Fishing Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn

Rocky Mountain National Park - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

53

Sunrise Anglers's Tip of the Week

Trails are opening up daily, please check the park web page High country bite is on fire!

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Map of Rocky Mountain National Park

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Sunrise Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 7/21/21

Beat the heat, go high

Techniques & Tips as of 7/21/21

High stick tight water,,, rip out a bit more line on larger pools ,,, sinking lines work well in the high mountain lakes but a high floating line is all you need

Current Conditions as of 7/21/21

Beat the heat, go high

Local Species Available Spring, Summer, Autumn

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    Cutthroat

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    Brook

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    Browns

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    Rainbows

Sunrise Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Dave's Cricket Black 10-12
Tunghead Soft Hackle Hare's Ear Dark 14 - 18
PMX Peacock 14
Royal Wulff Peacock 10 - 18
ANT dark 12
Elk hair caddis Tan 14 - 16
Chernobyl Ant dark 12
Adams Dark 18
Orange Asher naranja 14, 18
irrisistable black 18

Dave's Cricket

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Sunrise Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Rocky Mountain National Park

The Northern Front Range of Colorado presents the angler an array of water from tight pocket to medium sized rivers, all within reach of Denver/Boulder area. Every blue line of the map usually means fish. The Rocky Mountain National Park has over 450 miles of fishable water alone. Many streams rush out of the Mountains rather quickly. A tight-line, high stick dry method, take fish on a consistent basis. On a majority of Freestone’s, the longer runs and deeper pools allow for longer casts and certainly hide more fish, but at times of the year, an angler may be able to step/cast/catch on any piece of water. Brown trout flourish in lower sections of the streams, with rainbows, cutthroats, brookies following upstream to the headwaters. The Big Thompson, The South Platte, North St. Vrain, South Boulder Creek, and Clear Creek offer tail-water options for winter. Our season starts with Midges and Winter Stones until the Blue Wings start to pop around late February to early March. Sporadic Caddis hatches give way to the mother lode, the annual Mother’s Day Hatch. This Hatch is long gone by the time the date actually arrives. Run-off hits around the second week of May in earnest, coinciding with Large Stones and Big Flies. Run-off can last until the last week of June to the fourth of July. Callibeatis on ponds and lakes, hone your skills in anticipation for the PMD, Green Drake, Flavs, Red Quills, and Tricos to come. Terrestrials take hold of the long days of summer giving way to the October Caddis and finally, Beatis that completes the cycle.

Nearest Airport:

Denver Int. Airport

Hatches:

Baetis midges and terrestrials Matching the hatch is critical when fishing close to the car

Best Time to Fish:

Any

Best Stretch:

Meadow stretch Fall River

Best Access:

Four park entrances