Boulder Creek Fly Fishing

By Andre

By Andre Egli

DATE: 10/30/15

FLOW: 50 cfs

ROD: Redington Pursuit 8’6” 5wt

SET UP: 9’ leader with a dry/dropper rig (Adams Wulff and a Bead Head Hare’s Ear)


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.

Boulder Creek – Boulder, CO

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.

Not the 8″ fish.

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.

Boulder Creek

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

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  1. Hi Andre, As a college student at the University of Colorado back in the mid 1980’s, I used to walk up Boulder Creek from my apartment. Lots of rainbows, an occasional brown, and I usually had the entire stream to myself. Back then the fish were generally 10″ – 12″ stockers, and there were usually a lot of them as the stream was very lightly fished in those days. Down in the city, there were a few really large browns. Good memories. Glad to see the water again and know their are still trout there! Thanks for this post. Jack


  2. Jack,
    Glad you enjoyed the post! Sounds like you have more time on Boulder Creek than I do. We just moved to the area but I’ve enjoyed my time on the water so far. I think the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department has really cut back on their stocking in recent years. That combined with the growth of Boulder has probably lead to the smaller fish. I’m sure I’ll be back out on Boulder Creek soon and I hope to catch one of those big browns you remember so fondly!
    All the best,


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