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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

Flow:  100 cfs

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives and a caddis or two

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges and a blue-winged olive or two. Target the traditional winter lies (slow, deep pools) where you’ll find the largest concentration of fish.  The water is cold, and the trout are still favoring the slower water.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing is fair to good on the Williams Fork. The bulk of the catch however is small fish. We are seeing lots of fish in the 6-10 inch range, a mixed bag of small bows and browns.  Thats not to say you won’t catch some nice rainbows, and the occasional brown over 14 inches, because you will. There are a few rainbows in the 14-18 inch range that have been willing to cooperate lately. Anglers should prepare for reliable hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts.  Look for the blue-winged olive hatch to intensify in the days to come. Currently it is sporadic.

Effective Patterns:   #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge #22-24 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22-24 Sparkle Dun, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams

About Williams Fork

The Williams Fork River is a top-notch fishery of its own. This beautiful fishery is nestled between the Williams Peaks and Middle Park and is truly a fly-fishing paradise. The two-mile stretch between the upper boundary of the Kemp Unit and the confluence of the Colorado River is a mixture or riffles, runs and pocket water with one of the best populations of brown trout in the “west”. A 30-minute hike to the river keeps the crowds to a minimum. Anglers can catch trout with a variety of methods including nymphs, streamers, and dry flies. The hatches include caddis, blue wing olives, midges, tricos, and red quills. Being a tributary of the Colorado River-spring and fall-spawning runs bring some “lunkers” into the stream. Ideal flows for the “Fork” are between 100-250 cfs. The regulations are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.