WA Hatch Chart Upgrade

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Taxon, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Rod Wittner

    Rod Wittner Active Member

    This is an extremely valuable resource. Thanks Roger.
  2. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Perhaps, but like an old dog, it may be too late to learn a new trick. ;)
  3. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Rod-
    Thanks for your kind words.
  4. Really cool Roger. It's probably even more helpful for newbs like me than the old hands. Really cool. Does this chart change at elevation or is it the same everywhere?
  5. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi F&G-

    The WA Aquatic Insect Emergence Chart is sufficiently generalized to accommodate elevation differences. However, emergence at a high elevation location in E. WA can be expected be up to two weeks later than its respective emergence at a low elevation location in W. WA.
  6. Thanks for the reply Roger. I'm surprised it's so little of a variance. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
  7. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    Thank you, Roger. Great source.

    I secured it to make a copy to put next to my vice.

    Great resource.
  8. tkww

    tkww Member

    BTW, the URL is currently not working...
  9. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi tkww-

    Thanks for the heads up. I called in the problem early this afternoon, and was told that all of the servers were down, and they had to be brought back up one at a time, and they had no idea how long it would take. Sorry about that.

    EDIT: Whew, after being down for approximately 36 hours, my website's server is finally back up again, hopefully for good. :D
  10. Russ Kendall

    Russ Kendall Member

    Thanks so much for all the time and effort in creating such a valuable hatch chart for the NW. We are very fortunate to have extremely knowledgable fly fishers as you on this wonderful forum.
  11. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Russ-

    Thanks for your kind words.
  12. tkww

    tkww Member

    Roger, I have a question. I think I see the answer, but I want to double-check: The different genera are listed in order of emergence date?

    One area I've been keeping an eye on in my own knowledge base is caddisflies. Granted, my perspective is heavily focused on be-prepared-to-fish-the-bug/hatch. So prevalence or likelihood of encountering is also at the forefront of my thinking. And timing/emergence is certainly a part of that(!!), as is the time of day--thanks for including that information on the mayflies and caddisflies!

    But I'm also wondering if there is any other indicators for how common a particular genus is. Obviously this could vary greatly from one body of water to another for any number of reasons, but in the overall scheme of things... Is it fairly safe to assume that the longer the hatch period, the greater the density or more likelihood of encountering through sheer numbers?
  13. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Nice chart Roger. I printed it off so I can hang it on a tying room wall.
  14. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi tdww-

    Yes, start of emergence within order.

    No, not really, as some intense emergences are quite short in duration. There is no good substitute for genera-level knowledge of emergence behavior, and for western mayflies, the best source for that knowledge is Western Mayfly Hatches by Rick Hafele & Dave Hughes.
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  15. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Good move, Bill. :)
  16. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    There are a few semi-local rivers/streams where your hatch chart gives tips on what to put in the fly box.
  17. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Bill,

    Not sure what you are saying; perhaps you could provide an example?
  18. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    We've got some semi-local spring creeks and also two freestone rivers.... the Yakima and Kettle where this chart should give tips on what to have in the fly box.
  19. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member


    It's a generalized emergence chart for all the streams and lakes in the State of Washington. However, it does have links to photos of the insects you should have imitations for in your fly box.