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Clear Creek

Clear Creek

Clear Creek is fishing fair at the moment. The Creek is murky and rising, things will only get worse until we are into and out of run-off season.   You should get out while the fishing is good.  The canyon fishes well, and through the town of Idaho Springs is good too.  Idaho Springs to Georgetown Lake along the frontage road can be a great spot to check out too.    Bugs of choice for me lately have been Putterbaugh Caddis and Orange Stimmies for dries.  Adams and Griffiths knats can be good too.  Sizes 14 and smaller are my go-to sizes....

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Clear Creek

Clear Creek

So, I fished Clear Creek Canyon the other day for a few hours. I landed four.  Just about every fish was on the Beadhead Rainbow Warrior.  Size 18 and smaller works well.  I did have one swipe at my Orange Stimmie as well.  Like usual, I was throwing a dry/dropper rig.  The majority of the river is pretty shallow, so I prefer the dry/dropper method most of the time.  Nymphing those deeper holes can be effective as well.  Brassies size 18 and smaller have been working as well.  Beadhead or not, it doesn't seem to matter with the Brassie, but...

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The Blue River

The Blue River

 I had the chance to fish the Blue River in Silverthorne recently.  The fishing has just been getting better and better, as the fish are already in pre-spawn.  I've seen fish paired up and a few males are even spewing "milk." I have not had any females spitting eggs yet. The river is low and clear and there are plenty of opportunities for sight fishing.  If you are like me, sight fishing is the name of the game.  The fish are actively going upstream in preparation for spawn.      Some flies that have been successful for are as follows: egg...

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Late Fall On The Blue

Late Fall On The Blue

I don't fish the Blue very often in the summer but when the weather turns cold, I find myself in Silverthorne a lot.  It can be a technical river.  Good presentation and tiny bugs often get the job done here.     Shrimp work well, I prefer a size 16 Mayer's Mysis.  Juju Baetis in black and red, size 20-22.  RSII's also work well in size 18 and smaller.  Black and gray are good colors to start with for the RSII.  Sight fishing is my preferred method here. The water is low and clear this time of year and spotting fish is...

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Chinns Lake

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Chinns Lake

I've been so busy working and fishing that it has been hard keeping the reports up to date this year! I visited Chinns in the last few weeks and it was really good as well.  There are some decent Brook Trout in there.  It takes a hike or a 4x4 to get up there.  But the views are gorgeous and the fishing is usually pretty good too.  But it is a high mountain lake, you can go one day and have a great day and the next you don't see a fish.  The late season high mountain lake an stream...

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