Williams Fork

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Seasonal Reports
Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report:

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.

Seasonal Conditions

SPRING HATCHES – SUGGESTED NYMPHS AND STREAMERS

Midges: #20-22 Black Fly Larvae, #20-22 Manhattan Midges, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-24 Medallion Midges, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Tungsten Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Minute Midge, #20-22 Periwinkle, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Brassie, #20-22 Buckskin, and #20-22 Chironoflash.

Blue Winged Olives: #20-22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20- 22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Jujubaetis, and #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers

Caddis: #16-18 Buckskin, #18 Graphic Caddis, #14-18 Bead Head Breadcrust, #16 Mercury Cased Caddis, and #16-18 Tungsten Bead Mercury Cased Caddis

Streamers: #6 Lunch Money, #10 Olive Crystal Bugger, #10 White Crystal Bugger, #10 Pine Squirrel Leech, #6-10 olive, black, rust, and gray Meat Whistle, and #6-8 olive and rust Slumpbuster

SPRING HATCHES – RECOMMEDED DRY FLIES

Midges: #22-26 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, #20-24 Matt’s Midge, and #20-24 Hi Vis Griffith Gnat

Blue Winged Olives: #22-24 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Barr’s Visa Dun, #20-24 Blue Dun, #20-24 Mathew’s Sparkle Dun, #20-24 Cannon’s Snowshoe Dun, and #20-24 Hi Vis Baetis

Caddisflies: #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-18 Puterbaugh Caddis, and #14-18 Goddard Caddis

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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