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Hatch Chart

Food Type

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Mayflies

Midges

Caddisflies

Stoneflies

Damselflies

Grasshoppers

Crickets

Ants

Beetles

Key

Hatch is non-existent or not significant.  This is mostly due to the frozen conditions of the Park during these months.


Hatch is noticeable.  Early in the year, having a few basic flies in your box that immitate these insects is worth it.  Late in the year, be sure to carry these flies as hatches can be unpredictably present and are significant to a fish's diet.


Don't leave home without 'em!  Prime time for these insects, particularly terrestrials.

Seasons of the Park


December, January & February

March

April & May

Essentially, every water that contains fish is frozen solid in January.  Fishing outside of the Park below the town of Estes on the Big Thompson River is your best bet.

If the weather patterns give unseasonably warm days, some of the water in the Moraines can be open and fishable.  As the month progresses, there is open water at the lowest elevations, but trekking much above 9,000 feet may not be too productive.

This is the time of the year where the locals get excited to fish the Park.  Longer and warmer days open most streams up to 9,800 feet or so.  At the end of May, searching for ice-out lakes is a possibility, however there will still be plenty of snowpack above 9,500 feet, warranting snowshoes.

June

July, August & September

October & November

Snow pack will still exist the first half of June above 9,800 feet, trails will be slushy and slick.  Lakes will begin thawing rapidly during the longer days and plentiful sunshine. Ice-out fishing is prime.  By the end of June, summer conditions are in full swing.

This is the prime time in the Park, both for fishing and for tourists.  Expect easily accessible water to be...well, easily accessed by the surge in visitor traffic.  Planning a hike of an hour or two to reach higher elevation water will pay off.  Fishing a terrestrial this time of year is essential.

In early October, the crowds wain and the fishing remains spectacular.  You might find thin sheets of ice along the edges of streams and certainly on lakes, but by mid-afternoon they have melted.  Prime fishing time is from 11am to 4pm this time of year. In November, lakes will have started their deep freeze, but most creeks, streams and rivers are still fishable.

Download a PDF of the Hatch Chart below


Hatches In The Park If You Are Armed with Plenty of Terrestrials and Attractor Mayfly Imitations, You’ll have Loads of Fun Fishing All Summer.  Don’t Forget to Fish Nymphs and Emergers, Too ~ This is Where 90% of the Feeding Occurs.

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FISHING THE PARK

TRIP PLANNING

THE BOOK

MEDIA

AROUND THE SITE

CONTACT

Where to Fish

Guided Trips 101

Buy the Book

Podcasts

Events

Contact Us

Hatches

Backpack Checklist

Flip the Pages

Video

Sponsors


Fly Patterns

Weather

Media Reviews


About


Area Fly Shops

Licensing & Regs

Awards


Polls






Privacy