Junction of I-70 and Hwy 6. (Park across from the Restaurant.)   Public access is allowed up to Hidden Valley at Exit 243. Additinal parking is also available on south side of I-70 at Exit 243.

Clear Creek Canyon – Junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 119. Park along Hwy 6 and fish upstream. Approximately 3 miles of public access exist here.  

Bakerville Loveland Trail – Take exit 221 off of I-70.  Public fishing access is availble headed west for 5 miles from Exit 221 to the Loveland Ski Area at  exit 216.

Courtney Riley Cooper Park – Take Exit 241 from I-70 into Idaho Springs.  This park is located across from the Safeway and Visitor Center.  Grills, picnic tables, restrooms and a wheel chari accessible fishing pier are available here.

Clear Creek Ranger District Office – Take  Exit 240 from I-70 in Idaho Springs. Head south on Hwy 103 approximately one block to the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Office. Public parking is available here and you are able fish up or down stream.