Current Conditions

Williams Fork – Below Williams Fork Reservoir

Flow: 40 ft3/s
Temp: N/A F
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Recent Reports

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 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast: Look for low flows and technical fishing. The Willies Fork is getting extremely low now…

Tips and Other Information:  The Williams Fork is fishing  fair ( at best) right now with the recent drop in flows.  Anglers can expect to see hatches of sporadic midges with the heaviest emergences occurring in the afternoon.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, or Black Beauty this time of year.  Anglers are still catching a few spawn-run brown trout that are entering from the Colorado River. The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range, however.

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.

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

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.