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Report: CASE 3 Clear CreekFishing Report | Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Colorado Fly Fishing Reports - Courtesy of The Flyfisher Group


Fishing Conditions: FAIR

Report Rating: FAIR

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015

Colorado Stream Update: Clear Creek is looking good in beautiful Golden, Colorado. Now is a great time to take a drive up Clear Creek Canyon looking for beautiful wild brown trout! The fish are rising!

Current Conditions at Clear Creek:

Hit Clear Creek now before run off starts for some great early season fly fishing! Now is a good time to take a drive and clear your head for some excellent spring fishing. 7.5 leaders and 4x-5x tippet will have you covered.

Clear Creek is ice free and the fly fishing is great. Guides report that Clear Creek is on fire! Midges and mayflies are everywhere. This is some of the best action of the year on Clear Creek! The fish have not seen any pressure in months and good hatches of midges and blue winged olives keep the fish rising. The midge hatch is on fire on the local creeks! Our professional fly fishing guides recommend fishing a big dry fly you can see such as a Parachute Adams, for best results tie on a Brook’s Sprout Midge a foot behind your Adams. The water is high everywhere around Colorado’s Front Range. To find good fishing try hiking to mountain streams and lakes. Many of these streams are flowing at a fishable level.  The fishing is fair.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 36-39 degrees and Slightly Off.

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 36-39
Sky: Clear Flow: 81
Wind: None Clarity: Slightly Off
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Likely Catch

Species: Brown Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Male
Weight: 0 lbs 15 oz
Length: 12 inches
Girth: 4 inches

Current Insect Hatches at Clear Creek

Insect Type: Midge Micro Black Midge Larva Illustration Micro Black Midge Emerger Illustration Micro Black Midge Adult Illustration
Insect: Micro Black Midge
Color: Black
Size: 24
Time: PM
Insect Type: Mayfly Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Emerger Illustration Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Nymph Illustration Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO) Adult Illustration
Insect: Micro Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
Color: Dark Blue Olive
Size: 22
Time: AM

Recommended Flies for Clear Creek

Fly: Pheasant Tail Pheasant Tail
Color: Dark Blue Olive
Size: 20
Time: All Day
Fly: Stimulator Stimulator
Color: Brownish Olive
Size: 18
Time: All Day
Fly: Adult Midge Adult Midge
Color: Black
Size: 20
Time: All Day

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late April

Insects Color Dates Emergence Size Spinner Fall Illustrations
© The Flyfisher Group


American Grannom Bright Green to Greenish Brown Mar 1 -
May 15
Early Morning & Afternoon 10-14 NA
American Grannom Larva illustration American Grannom Emerger illustration American Grannom Adult illustration
Little Tan Short Horn Sedge Dark Brown to Yellow Mar 1 -
Aug 30
Sporadic 14-16 NA
Little Tan Short Horn Sedge Larva illustration Little Tan Short Horn Sedge Emerger illustration Little Tan Short Horn Sedge Adult illustration


Blue Winged Olive Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive Mar 1 -
Nov 15
Clouds & warmest part of day 16-18 Evening
Blue Winged Olive Nymph illustration Blue Winged Olive Emerger illustration Blue Winged Olive Adult illustration
Western Black Quill Purplish Black to Grayish Brown Apr 1 -
Jun 30
Mid Morning 14-12 Evening
Western Black Quill Nymph illustration Western Black Quill Emerger illustration Western Black Quill Adult illustration


Black Midge Blackish to Black Apr 1 -
Nov 15
All Day 18-20 2-3 Hours
Black Midge Larva illustration Black Midge Emerger illustration Black Midge Adult illustration
Chocolate Brown Midge Brown to Chocolate Feb 15 -
Dec 15
All Day 20-22 2-3 Hours
Chocolate Brown Midge Larva illustration Chocolate Brown Midge Emerger illustration Chocolate Brown Midge Adult illustration
Micro Black Midge Blackish to Black Mar 1 -
Nov 15
Morning 22-26 2-3 Hours
Micro Black Midge Larva illustration Micro Black Midge Emerger illustration Micro Black Midge Adult illustration
Snow Midge Gray to Charcoal Jan 1 -
Dec 31
Warmest part of day 24-28 2-3 Hours
Snow Midge Larva illustration Snow Midge Emerger illustration Snow Midge Adult illustration


Micro Black Dark Brown to Black Jan 1 -
May 15
38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day 18-22 NA
Micro Black Nymph illustration Micro Black Adult illustration
Skwala Stone Dark Brown to Yellow Olive Mar 1 -
May 15
38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage. 6-12
Skwala Stone Nymph illustration Skwala Stone Adult illustration
Winter Black Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown Apr 1 -
Aug 15
Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds 18-22 NA
Winter Black Nymph illustration Winter Black Adult illustration

Weather for Clear Creek

Current: 19 °F    Overcast     Wind: 11 MPH ESE
Current Condtions

Temperature: 19 °F
Humidity: 67%
Wind: 11 mph ESE
Pressure: 14.94 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%

Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecastSunny
High: 49 °F
Low: 37 °F
Wind: 5 mph E
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecastSunny
High: 60 °F
Low: 40 °F
Wind: 9 mph NW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecastSunny
High: 62 °F
Low: 42 °F
Wind: 9 mph NW

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