Fishing Season: All year

Clear Creek - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Sunrise Anglers's Tip of the Week

Emerald Green water in canyon with prime sight fishing conditions … approaching ideal flows in the canyon Crickets and Cicadas have been the ticket Browns and Brookies are in full spawn with females dropping eggs… Please watch the redds

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Map of Clear Creek

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

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5-Day Outlook as of 9/30/22

Less commercial rafts through the canyon,,,, yeah!

Techniques & Tips as of 9/30/22

classic pocket water, larger pools and runs require a slower approach when throwing drys, high sticking, or indicator nymphing

Local Species Available All year

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Sunrise Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Spotlight Caddis Emerger Orange 14, 16
Flying Ant Dark 14, 16
Elk Wing Caddis Tan 14, 16
I Can See It Midge Fly Blk 22
Comparadun Brown 14, 16
Glass Midge Peacock 20, 22
Chernobyl Ant Orange 12, 14
Dave's Cricket Dark 10
Any grasshopper Any 10-16
Rs2 Olive 16, 18

Spotlight Caddis Emerger

Trout can't ignore this Caddis emerger fly because it behaves exactly like the naturals.

Sunrise Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Clear Creek

The Clear Creek watershed is truely amazing. Suffering from the ravages of mining for the last century, parts of Clear Creek are back and producing healthy populations of rainbows, browns, and in higher stretches, cutthroat. Starting on the eastern slopes of the continental divide, Clear Creek begins its journey to the Platte River on Loveland Pass and the Tunnel. This upper section is a mixture of mostly private and forest land. Drop pools and tight casting quarters are typical for this upper reach. Sunrise Anglers LLC is the only permitted outfitter for this rugged but easily accessed area. The next major area is the mini-tailwater below Georgetown lake. Mostly private below the dam, Clear Creek has excelent pulloffs along the side highway 6. Lawson, Idaho Springs, and the junction of I-70 and Clear Creek Canyon are great stops in the middle section for public access. The "Philly," (Philadelphia Mill), can be a good if uncrowded. The Canyon section is next, providing 20 miles of great water. Jefferson County Open Space has made some huge improvments in access along this stretch. TU's West Denver Chapter has done work in the Wildcat gulch area. Hatches for Clear Creek include midges, beatis, stones, mother's day caddis, PMD's Green Drakes, red quills, March Brown's, micro caddis, and October Caddis. Beetles, Ants, and Hoppers will take their share of fish.The Baetis hatches can be great in the canyon water and just above Kermits in the spring and fall. The nice thing about Clear Creek is that often a favorite attractor dry, placed well, that takes a huge number of fish. The Golden mile is nice water, but summer time produces an overwhelming number of people on the creek. Best fished when the temps are colder. Lower water east of Golden can be suprising for carp. Give Sunrise Anglers a call for more details and info.

Nearest Airport:

Denver Int. Airport


Ants, midges, baetis, pmd’s,Micro streamers, yellow Sally’s,more Baetis, brownstones, caddis GRASSHOPPERS

Best Time to Fish:

Anytime, summer heat suppresses hatches

Best Stretch:

Canyon ,,, temperature taken at Kermits

Best Access:

canyon pulloffs