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Clear Fork of Muddy Creek Fishing Information
Main Section - near Hotchkiss, CO
The clear fork of east muddy creek is a tiny little stream I found nearly a decade ago. Full of brook trout, this was one of the places that made me want to keep exploring and lit a fire in me to fish as many places in Colorado as possible. If a muddy little no name creek could hold this many brook trout, it makes anything seem possible and any body of water worth exploring.
Though it’s name is the clear fork, it can easily become muddy after the rains. Dark and high-vis patterns and streamers will work well in those times, otherwise a skated dry fly will get those brook trout moving. I don’t know why but a skated dry fly always catches me more brook trout than a still dead-drift. They like the movement. Fishing downstream so the current can slowly skate the fly is a great option. Hike upstream as far as you can, then fish back downstream.
Just about any fly will work here, or at least did for me when I went. It was a 40 fish day easy and that was with my wife spraining her ankle mid day and me having to call it quits to attend to her. (note to self, don’t jump off the banks into the river off a 6ft ledge, you can actually roll your ankle, crazy right?)
There are camping spots around the area that are unimproved/dispersed areas but no other facilities. It’s out in the bush, but if that’s your type of thing, you’re gonna love this place.
Fish: Many Small-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Small Freestone
Fish Types: Brook Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the Gunnison River Basin near Hotchkiss, CO
Fishable Seasons & Current Weather
The best seasons to fish this river are Spring - Fall. See the current weather reports for the next 5-6 days listed below for the nearest city.
wind: 14mph SE
H 46 • L 45
Weather from OpenWeatherMap
Knowing what flies to use is only have the battle. You have to know when the insects are active on the water and when it's likely the trout are feeding on them. Refer to our hatch charts below to understand when the insect categories and some of the possible hatches on the river.
Midges hatch year round, but their importance is from September through winter into April. During the warmer months, the trout often focus on larger insects as they are more active on the water like mayflies, caddis and stoneflies.
Aside from Blue wing olives, mayflies are active most commonly from May to August in Colorado. There are many different mayfly hatches found on most rivers and the most common are listed below.
Blue Wing Olive: September throut winter to April
Pale Morning Dun: June to Mid September
Colors: White, Yellow
Sizes: #14 - #20
Green Drakes: June to August
Sizes: #8 - #14
Caddis hatch starting early in May and continue to the end of October.
Colors: Olive, Green, Yellow, Tan, Orange, Brown and Black.
Sizes: #10 - #20
We have some great stonefly hatches in Colorado and while not all rivers carry all species of salmonflies, you can often fish stonefly adult patterns with confidence from May to September. Start off in bigger sizes and get smaller till September hits (size 8 - 16)
Little Black Stone: January to May during warm sunny days.
Colors: Black, Grey
Sizes: #16 - #20
Golden Stone: June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #8 - #14
Yellow Sally Stonefly: Mid June to August
Colors: Yellow, Tan
Sizes: #12 - #18
Terrestrials don't hatch since they are out of the water, but they can have importance starting in Mid April and ending in September.
These are the the top flies we sell for this river. Use the hatch chart above to know what flies you will want to have in your fly box during your adventure on the river and then select the flies here 30 days before your trip to get them at a great price. All of our flies are hand tied to each order to ensure quality and to keep our prices low for you.
Click on a fly below to select a size and color for purchase.
If you need an easier solution than selecting each fly and size, try out our top fly assortments for this river that will put all the flies you need in a single order for this river. We've already selected the flies we use in our fly box for this river including the sizes and colors and put them in these assortments so you can fish with the confidence that you have the right flies in your box.
Click on any of the pictures to see what flies, colors and sizes we recommend in each assortment.
Use these epic resources to get ready for your adventure. Whether you're planning your trip, learning your insects, improving your fishing with expert tips or getting detailed resources from the USGS streamflows or DoW, we got you covered to help you find the river and find the success you want.