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Miners Creek Fishing Information
Main Section - near Creede, CO
Miners creek was a neat find along the Rio Grande Valley and became one of my favorite and most challenging small streams I’ve found in Colorado. Most of the small streams you fish that don’t have a lot of pressure or access become easy to fish in return with eager trout on every other cast and loads of them. This didn’t seem to be the case with Miners creek. The trout were weary and took several casts and a good presentation to fool successfully. This is’t easy with the dozens of trees, overhanging willows and technical currents they all created. This made every 10” brown or rainbow you caught very rewarding and enjoyable.
There are two sections to fish but we rolled them into one for now. The first is above rat creek confluence to miners creek trailhead. There are several pull offs and easy parking and access to the river. Once on the river it’s tough with all the foliage and hard to traverse. It’s slow going and only a few hundred yards can be fished in an hour usually.
The other section is above the trailhead to the headwaters where you hike in. This at least yields a trail along the river so getting on and off the trail is helpful in traversing and covering water. This is the majority of the river to fish and covers miles of pure public waters. The best fishing is up here, but harder to access due to the hike. Up to you based on your time and desire for solitude.
Standard dry dropper rigs are all you really need here, with a few small streamers in some spots where a dry is tough to get. Other than that, you’ll just need to brush up on your specialty casts, bow and arrow casting and side arm casts and double unders etc. Be prepared to lose a few flies to the trees and river banks and deadfalls in the river.
For the beginner, I’d recommend a different river. For the angler looking to test his skills in some solitude and chase some pretty trout, this is a sweet spot. There are easier rivers nearby, but this one is a fun challenge. Check it out, it isn’t a far drive up Miners Creek road, and decide if it’s right for you.
Fish: Some Small-Sized Fish
Best Techniques: Dries & Nymphs
Best Seasons: Spring - Fall
River Type: Small Freestone
Fish Types: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout
Dog Friendly: Yes
Located in the Rio Grande River Basin near Creede, 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: 18mph SSE
H 49 • L 47
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.