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. 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. Fishing Chalk Creek offers a good day of fishing and is an enjoyable small stream opportunity spring through early fall.
Accessibility: Easily accessible from a paved and dirt road. Some easy hiking.
Season: Fishable after the Spring run off, throughout the Summer, early Fall
Distance: 110 miles from Colorado Springs / 2.5 hours
Fly patterns: Small Blue Wing Olive, Elk Harris Caddis, Amy’s Ant
Fish types: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout
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