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Fishing Information

Bear Creek

12 cfs
4 mph
50 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated January 16, 2022 - 1:06pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update 1/13/2022--

Icy conditions have made fishing BC a challenge. Check back in the Spring.

In the meantime, we have still listed a few of our favorite patterns for BC below. BC is considered a small freestone, so expect to find a diverse selection of bugs upon closer inspection. The creek is full of small, turbulent pockets that require precise presentation in tight areas- we prefer the dry dropper or euro nymph approach here. Imitations for both methods are as follows. Bead head midges, mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies in sizes #12-18 are the most common sizes for a dropper nymph. Dry flies also vary in sizes- mayflies, caddis, and hoppers being the most common in sizes #8-16.

Historical River Flow

River Information

Bear Creek is a great spot close to Metro Denver, especially for those that only have a few hours to wet a line. This is 3wt water or smaller, so leave the big sticks at home. During the Fall and Winter months, productivity of the fishing will depend highly on the time of day and overall weather conditions. Fishing will be best from 11am - 4pm, particularly on the warmer and sunny days. Adverse weather will most likely create difficult conditions and potential high and off color water. This is a good year round option as Bear Creek will rarely freeze for prolonged periods of time.

Tips and Tricks:

"Lair of the Bear" is the most heavily fished area along Bear Creek. Explore a bit and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Seasonal Conditions

We love Bear Creek due to it's close proximity to our shop in Denver. Within 30 minutes, anytime between Spring and Fall you can fly fish on Bear Creek. In the Winter, it's probably best to look at tailwater options as everything tends to freeze over.

Additional River Information

Bear Creek at Morrison

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 12 cfs
  • Wind 4 mph
  • Temp 50 °F
  • High/Low 33/51

River access

- Town of Morrison
- Lair of the Bear
- O'Fallon Park
- Corwina Park
- Town of Evergreen

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