A-14 Lower Michigan Creek

By July 21, 2013

Lower Michigan Creek A-14

Description: This scenic ranch in South Park affords two miles of pure meadow stream fishing for browns, rainbows and brook trout. Meandering through fields of grass and native cinquefoil, the creek averages 10 to 15 feet in width. It is easy to wade with a stream bottom of gravel and sand although some bend pools are as deep as six feet.

Location: Located a little more than an hour's drive from southwest Denver, this section of Michigan Creek is approximately 2.2 miles from Jefferson off of Litmer Road.

Capacity: 2 anglers or 3 if all in one group.

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

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Hit mid day on hot blue bird day, so it was tough. Good spot to bring my little kids from a safety and openness standpoint. Caddis were coming off around noon, and little browns were banging them! We fooled one with a hopper along a deep bank too. Note if you bring kids: the porta potty indicated in guide book appears to be old news...we couldn't find it. Flows were fine, although there is defintiely some skinny water to pass over (or have the kids play in!) :) ~ TommyL -- July 27th, 2016

Sunny day and plenty of surface activity. We caught nothing on nymph or worm patterns. However, the fish went crazy for dries, especially Elk Hair Caddis and tan Comparaduns. Between the two of us we probably had 30 to 40 on and most landed. On the other hand, only 3 were over 4 inches or so in length. The lunkers were about 6", 8" and 10". After so many smallies, the 10 incher felt like a barracuda. My guest was a little disappointed at first but soon got into the spirit of the place. End result, we both had a lot of fun. ~ Larry G. -- July 23rd, 2016

My son and I fished this property last Friday 7/31. We started fishing around 8:00 AM. The stream was in perfect shape with plenty of water and just a little murk. The water was cold and the action slow until around 11:00 when it began to warm up. We fished downstream to the fence and back up again. From 11am till 1pm we caught about 20 fish, mostly browns. We were fishing dry/beadhead combos. Almost all the fish were right on the banks. After lunch we fished the upper end. It clouded up and the fish were more active - caught bigger fish but no monsters. The best flies were a #14 beadhead hares ear and a parachute adams #12. We missed as many fish as we caught - any fish that was rising would come up for a well presented fly. We saw lots of oviposting caddis, mayfly spinners and Yellow Sallies, but no real hatch activity. It was a beautiful day, still lots of wildflowers around. Next time we'll go later in the day, walk to the bottom and fish back up. It is a lovely spot to fish and lots of fun. Bob Hesse #439,610 ~ Robert Hesse -- August 1st, 2015

The property was just as described, a beautiful meandering meadow creek full of browns. I spent an hour or so trying different rigs, both dries and nymphs, without success except a couple mild hits. But, when I tied on a Higa's SOS and little red annelid, things changed rapidly. Browns eagerly ate each of those flies when drifted in riffles. Not much luck in runs, although I probably needed more weight to get down. After lunch I decided to try 2 bead heads, a Double Standard with an Aero Baetis dropper. I caught about 6 in one run and had good success further downstream until about 2:00, when the fish just stopped feeding. The wind was coming up pretty strong so I left with 12+ fish landed and 6+ fish hooked up but lost. All in all, great day on a fun creek. ~ Larry G -- July 16th, 2015

Started around 9 with a dry dropper rig. The stream was high, not quite to its banks and just off-color enough to keep them from being too spooky but still feeding. In the AM, after trying a number of combinations, settled on a nymph rig and had most luck on a brown SJW, a BHFBPT and a sparkly soft hackle baetis. Caught 15+ all browns in the 6-13" range and one 16" almost all on the SJW. In the PM a strong hatch of size 18ish baetis started coming off and a blue-grey size 18 Parachute Adams had them leaping out after it. What fun. Another 10-15 in the PM. All beautiful browns again. Had most luck in the deeper riffles, and some tight to the cutbanks between riffles. Somehow managed to stay dry with rainclouds all around us- it was pouring in the mountains around South Park. Started in the morning by hiking down to the property boundary downstream, working back up to the truck for lunch, then on upstream, this took all day. Off the water around 530 and greeted in the parking area by 2 very friendly pigs, who were begging for food though they looked rather well-fed one of them stuck his nose in my shoe as I was changing out of my waders and seemed interested in taking a bite. ~ BH -- September 12th, 2013

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