A-9 Fourmile Creek near Cripple Creek

Description: Located between the towns of Cripple Creek and Canon City, Fourmile Creek runs through a scenic gorge called Helena Canyon. This 10- to 15-foot wide stream is a unique wild brown trout fishery often available to our members 12 months a year. The browns, along with a few rainbows, average around 12 inches although some larger trout reach 16 to 18 inches. Dry fly fishing in February is a real possibility on Fourmile Creek.

Location: 16 miles north of Canon City or 8 miles south of Cripple Creek

Capacity: 2 anglers

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
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Youth 1/2 Day
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Property Log Book Comments

First time fishing this property. Spectacular scenery !! The water was low and muddy with a lot of moss. Looked like there had been a pretty heavy rain storm earlier in the week. Part of the RMAC parking area next to the bridge was washed away. I caught 10 browns in the 6-8 inch range in four hours mainly along the stream adjacent to the road. I uesd a #12 Stimulator with a #16 red copper john trailer. Most hit the copper john. I started fishing upstream from the bridge and encountered a large beaver dam about 50 yards from the road. That may be why the downstream section is so low. The upstream section was filled with high water bank to bank and impossible to get through the willows on the bank so I didn't pursue this section. Storm clouds were starting to build so I didn't go to deep into the canyon but it was low and mossy the areas I did see. There are a lot of aggressive fish in this stream. I caought 10, missed another 10 and spooked probably 10 more. Lots of potential there under the right conditions. ~ Walt Jaakkola -- July 5th, 2013

The two of us caught 24 Browns between 8" and 13" about equally on "16 yellow stimulator and CDC RS2 #20 dropper. Along the creek, at the bottom of the canyon, the high temperature was 70 degrees. The temperature in the parking lot was 40-55 degrees. No significant hatches. Cloudy in the a.m., then clear from about 2 p.m. to the end of day. Wind started to blow noticeably around 2 p.m. and blew strong gusts in the afternoon. The trout were more active before 2 p.m. and then the catches became spotty in the afternoon. The water had a bit of color and Jimmy said it was flowing at 8 cfs. Great first time visit. ~ Gene -- May 24th, 2013

Had good day here last year in June and decided to return. Bad decision. Water is way too low and barely fishable. Fish held up in the deeper runs and not active at all. Saw many good fish up to 17" but the clear shallow water worked against us. The beaver are working in the section above the culvert creating some nice pools, but fish we extremely shy and inactive. This stream needs some water and a bit of color, which should start in mid May. ~ Mike Munro -- May 4th, 2013

I fished A-9 from 1100-1445 hours. The weather was favorable with light winds, sunny skies, air temps around 60 degrees. The flow was low but fishable, at around 3 CFS. I concentrated my efforts from the lower meadow to the upper boundary. Fish could be observed readily in the flats and riffles. As other members have noted, this stream contains a large population of fish. Landed around 15 fish for the period with several rose, hooked and lost. I noted that about 50 meters above the road an obstruction has formed from debris during the past months, esentially extending the length of the pool from the above riffle. Many fish were observed in the flats, however, they are not a pushover! I used both the #18 Olive Pheasant Tail BH, FB and a #18 Purple Pyscho Prince today. Fly pattern would probably not matter. Recommend additional RMAC signs be implaced at the main parking area, additionally some damge noted to the fence in that vicinity. PIcked up some trash and called it a day... ~ Tom Farrell -- March 31st, 2013

Trout were everywhere but easily spooked, as others have written. Fished from the parking lot upstream between Noon and 4 pm. Landed about 12 fish in the 8 to 12 inch range. Despite recent success by others, I could not get them to take any dries (tried Parachute Adams, #18 and #20) so I added a dropper: bead head nymphs (rainbow warrier, blue tung) and that was the ticket. Small plunge pools, beaver dams, and even the shallow riffles were the best action. The walls of willows keep you honest with your casting, only lost one rig. Pleasant weather, slight wind, partly cloudy and 60 degrees. The drive in from Cripple Creek was exciting - took 20 minutes to go 8 miles. Saw more cars than I expected (about 1 over 20 minutes). I hear that people commute up from Canon City to work at the casinos and mine near Cripple Creek. Would like to fish the lower section next time. ~ Mark K. -- March 29th, 2013

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