Georgetown-In town Section
Georgetown is located about 40 miles west of Denver and a popular destination for mountaineers, casual backpackers and tourists that seek quaint mountain towns. This town has a lot of character and Clear Creek run right through the middle of it before entering Georgetown Lake.
(Above: Shot of the creek by Railroad Loop. Up ahead you can buy tickets to ride the train through a small section of mountains. Technically this area is 8615 feet above see level.)
Most of the water in the Railroad Loop section is swift and thin focusing anglers on other areas. There are still a few small slack water spots for the very determined. Working through the tackle bag I started off with small spinners and tiny minnow patterns.
(Above: Gorgeous little cutbow with orange\pink fins. This is a hybrid of the rainbow and cutthroat trout. Very technical area to fish with only a few spots worth plunking.)
Other sections of the In-Town stretch are less formidable and offer some decent slow or slack water spots. A few of these spots look very tasty before Clear Creek empties into Georgetown Lake. The access is fairly easy which opens this up to some heavy angling pressure. Seasonally this part of the section can get pretty crowded. Early start or a weekday run is recommended especially in the summer months.
Working the water and picking spots here and there I am picking up small brown trout in the 6 to 8inch range. Nothing huge but the light spastic tug makes me smile. Then I cast out and let the current drift the spinner under the overhanging tree section similar to the method I used on the Platte. Slow retrieve upstream and WHAM! A meaty tug develops on the rod tip and I am battling to bring the fish up current and out from under the trees. If the fish tucks itself under a rock or pulls too hard in the swift current it will be lost for sure. Luckily the fish turns into the slack water and was easily guided to my hand after only a few seconds of fighting.
The locals have a fishing philosophy that is meant to serve both anglers and fish in regards to this area. That philosophy is: “If you wish to take-hit the lake. But what is caught in the creek stays in the creek”.
Silver Plume Section
Tucked off of I-70 on a handful of very thin roads is the remnants of a reclaimed silver mine town called Silver Plume. Clear Creek runs through this area and offers a nice stretch of frontage road access along I-70.
(Above: Quaint town sign with a bit more effort and craftsmanship compared to most these days. How many towns advertise their Post Office along with a tea room and saloon?)
Rock structure has been moved to shape rollover dams, large riffles and small pools. This area requires a bit more technique, as the pressure is “serious”. By serious I mean the anglers are more methodical, proficient and educate the fish to their standard. Luckily I was able to convince a few fish to take a swipe.
(Above: Another fabulous cutbow with a plump stomach. You can barely see the cutthroat hash marks on the jaw by my fingers.)
For this section it is prudent to “ask before you cast” especially in the in town areas where you might be slinging gear on someone’s backyard. The locals are agreeable for the most part and willing to oblige. However, they do not tolerate trespassers and the non-respectful. With so many places to hide a body I suggest anglers tread lightly and ask permission in the Silver Plume section.
Once you cut back under I-70 on the frontage road you enter the area dubbed “The Chute”. The water is very swift and only breaks or slows down in a few spots. The spots that are fishable have been worked a few times by the afternoon. To do well in this section I prefer to be first in line and then work my way down.
Reaching the last stretch of the 9K sections I find myself dodging the afternoon rain showers. Most of the storms are fishable with some mild sprinkles but at times there were a few serious deluges that had me waiting in the truck. With one eye looking for flash floods, I start picking at the few decent spots of “The Chute”.
Throughout the day I could see a few patterns emerging. The cutbows were attacking the minnow patterns as where the brown trout were digging the small spinners. Numbers of fish were good but most lacked the size worthy of the shameless photo op. If you fish the 9K sections of Clear Creek go with respect for both the high country and the locals that dwell here.
My name is Matt and I’m a fishaholic.