Muddy Creek

River Information

Muddy Creek is a tributary of the Colorado River and provides anglers another great option to pursue both Rainbow and Brown trout in the Colorado River Basin. The creek is split in half by Wolford Reservoir and the most popular section to fish is the tailwater section below the dam. The majority of the river above the reservoir is privately owned. Below the dam, anglers have approximately 5 miles of river to explore. The river sits in a farily wide open meadow and doesn't provide much protection from the elements. The trout in Muddy Creek grow to respectable sizes and 14"-16" fish are not uncommon. Reports of fish much larger than that below the dam are somewhat frequent as well. 


Recommended Flies

From a bug perspective, Muddy Creek is not too technical. Midges will be a primary food source, as will a variety of mayflies, general attractor dry flies and terrestrial patterns. A dry/dropper rig should be sufficient in the summer months. 


Seasonal Conditions

Muddy Creek fishes best during the summer months where anglers typically have success throwing hopper/dropper rigs tight to the grassy undercut banks. One item to note here- the bugs, particulary horseflies, can be very thick up here at times. Anglers should make sure to bring plenty of bug spray and wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. 


River Access

Accessing Muddy Creek is farily simple and can be done from two locations. From the town of Kremmling, take Hwy 40 approximately 6 miles west to the Wolford Dam. Park here and walk down to the river. To access the river from the lower end on, BLM land, take County Rd 227. Both areas offer free parking.