Current Conditions

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Fishing Report: Williams Fork

Current Conditions

Flow:  72 cfs

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  High 30’s to low 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges. Target the traditional winter lies (slow, deep pools) where you’ll find the largest concentration of fish.  The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are prefect on the Williams Fork and fishing has been pretty good considering the time of year.  Anglers should prepare for sporadic hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts.  Anglers are catching a mixed bag of rainbows are browns. There is two feet of snow in the hayfields so plan accordingly.

Effective Patterns:   #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge #22-24 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury 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.