Cripple Creek (Ravens Cliff)

Stream Category: A

Wild Trout: None

Stocked Trout: Rainbow 

Other Species of Note: None


Dry Flies: Adams, Terrestrials 

Nymphs: Prince, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tails, Squirmy Wormies, Mop Flies

Streamers: Minnow Patterns, Wooly Buggers

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Wading Stick: No

Casting: Overhead, Roll, and Tuck 


The Ravens Cliff portion of Cripple Creek is not to be confused with the pay to play areas of Cripple Creek, even though the fishing (when stocked) is almost just as good. Unfortunately Ravens Cliff is just a very hard area to get to unless you live in that area. Don’t get me wrong, this freestone/sandy bottom creek is an awesome fishery, but the drive will drive you crazy. Also unless you have a local cell phone provider, do not expect to get cell phone and gps service here to get you back out once you are at Ravens Cliff.


When it comes to fishing, these fish respond well to nymphs and streamers. The best tactic is to sight fish from the bank, this way you are not alarming the fish of your presence, and cast a streamer or nymph in front of them. If fishing a streamer aim three to four feet in across and in front of them, making sure that you pause briefly when the streamer is in sight of the fish. If you see a fish turn to follow, speed up your streamer just a tad but not too much that the trout can not out run it.


Additional Comments:

As far as parking, there are several parking lots, just make sure that you don’t park in some of them that are fields unless you have four wheel drive. Also make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time to expect you to be back, as I have said earlier, this stream has little cell phone service.


One thought on “Cripple Creek (Ravens Cliff)

  1. Great fishery. several years ago, I spent a couple of afternoon spring hours fishing an adams dry #14 and lost count of the number of fish I landed. One of the very few streams in this area where I have witnessed a significant spinner fall. I was picking mayflies out of my hair! The water was erupting with fish all around me and didn’t catch a thing during the 20 minute event. Before and after was a trout fest! Also tangled with a few redeye which are fantastic fighters. Highly recommend this stream for some spring topwater fun.


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