Clear Creek is a narrow, mountain stream that begins in the snow-capped Trinity Divide and runs more than fifteen miles through a rugged canyon before it ever hits a paved road.
Much of this property is on the Kutras Ranch, protected behind locked gates since the gold rush, and opened for the exclusive use of The Fly Shop® clientele for the first time in 1989. We have been associated with the ranch owners (Kutras Family) since the 1960’s and have had the pleasure of fishing there from time to time since then. You can imagine our joy when the family asked The Fly Shop® if we would like to develop a private water program there. It has been one of our venues since the early 1990’s. Just recently the family asked us to take a more active role in managing the fishing program and we eagerly agreed. We are going to be working all winter and spring to make an already great fishery even better. What fun!
In the center of the ranch, less than an hour from The Fly Shop®, there are 3 cabins for guest use. They’re isolated from one another and when you rent one of the cabins it comes with the exclusive use of two miles of the stream. The Upper and Lower Cabins have comfortable bunks, and are furnished with a propane stove top, utensils, dishes, pots and pans, and picnic table insides, as well as a gas barbecue and deck chairs plus benches on the deck outside. There are flush toilets and showers only steps away from each of these cabins. The Middle Cabin is the owners’ cabin and has an upstairs loft with two twin beds. and a fold-out couch on the main floor. The bath room is inside this cabin. The downstairs area is quite spacious and most or our big groups do all their cooking and eating here. There is a gas-fired fireplace, a swamp cooler and a remote start generator for lights. A propane refrigerator and micro wave oven round out the middle cabins amenities. You just need to bring food, a sleeping bag or blankets, pillow and fishing gear and you will be ready for a most enjoyable experience.
Clear Creek has a variety of water. Long, open pools, riffles, and pocket water lined with trees. There is classic dry fly fishing almost every day of the season in the bigger pools and one can ply the shallower water in between with bushy dry flies. Nymph and streamer fishing fill in the rest of the time. Expect the highest water levels in June and the warmest weather in August. Whatever the conditions, the trout are always there.
There are numerous small, spring fed tributaries and several springs on the property adding cold water to the creek and keeping Clear Creek in fishable condition all summer. Fish and Game biologists tell us it’s a very rich system with excellent populations of Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Mayflies, Midges, Terrestrials, and awesome numbers of baitfish, all resulting in a healthy population of trout from minnows to 20″ plus monsters.
The ranch road parallels the stream in places and there is a well developed trail system offering easy access to most of the three beats. Some sections of the creek are open and easy to cast and get around in, other sections are completely tree lined and require wading and fishing from somewhere in the stream, and a lot of water is somewhere between these two extremes. In all cases there will be lots of tempting targets, and you should never see another fisherman outside your group during the stay at this idyllic mountain stream.
Clear Creek is a popular, remarkable summer and fall fishing destination. Cool and quiet, with reliable dry fly and nymph fishing all season long. Early reservation requests are suggested. The cabins can accommodate up to four people, making it ideal for families or small groups. Groups of four fishermen can have two beats to fish and if your group is 6 anglers or more the entire ranch is yours.
It is a solitary experience that is truly far from the maddening crowd