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Muddy Creek - Below Wolford Reservoir - Colorado

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Winter Stoneflies Warmest part of day #16-20 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
April Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
June Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
Green Drakes Midday to afternoon #10-14 Green Drake Dun, Green Drake Nymph
PMDs (Pale Morning Dun) Midday #14-18 PMD Emerger, PMD Dun
July Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
Green Drakes Midday to afternoon #10-14 Green Drake Dun, Green Drake Nymph
PMDs (Pale Morning Dun) Midday #14-18 PMD Emerger, PMD Dun
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
August Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Terrestrials All day #10-16 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
September Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Terrestrials All day #10-16 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
October Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Terrestrials All day #10-16 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
November Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
December Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

If you’re a passionate fly fisher, the section of Muddy Creek below Wolford Reservoir is a must-visit. Here are some the best fishing spots worth checking out:

  • Radium Recreation Site: This access point offers a plethora of fish species, making it a popular choice.
  • Trough Road: This spot is a favorite for its convenient roadside fishing experience.
  • Muddy Pass: Offering stunning aesthetics along with good fishing, this spot is perfect for those seeking tranquility.
  • Hot Sulphur Springs: Recognized for its warm waters, this spot is ideal for winter fly fishing.

Remember, different spots offer varying fishing conditions and species. Always familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations, and practice catch and release to help maintain healthy fish populations.

Best Access Points

The Muddy Creek, below Wolford Reservoir, provides an exceptional experience for passionate fly fishers. Following are some of the best access points:

  • Wolford Campground Access: Located immediately below the Wolford Mountain Reservoir Dam, this access point is excellent for a rewarding fishing experience.
  • Kremmling Town Water Access: Located downstream of Wolford, this public water access area in Kremmling offers excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Blue Valley Ranch: Situated a bit further downstream, this private property grants access to a portion of the stream for a fee.

It is essential to check local fishing regulations before head out and respect private property surrounding public access areas. Utilising these access points will turn the fly fishing excursion into an unforgettable affair.

Local Fish

  • Mountain Whitefish: Known for their large size, they are a favorite among fly anglers on the Muddy Creek.
  • Brown Trout: The Creek is noted for its abundant population of this species. They often stray close to the bank, making them an easy target for fly anglers.
  • Rainbow Trout: This species of trout is also found in large numbers and is usually one of the primary targets for anglers.
  • Brook Trout: Though smaller in size, the Brook Trout found in Muddy Creek offer a challenging fight for fly anglers.
  • Cutthroat Trout: The native Cutthroat Trout are usually caught in the upper sections of the creek.
  • Arctic Grayling: This fish is targeted for its beautiful colors, and they are present in good numbers in the deeper pools.
  • Colorado Pikeminnow: These are found in the creek and are known for their aggressive feeding habits, making them a thrill to catch.
  • Northern Pike: This predatory fish often lurks in deeper holes and under overhanging vegetation. A favored game species for many fly anglers.

About The River

The Muddy Creek, located below Wolford Reservoir, is a sparkling gem rich in historical significance. The area, once traversed by indigenous tribes like the Ute and Arapaho, served as a hunting and fishing ground.

Wolford Reservoir, constructed in mid-1995, became the lifeblood of Muddy Creek, helping to regulate the water flow, fostering a healthier ecosystem.

  • 1840s: The area witnesses an influx of gold prospectors during the Gold Rush era. Muddy Creek’s landscape undergoes significant change.
  • 1880s: Ranching takes off in the region, contributing to its economic development.
  • 1990s: The construction of the Wolford Reservoir breathes new life into Muddy Creek.

Today, Muddy Creek below Wolford Reservoir is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, loved for its abundant fish species and scenic beauty, carrying echoes of its fascinating past within its rippling waters.

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