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Lee Creek of East Muddy Creek of North Fork of Gunnison River Fishing Information
Main Section - near Paonia, CO
Lee Creek is one of those spots to fish if you’re driving on 133 on your way to a different river. There isn’t much public access, but there is a little to be had and you can spend an hour or two fishing to some pretty cutthroat. The fish are easy enough to catch if you throw an insect that matches the hatch for the day. The flows can get low and 5x and 6x is recommended as the fish aren’t large, but are spooky in this meandering small stream. A dry dropper is probably your best option on this creek and smaller bugs above a size 14 will often prevail over larger patterns.
You can fish this river from mid to late spring into mid fall. Though the creek experiences run off, due to it’s elevation and that you are fishing the headwaters of the stream, you can often fish it by late may without any issues. As runoff is at it’s peak on larger rivers, it’s usually done up here and can be a place to check out if other rivers are proving difficult. You can fish the crystal headed into the roaring fork valley, or head down and hit a variety of rivers including the north fork of the gunny and anthracite creek.
CAUTION: Protected Trout
A special note of catch and release is on this river as these cutthroats are protected. Please handle them with wet hands and use a landing net with rubber netting. It’s easier on the fish and cutties are notoriously fragile. Just cause it swims off does not mean it survives. Take special care to fish barbless hooks and to handle fish with care.
Fish: Some Small-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Small Freestone
Fish Types: Cutthroat Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the Gunnison River Basin near Paonia, 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: 2mph WSW
H 15 • L 14
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.
Lee Creek of East Muddy Creek of North Fork of Gunnison River Flies
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.
Lee Creek of East Muddy Creek of North Fork of Gunnison River Tips & Resources
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.