FLOW: 50 cfs
ROD: Redington Pursuit 8’6” 5wt
Boulder Creek is a quant little stream that flows right through the heart of Boulder, Colorado. You can even fish for and catch trout right in the middle of town. I, however, ventured just outside of Boulder to wet my line.
I’ve fished Boulder Creek twice now and had two very different experiences. My first time on the water, the fish were very aggressive and it was hard not to catch them. My second trip out was considerably slower but I still caught fish. Close to the city of Boulder the creek is dominated by brown trout so if you want to catch something else you’ll have to venture further upstream.
The creek does have some decent runs and a few deceptively deep pools here and there but the majority of the section I fished was pocket water. Despite some decent pools you’re not going to catch any trophies here. Most of the fish I landed where in the 4” – 6” range. I did land one fish that was about 8” and it had the hooked jaw of a mature adult so I doubt you’ll land many over 10”. But what they lack in size they make up for in number and wiliness to take a fly.
I had equal success with my dry fly and my nymph during both of my trips so the fish appear to be very opportunistic feeders. There isn’t a great deal of current so tread lightly as the fish will spook easily. The close proximity to Boulder also means the creek gets a lot of fishing pressure so you’ll have to have a good presentation as these fish have seen it all before. The creek also has a lot of trees lining its banks so come prepared to roll cast.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a trophy or anything substantial to write home about you’re not going to find it in Boulder Creek. However, if you just want to get out on the water and catch a few trout it’ll work just fine. If you’re lucky enough to live close to Boulder, like I do, it’s also perfect for quick fishing trips after work. So don’t be afraid to give Boulder Creek a try, I promise you’ll enjoy your time on the water.
Until next time, happy fishing!
– A. Egli