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: "The Whoopie" (tungsten bead flash back Hare's Ear with CDC soft hackel) size 14-18, Natural Hare's Ear size 14-18, Natural Pheasant Tail size 14-20, RS2 black size 18-22, Mercury Pheasant Tails size 18-22, charteuse Desert Storm size 18-20, Ninja size 18-20, Smith's Tid bit size 20-22
Dries To Try: Donkey Kong Hopper tan size 12, Fuzzy Wuzzy size 14, Hippy Stomper red size 12-14, Foam Body Caddis black size 14-16, Spotlight Emerger olive size 16, Griffin's Gnat size 18-22, Purple Haze size 16-22, Parachute Adams size 16-22, Matthew's Sparkle Dun yellow size 18-22, soft hackel biot emergers in olive, grey, and black.
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.
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.