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Fishing Report:  Deckers

South Platte River 

About the 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-winged olives, midges, Tricos, and red quills. Being a tributary of the Colorado River-spring and fall-spawn runs bring some “lunkers” into the stream. Ideal flows for the “Fork” are between 100 and 250 cfs. The regulations are flies and lures only and all fish must be returned to the water immediately. The Williams Fork is one of the prettiest places on the planet. This Williams Fork is proof that trout don't live in ugly places.

Suggested Flies
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech
Mayer's Mini Leech

Mayer's Mini Leech

$3.25
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm
San Juan Worm

San Juan Worm

$2.00
Sparkle Wing Rsii
Sparkle Wing Rsii
Sparkle Wing Rsii
Sparkle Wing Rsii
Sparkle Wing Rsii
Sparkle Wing Rsii

Sparkle Wing Rsii

$2.25
Top Secret Midge
Top Secret Midge
Top Secret Midge
Top Secret Midge

Top Secret Midge

$2.25
Top Secret Baetis
Top Secret Baetis

Top Secret Baetis

$2.85
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge
Manhattan Midge

Manhattan Midge

$2.25
Latest Report

UPDATED 5/27/24

Outflows on the Williams Fork are high at 392 as of Sunday (5/26), yet clarity is still good. Water temp was measured at 47 degrees at 1 p.m. on Sunday. You'll find midges hatching in the morning and some baetis into the afternoon. Given the flows, focus your drifts on the "softer" water and work deep in the water column with some extra tungsten putty. Streamers did not produce, but fish were caught on indicator rigs with a Mini Leech or SJ Worm, followed by an RS2. 

Seasonal Tips/Hatches

In spring, the Williams Fork River in Colorado offers exciting fly fishing opportunities as water temperatures rise and insect activity increases. Here are some effective fly patterns to consider for spring fishing on the Williams Fork River:

Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): These may hatch sporadically in spring. Carry patterns like Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns, or Pheasant Tails in sizes #18 to #22 to imitate BWOs.

Midges: Midges are prevalent year-round, but their activity may increase in spring. Use patterns like Zebra Midges, RS2s (Rim's Semblance 2), Mercury Midges, or Disco Midges in sizes ranging from #18 to #24.

Caddisflies: Caddis activity increases as temperatures rise. Patterns like Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, or Stimulators in sizes #14 to #18 can be effective imitations.

Stoneflies: Stonefly nymphs become more active as the weather warms up. Carry patterns like Pat's Rubber Legs, Hare's Ear Nymphs, or Prince Nymphs in sizes #10 to #14.

Attractor Patterns: Bright and flashy attractor patterns like San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, or Rainbow Warriors can be effective in catching the attention of fish, especially during runoff periods.

Streamers:
Larger fish might respond to streamers, particularly if the water is high and off-color due to runoff. Woolly Buggers, Sculpin patterns, and other streamers in various sizes and colors can attract larger fish.

As always, observe the water conditions, insect activity, and the behavior of the fish to determine the most effective patterns and presentations. Adjust your techniques throughout the day as conditions change.

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