Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR
Crowd Rating: Somewhat Crowded
Somewhat Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 40-43
Sky: Clear Flow: 86
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: At 86 CFS, Clear Creek has one of the higher stream flows right now on Colorado's Front Range and is fishing great as we roll into fall!

Current Conditions at Clear Creek:

Nymph fishing the deeper holes and longer riffles has been producing some nicer than average browns. 7.5 to 9 foot leaders and 4x-5x tippets will have your terminal tackle needs covered. Dry and dropper rigs are a great go to during blue winged olive and midge hatches. Streamer fishing with smaller zonkers and wooly buggers is a lot of fun this time of year.

The fly fishing has been great, good hatches of Blue Winged Olives and midges will excite and challenge all levels of anglers. The creek has been producing some better than average this fall! Nymph rigs and streamer rigs have been producing big fish in the creek’s deepest slots. Try an egg pattern (size 16) trailed by a small midge or mayfly (size 18-20). The water is low and clear and fly fishing reports have been excellent. Use light tippet and longer leaders to avoid spooking fish. Use a light fly rod to make delicate presentations. A shorter three weight fly rod is the best tool for the job right now.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 0 lbs 9 oz
Length: 12 inches
Girth: 4 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Clear Creek

Insect Type: Midge

Insect: Chocolate Brown Midge

Color: Chocolate

Size: 22

Time: AM

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)

Color: Dark Blue Olive

Size: 20

Time: AM

Insect Type: Caddisfly

Insect: Micro Caddis

Color: Brownish Olive

Size: 18

Time: PM

Recommended Flies for Clear Creek

Fly: Black Beauty
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: All Day
Black Beauty Black Beauty
Fly: Flashback Pheasant Tail
Color: Brownish Olive
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Flashback Pheasant Tail Flashback Pheasant Tail
Fly: Juju Baetis
Color: Dark Blue Olive
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Juju Baetis Juju Baetis

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late September

Caddisflies

Insects: Green Sedge
Color: Olive to Gray Brown
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Morning & Afternoon
Size: 12-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Black Sedge
Color: Chocolate to Black
Dates: Jul 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Caddis
Color: Yellow, Orange or Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Oct 15
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: October Caddis
Color: Orange Tan to Grayish Black
Dates: Sep 1 – Oct 30
Emergence: Shallows, Afternoon & Evening
Size: 8-10
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Spotted Sedge
Color: Brownish Yellow
Dates: May 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 10-12
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Gray Drake
Color: Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Late Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Mahogany Dun
Color: Reddish Brown to Blackish Brown
Dates: Sep 1 – Oct 31
Emergence: Early Afternoon
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Late Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Pale Olive Green to Blue Gray
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Quill
Color: Reddish Brown
Dates: Jun 15 – Sep 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: September Stone
Color: Reddish Brown with Orange belly
Dates: Aug 15 – Oct 31
Emergence: Early Afternoon to Evening
Size: 4-10
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Terrestrials

Insects: Beetle
Color: Brownish to Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 10-18
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black & Red Ant
Color: Red & Black
Dates: Jul 1 – Sep 30
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Black Ant
Color: Black
Dates: May 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-24
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Cricket
Color: Brownish Olive to Black
Dates: Jun 1 – Nov 30
Emergence: Twilight & Dusk
Size: 8-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Grasshopper
Color: Green to Brownish Tan
Dates: May 15 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 2-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Red Ant
Color: Red to Orangish
Dates: May 1 – Oct 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Clear Creek

Current: 41 °F Overcast skies Wind: 9 MPH N
Current Condtions

Overcast skies

Temperature: 41 °F
Humidity: 61%
Wind: 9 mph N
Pressure: 15.08 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Cloudy skies<br/> High: 71 °F  <br/>Low: 51 °F <br/> Wind: 11 mph ESE
Cloudy skies
High: 71 °F
Low: 51 °F
Wind: 11 mph ESE
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light rain<br/> High: 54 °F  <br/>Low: 41 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph NW
Patchy light rain
High: 54 °F
Low: 41 °F
Wind: 9 mph NW
Saturday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light rain with thunder<br/> High: 56 °F  <br/>Low: 43 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph N
Patchy light rain with thunder
High: 56 °F
Low: 43 °F
Wind: 7 mph N