Good day on Clear Creek

Headed up to Clear Creek for the afternoon hoping the flows were down to a reasonable level.  The creek was running high but there was pretty good clarity on the edges.  I start at an old favorite low in the canyon and work my way up the canyon finishing at tunnel 3.
The first spot has plenty of fish checking out my fly but they just won't take it.  I finally put on a beetle and get a couple fish to take it, but sadly a number of fish were still refusing it.  I switch to a red Amy's Ant and get a couple more to hand before one snaps me off and take my only red ant.
I move upstream to a new spot above huntsmans gulch hoping to find a section of river that gets less pressured.  I choose a spot that has a pretty steep climb down to the creek but looks like some good edge fishing.  I run through a number of flies with no luck before I finally get one to hit a green Amy's Ant before picking up and moving on.

Last stop is at tunnel 3 and surprisingly I was the only car there.  I walk downstream a little so I can fish my way back up.  I run through a number of patterns again with no luck before I decide to tie on a bumble bee pattern.  I have tried this pattern a couple of times before but have yet to catch a fish on one.  Cross that off, had not caught a fish, until the six I caught working my way back to the car.  I call it a day with a dozen or so fish caught and head home.
Rod:  Iwana 12' 6/4
Line:  Furled 12'
Flies That Worked:  Amy's Ant, Beetle, Bumble Bee


  1. Thanks for the blog, I’ve been reading your blog off and on over the past year+ as I have delved into Tenkara myself. I have a couple of questions for you:

    1. What length of tippet do you typically used at the on end your furled line line? In know this question is dependent on the water your fishing, but a good reference point, E.g. 4’ of tippet would be good, as I only have fished TUSA Level Line and have a TUSA 12’ Furled Line that I would like to try to fish drys with.

    2. What camera(s) you using in the field. Obviously you are most likely using a GoPro for the underwater stuff, but was interested in your above water shots that you sometimes post process into HDR. I have a Canon 5DMIII, but that is unrealistic to haul with me on the water to capture some of my locations and fish (if I’m in luck that day). Any insight is appreciated.

    Thank you,

    1. Hey Eric, I typically use about 4 to 5 feet of tippet(but whatever you are comfortable with will work). The cameras I use are a Fuji film X60 point and shoot waterproof camera(16 megapixels) for the underwater shots and I sometimes bring my Canon T2I(Rebel) for the Landscape shots.


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