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.
Wolford Resevoir is in "fill and spill" mode fro 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.
Nypmhs To Try: "The Oprah" (tungsten bead flash back Pheasant Tail with CDC soft hackel) size 14-20, Natural Pheasant Tail size 14-20, Hare's Ear size 16-20, Sparkle Wing RS2 size 18-22, Mercury Pheasant Tails size 18-22, Flux Capacitor size 18-22, Ninja size18-20.
Dries To Try: Griffin's Gnat size 18-22, Purple Haze size 16-22, Parachute Adams size 16-22, Matthew's Sparkle Dun olive 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.