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

Two of us fished the upper lease, knowing there would be less action--five browns but one 16" and another 14" then ranging down to 10". Small grasshoppers were jumping everywhere in the walk to the water. We enjoyed ourselves viewing the remote and remarkable scenery on the drive in and on the creek itself. At 13cfs, reported, the water levels were about ideal, lapping right up to the shorelines. We tried the purple Adams, Zebra midge, beatis emergers, Juju midge (purple and black), yellow micro simulator, grasshopper, chartreuse copper john and the same color larva, ~ Gene -- June 17th, 2014

Perfect Colorado spring day. Arrived at property about 8:30 and fished upstream in the am, downstream in the pm. Did not see any real hatches (hoping for caddis- it was warm enough). Saw a few BWO's, a couple of egg layer caddis, and quite a few midges but very few fish up and nothing to call a real hatch. Most fish on black zebra and/or dark juju midge behind an attractor on a dry/dropper rig. Interestingly enough, they seemed to want purple for the dry (again, bright/sunny conditions) I only tied that on because it was in my hat and figured it wouldn't be eaten but.... Only about one in six or seven ate the dry. I switched that out after the first one did eat it and they stopped, put purple back on and bingo! Go figure. Stopped counting in the mid thirties. All browns from 5-13" and most with good girth seemingly wintering over well. Did see 2 rattle snakes and several garter/water snakes. Keep your eyes open as it could be a pretty good walk/hike back out from the lower section if you had a problem. ~ Gerry -- May 5th, 2014

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

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