Williams Fork

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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

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Look for good hatches of Blue Wing Olives, Midges, and Sporadic Tricos

Tips and Other Information: Flows are decent to good right now on the Williams Fork. Anglers should prepare themselves for good a.m. midge and Trico hatches, followed by excellent bwo hatches in the afternoon. Right now it’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a Buckskin, Mercury P.T. , Soft Hackle P.T., Stalcups baetis or Sparkle Wing RS 2. Dry flies of choice are Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, and Mathew’s Sparkle Dun. Fall streamer action has also picked up as of lately. Smaller streamers such as baby gongas, leeches, mini dungeons and meat whistles.

Effective Patterns: #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20 Mercury Blood Midge, #20 Red Larva, #20 Pale Olive Larva, #20-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20 JujuBaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Comparadun, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 Parachute Adams.

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.

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