Current Conditions

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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:  291 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for above average flows. Hatches will be blue-winged olives and caddis

Tips and Other Information:  The Williams Fork is a fuzz high, but very fishable. Look for sporadic blue-winged olives and caddis. Overall, fishing is good on the Williams Fork is you target the soft water margins. Its hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm trailed by a Buckskin or Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail during the high water season. Bring plenty of Deep Woods Off in the weeks to come!

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.