Muddy Creek is a short but sweet tail water, flowing from Wolford Mountain Reservoir to its confluence with the Colorado River near the town of Kremmling. Public wade fishing access is available directly below Wolford Mountain Dam, or from a BLM road called Skyline Drive, just north of Kremmling. The private strecthes of Muddy Creek contain trophy sized Brown Trout which can be caught when they venture out of the protected stretches they dwell in. Along with trophy trout, Muddy Creek boasts the most award winning population of mosquitos just about anywhere in the United Sates. Seriously anybody who has fished Muddy during peak mosquito season will tell you it is worse than interior Alaska. Cover up, and wear bug nets if you plan to fish Muddy during mosquito season!
Despite its name Muddy Creek is normally very clear, and spooky. Use stealth when approaching the water, and keep your eyes open for sneaky trout. Small dries and emergers, or light weight nymphs are normally the best approach to fish Muddy Creek. Small to medium streamers can also be productive, especially during higher flows.
Nypmhs To Try: Natural Pheasant Tail size 18-22, Mercury Pheasant Tails size 18-22, RS2 black size 18-22, RS2 olive size 18-22, Soft Hackel biot BWO 18-20, Zebra Midge black size 18-22, , Ninja size 18-20, Smith's Tid bit size 20-22, Chocolate Thunder size 20-24, Jaun's Flux Capacitor red size 18-24, Desert Storm red or charteuse size 20-24, red Rojo Midge size 18-22
Dries To Try: Griffin's Gnat size 18-22, Purple Haze size 18-22, Parachute Adams size 18-22, soft hackel biot emergers in olive, grey, and black, Sparkle Wing RS2 grey, Brook Sprouts Midge size 18-22 various colors
Streamers To Try: Small leeches in black, olive, and wine. Crayfish patterns such as Meat Whistles in rust, or black. Small Brown, or Rainbow trout themed patterns.
Muddy Creek is another of the local tail waters that should be fishable all winter. It is on the low side of spectrum, flowing in the mid 20 CFS range. This will make fishing spooky, but fairly frequent midge hatches, and a few Blue Wing Olives should produce some feeding trout. The access road to the middle section may be closed, so a long hike would be required there. Closer access is available beneath release of Wolford Reservoir
Muddy Creek is fairly low at about 40 CFS but fishing well, and the mosquitos are not quite as bad with temperatures starting to get colder at night. lightweight, and short hopper dropper set ups have been effective with Trico, Blue Wing Olive, and Midge imitations.
flows are prime right around 100 CFS on Muddy Creek, fishing is good with a lighter dry dropper set up along the banks and in riffles. We are currently seeing Caddis, PMDs, Midges, and quite a few terrestrial insects near the water. Mosquitos are also out in full force so bring appropriate clothing and DEET.
Wolford Reservoir is still releasing from the the top, supplying Muddy Creek with a little bit warmer water than the bottom release does. Flows are on the decline though, and the water is very clear. There are nice trout in the system, but they are very spooky. A stealthy approach, cast, and drift are necessary in these conditions. A dry-dropper, or light weight nymph rig is the go to set up in this situation. A few mosquitos are out, but not anywhere near their full force. Muddy Creek is still a good option at this point.
Wolford Resevoir is in "fill and spill" mode for the time being. Water temps have gone up which should trigger more aquatic bug life to hatch. Higher water with a slight stain on it should make fishing conditions a bit less spooky than normal, this is a good time to fish Muddy Creek.
It is a good time to hit Muddy Creek, there are not too many "skeeters" yet, and the flow is high enough to reduce some of the streams spooky nature. Keep an eye out for the CFS to take a jump in the near future, as more water is released from Wolford. When this happens try worms, eggs, and streamers in back eddies, and in pockets along banks. Until then Maintain a stealthy approach, and fish light weight nymphs and emergers to visible trout, or likely lies.