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Mill Creek of Cebolla Creek Fishing Information
Main Section - near Lake City, CO
Mill creek of Cebolla creek is a tiny little creek full of trout and is one of my favorite places I’ve explored over the years. It’s not much larger than 15 ft across at it’s widest spots and it just doesn’t seem to be a substantial enough river to hold trout, especially in these numbers. I think when I’m surprised by the productivity of a river, it leaves a mark in my memories and stands out.
Granted, this river really isn’t any different of a fishing experience than any small creek you get in Colorado or the front range, but it’s a long drive to access and often, things that you work harder for are more enjoyable. This creek flows into Cebolla creek which is also an excellent fishery and this area is a great time for camping and relative solitude. Nestled back in the center of Colorado away from most major areas, it doesn’t see a lot of pressure and the fish are eager to eat when the flows are good.
I saw just about every kind of insect that trout eat flying around and under rocks when I seined. This river is healthy which is likely why there are so many trout. I just used dry flies when I was there, but a dry dropper is a good idea. There are a couple small ponds that are fun to fish too and great for the kids as I believe they are stocked with rainbows. (the rainbows in here were being caught every cast which often indicates stocked trout)
Access isn’t very difficult but it’s a bit hard to bushwack through the foliage so be prepared for that. A small rod 3wt or under and 8′ 6” or under is preferred on a stream like this but any rod will work. If you’re going to this area, explore every inch of water, I have yet to find water that doesn’t have a trout in it. I think they call that paradise?
Fish: Many Small-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Small Freestone
Fish Types: Rainbow Trout, Cutbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the Gunnison River Basin near Lake City, 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: 6mph ESE
H 50 • L 42
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
Mahogany Dun: September to October
Colors: Red, Brown
Sizes: #10 - #16
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
Salmonfly: Mid May to Mid July
Colors: Orange, Red, Brown
Sizes: #6 - #14
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.