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North Boulder Creek Canyon Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Boulder, Colorado, USA

3 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $150 per guest

Just outside of Boulder, Colorado, you can enjoy 0.5 miles of fishing on the North Boulder Creek in Boulder County. This property offers up total seclusion where you can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the sounds and sight of the creek and canyon. The property is flanked by steep canyon walls with lots of rock outcroppings and a beautiful creek.

The creek is home to a variety of fish species, including brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout around the 6″ – 12″ range. The creek is known for its clear, cold water and its scenic surroundings, which make for an enjoyable but technical fishing experience. The best time to fish is typically between May and October. BWOs, caddisflies, and midge imitations are fly patterns that typically do well on Boulder Creek. This is pocket water/technical fishing, think 2-3 weight lines, and bring your shorter rods (6′ – 7’6″) and be prepared to use that roll cast.  Look for deeper pools and pockets behind rocks and on the edge of the banks. This is a great spot for a weekend getaway for fishing enthusiasts that are looking for a bit more of a challenge!

Be prepared for a bit more of a challenge to access the water. To get to the deep holes you will need to bushwhack through the willows down a steep bank. There are a few easier areas for you to shorefish around the cabin, house, and bridge but the area is tight and will require a shorter roll cast. The seclusion and beauty make this property worth the visit and is a place you can truly unplug and reset.

AWD/4WD with high clearance is recommended. You will be traveling down an unimproved dirt road with rocks and ruts. The last descent to the property is fairly steep to get down into the canyon. Please note this is in a remote canyon and you do not have cell service.

This property has a very basic octagonal non-insulated cabin with bed platforms that is available for you to rent to make a fun weekend out of your stay.  Propane fires allowed. No open fires.  You will need to pack in all water. No amenities are provided.

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.


Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.

  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flow report. There is no flow gauge for this section of the river.
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: May - October
  7. Recommended Rod: 2-3 wt shorter rods

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

5-Day Weather Forecast

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Reviews (4)

4.8 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.5
Location 4.8
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Brent B.
    September 19, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    This is a beautiful piece of water less than an hour from N. Denver. The small stream had brook trout in all the likely places, and they were happy to eat dry flies all day. It felt very remote considering its proximity to civilization. I didn’t see another person all day. This is the perfect zen, dry fly destination.

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  • Brenden
    August 23, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Great spot close to Denver. Access isn’t for the faint of heart but if you can get around decently, it’s worth a visit. Good water for a 2-3wt rod and dry dropper rigs. Feisty brook trout. Lots of fun!!

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  • Adrienne
    August 23, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    I had the opportunity to fish this property in May with the RareWaters staff. If you are looking to get away from it all, this is the place! High clearance is recommended for the drive in, once there you are immersed in the canyon and willows along the stream. You feels miles away from civilization. I am a novice angler but with the help of my team I was able to catch 3 trout. North Boulder Creek is a tight and technical creek, use your roll cast, find the holes and be patient. Be prepared to either wade in the creek or do some bushwhacking down the hillside for those that are a bit more adventurous.

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North Boulder Creek Canyon

Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.

Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.

Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.

Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.