Rocky Ford Creek is one of the Pacific Northwest's premier spring creeks. Located near Ephrata, in Central Washington's Columbia Basin, Rocky Ford offers Washington's best stream fishing for large Rainbows. Since Rocky Ford is a spring creek, trout food is abundant, water temperatures remain pretty constant year around and trout remain active 365 days a year. Rocky Ford is Fly Fishing only, catch and release, no wading, no floating devices, barbless and no lead.
Low water flows in the faster, freestone section below the lower hatchery diversion have significantly hurt the hatches in this stretch, this includes Sulfers, Tricos, BWOs, PMDs, Caddis and Mahogany Duns. Slow water Hatches above the diversion remain strong, this includes Callibaetis, Midges and Damsels.
March and April: Scuds, Midges and Blue Winged Olives
May and June: Scuds, Midges, Sulfers, Callibaetis, Tricos, PMDs, Damsels, Caddis and Terrestrials.
July and August: Scuds, Midges, Callibaetis, Tricos, PMDs, Damsels, Caddis and Terrestrials.
November through February: Scuds, Midges and occasional BWOs.
September and October: Scuds, Midges, BWOs, Callibaetis, Damsels and Mahogany Duns.
Leaches and Dragonfly nymphs are also abundant in Rocky Ford. The best dry fly fishing currently is the Callibaetis hatch May through Sept. and Terrestrials in the summer. Midges can present challenging dry fly opportunities year around.