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: Gold Bead Caddis Pupa olive size 16, Tungsten Hare's Ear size 16-18, Mercury Pheasant Tails size 16-22, RS2 black size 18-22, RS2 olive size 18-22, Soft Hackel biot BWO 18-20, Bling Midge cream size 20-22, Ninja size 18-20, Smith's Tid bit size 20-22, Jaun's Flux Capacitor red size 18-24, Desert Storm red or chartreuse size 20-24
Dries To Try: Hippy Stomper yellow 12-16, Chubby Chernobyl black/tan size 12-14, Amy’s Ant olive size 10-14, KK’s Henneberry Hopper size 10-14, Griffin's Gnat size 18-22, Thorax Emerger PMD, 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 has increased in flow from about 60 CFS to near 300 CFS, in the last 4 days. This could make trout here unsettled for a bit until flows level out, but they can still be caught at these flows. If flows stay high then nymph rigs, heavier hopper-dropper rigs, and streamer fishing could all be effective techniques. If hatches of caddis, PMDS, Baetis, Tricos, or midges do occur then the go to dry-dropper emerges style fishing that is normally key here, should still be effective.
Muddy Creek has had consistent flows of about 60 CFS over the past week, and has been holding close to this flow for about a month. Water temps aren’t getting above 48 degrees for the most part, which will limit hatching insects to smaller far, such as BWO’s, midges, and Tricos. There could be a few PMDs, and smaller caddis around as well. Terrestrial insect are also an important food source here in the hotter months of summer, due to the large variety of grass hopper, ants, and beetles etc. that live in the surrounding meadows.
A dry-dropper rig has been a great way too present both of these food sources at the same time. However, some days trout are more focused on eating on the surface vs sub surface, so don’t discount throwing single or double dries either. Mosquitos are currently not quite as bad as they can be, but you will still want long clothing and lots of DEET.
Muddy Creek took a jump up to 100 CFS for several days last week, but is back down to 60 CFS now. Most of the water is being released from the bottom of Wolford Mtn. Reservoir, as the water temp has not been getting above 48 degrees. Terrestrial insect are an important food source here in the hotter month of summer, due to the large variety of grass hopper, ants, and beetles etc. that live in the surrounding meadows. Emerging aquatic insects are also on the trouts menu most of the time here, and we have seen midges, a few BWOs, small caddis, and a few PMDs hatching here
A hopper-dropper rig has been a great way too present both of these food sources at the same time. However, some days trout are more focused on eating on the surface vs sub surface, so don’t discount throwing single or double dries either. In other new MOSQUITOS ARE STILL TERRIBLE HERE.
Conditions here are very similar to those of last week. River flows are still holding about 60 CFS, with temps in the low 60’s. However it is always a good idea to check the temperature before fishing as it can spike into the 70’s rapidly if the bottom release from Wolford Mtn. Reservoir is shut off. Last week Muddy Creek did see one temperature spike into the 70s. A light weight dry-dropper rig is still the go to set up here, and mosquitos are still in full effect.
About 65 CFS of water from Wolford Mtn Reservoir reservoir is currently feeding Muddy Creek, and th water temps are in the low 60’s. These are good conditions to fish this piece of water, however stealth must be used as trout are spooky here at lower flows. Also the mosquitos are currently terrible at Muddy Creek, so keep that in mind if you plan to fish here and bring long clothing/DEET.
Terrestrial insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, and ants are a staple here during mid summer. Emerging midges, Mayflies, and caddis are also on the menu for trout, so a light hopper- dropper set up is a great way to present both of these food sources. Keep a low profile while walking or casting, and make sure to scan the water for rising trout before you put a line in the water blindly.
At about 100 CFS Muddy Creek is at a very nice flow for fishing at the moment. The most notable change in conditions here is the water temperature. For the past few weeks Muddy has been getting dangerously warm for trout, due to surface water being released from Wolford Mtn. Reservoir. We are now seeing water temps back down into the low 60’s, which means some water is most likely being released from the bottom of the reservoir again. Terrestrial insects (grasshoppers, beetles, ants,etc.), and small emerging aquatic insects are still the most productive food sources for trout at the moment.
A lightweight dry-dropper is a go to rig here. Consider fishing a small terrestrial pattern with a size 18-22 midge dropped off the back. Also remember that the mosquitos are worse than terrible here, so bring long clothing, bug nets, and 100% DEET.
The release from Wolford Mountain Reservoir is still being “filled and spilled” from the surface, which means water temperatures are much warmer than normal. The last two days have seen water temperatures over 70 degrees, so please carry a thermometer and stop fishing if temps hit 68 degrees, as trout get very stressed out when being handled at these temps.
During fishable temps we have been having success fishing small to medium sized hopper patterns with light emerger patterns trailing behind. Some success has also been had fishing deeper holes with a heavier nymph rig. On another note, the mosquitos have been quite bad so bring lots of DEET, and cover up.
Muddy Creek is one tailwater in the area that has slightly lower flows than most others, and is currently sitting at about 250 CFS. However Muddy Creek is a narrow river so 300 CFS is still on the high end of the spectrum. Another point to note is that the water flowing into Muddy Creek from Wolford Mtn. Reservoir is spilling over the top of the dam rather than released out of the bottom. This means water temps have been rising, and some days have seen close to 68 degrees. Make sure to bring a thermometer, and take a break from fishing if you see water temps get above 68 degrees.
Fishing has been good here, but we are getting into full on mosquito season so make sure to wear long clothing, face masks, and DEET when you venture into this area. Trout have been feeding most heavily on emerging Blue Wing olives Mayflies, and midges varying from black, to red, to grey. A few Caddis have also been hatching, as well as some Yellow Sallies. Never discount worms and leaches in this section of river either.
Muddy Creek is starting to get a bit high for its small size at about 350CFS. The good news is the water is being spilled over the top of the dam, which results in slightly higher water temps, and therefore more hatches of aquatic insects. Look for hatches of caddis, Baetis, and midges in the near future. Keep in mind that mosquito season is also upon us, so bring long clothing, DEET, and bug nets!
Muddy Creek is on the rise, and at about 100 CFS it is much more conducive to fishing then its normal spooky winter flows. The tailwater directly below Wolford Dam is easily accessible, while County Road 227 is still closed, making for a long hike into the middle public section at this time. Midge Larva and mergers will be the number one food source at this time, and are best fished on a light weight nymph rig or behind a dry fly. Golden Stonefly nymphs, Caddis larva, and Beatis nymphs are becoming more active as well, and will become more prevalent in the trouts diet.