Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Williams Fork River

The Williams Fork is one of the prettiest places on the planet.  This stretch is proof that trout don’t live in ugly places.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 30’s to lower 40’s

Hatches: Midges and a sporadic blue-winged olive or two

14 Day Forecast: Look for sporadic hatches of midges and blue-winged olives. The best fishing is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Look for trout to be holding in the slow, deep runs and pools where they can obtain the largest quantity of food, while expending the least amount energy. Stay away from fast riffles and runs as these areas tend to have fewer fish.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows remain low in an effort to refill Williams Fork Reservoir. Due to a low snow pack, look for low flows much of the spring. I expect Denver Water to lower it more, once the Colorado River experiences spring run off. Anglers can expect to see hatches of sporadic midges with the heaviest emergences occurring in the afternoon. Target the slower runs and deeper pools where the fish are stacked up. Finding a feeding fish is your greatest challenge right now.  Egg midge combos are your best bet right now.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20-22  Sparkle Dun, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and size 24 Parachute Adams.