Chalk Creek runs through the Chalk Creek valley about ten miles south of Buena Vista and joins the Arkansas River at the town of Nathrop, Colorado. There are many pockets and stretches of fishable water all the way up the heavily wooded canyon, but fewer anglers are found upstream from the historic ghost town of St. Elmo. Fishing Chalk Creek offers a good day of fishing and is an enjoyable small stream opportunity from late Spring through the early Fall.
Accessibility: Easily accessible from a paved and dirt road. Mostly easy hiking on a wide trail or dirt road along the creek. Chalk Creek holds quite a bit of water, so in some places wading can be more challenging.
Distance: 110 miles from Colorado Springs / 2.5 hours
Season: Fishable after the Spring run off, throughout the Summer
Fly patterns: Hopper patterns, Elk Hair Caddis, Amy’s Ant, Yellow Humpies, Small Blue Wing Olives, Beadhead droppers.
Fish species: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Rainbow Trout
Fishing Regulations: Standard Colorado
Techniques & Tips: Dries, dry/droppers and nymphs all are good at various times. As with any small stream opportunity, you’ll want to keep moving to cover a lot of water. You’ll find productive holes and, of course, you’ll want to fish them. Don’t linger too long. Continue to move up or downstream to find more fish.
Kids: It depends on where you access the creek. In more open, shallow areas, kids would be fine. But sections of the creek hold more and swifter water so extra care must be taken when fishing with kids.
Additional Information: Get a good map and be aware of the public vs. private access to Chalk Creek. Fewer anglers head upstream from St. Elmo and some great fishing can be found there. Mt. Princeton Hot Springs are nearby for some post-fishing relaxation.
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