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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:  274 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for good flows and excellent fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for good hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a fuzz high on the Williams Fork right now. Anglers willing to battle the higher flows are finding some good fish though. Anglers can expect to see good hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos. It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  If you target t he slower pools, tailouts, and riffles, you’ll find some good dry fly fishing. Bring plenty of Deep Woods Off, the mosquitoes are really, really bad!

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm,  #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge,  #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20  Sparkle Dun, #16 Pale Morning Dun, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, and #14-16 Yellow Stimulator

About Fly Fishing at Williams Fork Near Parshall, CO

This two-mile stretch of fly fishing paradise is also known as The Fork, and it’s one of the best fisheries in the west for brown trout. When the flow is normal or high, you’ll have the chance to catch some hard fighting ‘lunkers,’ particularly during spring and fall spawning runs. This tailwater below Williams Fork Reservoir is best enjoyed during normal or high flow, and it’s also a great tributary for those who would rather hike in and avoid the big crowds. Access to The Fork tailwater starts at either the Kemp Unit parking lot or the Upper Breeze Unit lot and both require a roughly 30-minute hike to the water. Be sure to stock up on water, flies, lines, and other important fly fishing gear so you can enjoy fishing without a trip back to the parking lot.

How’s the Fishing at Williams Fork in the Colorado Rocky Mountains?

For the two miles that the Williams Fork tailwater runs between the dam and its confluence with the Colorado River near Parshall, you’ll find an exciting variety of riffles, runs, and pocket water providing great fly fishing for all levels of experience and skill. Aside from the exceptional brown trout population, you’ll also find a variety of rainbows. Whether you’re looking to work on your nymphing, streamers, or dry flies, there’s a lot of opportunity here at Williams Fork River. Prominent hatches include caddis, blue wing olives, midges, tricos, and red quills. For any fly fishing equipment you may need, check out our online store or stop by our convenient location in Evergreen, CO. Williams Fork is also one of the many waters we guide on, and we invite you to join The Blue Quill Angler for your next expert guided fly fishing trip on The Fork.