decade ago Muddy Creek lived up to its name. From its origin near Muddy Pass it meandered through easily eroded shale that gave the stream its chocolate milk appearance and its name.
That changed in 95 with completion of Wolford Mountain Reservoir. Muddy Creek became a clear flowing stream below the dam. Rainbows and browns were stocked in the reservoir. Some made it through the gate, while others made their way up from the Colorado. Stocking on private water also could have increased trout numbers.
Between the dam and Kremmling, Muddy offers four or five miles to fish. Two sections of BLM property are open to the public. A stretch of ranch land is leased by Rocky Mountain Angling Club.
To reach its full potential some improvement work is in order. Few trees line the banks and a few boulders here and there could provide some trout cover and holding water. Even with this, though, the fishing is clearly pretty decent.
Rainbows to five pounds have been reportedly taken in the tailwater pool. Downstream, fish of 14 to 16 inches are not unusual. Muddy Creek has no special regulations. Flies are productive. In the summer months tie on a grasshopper imitation. Midges may be the most common aquatic insects but the usual mayfly patterns are also productive.
A mile north of the junction of U.S. 40 and State Highway 134 is a privately operated campground. Electric hookups are available for RVs, and water tanks can be filled at a central location. Other facilities include a dump station, rest rooms, and boat ramp.
The stream has two public access points. County Road 227 leads to the lower BLM section. Four-wheel drive is essential after a rain. The south entrance to the reservoir leads to a parking area near the dam, which is free.
Motels and an RV park can be found in Kremmling.