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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:  278 cfs

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic caddis, red quills, blue-winged olives, and Tricos

14 Day Forecast: Look for good flows and excellent fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for good hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, blue-winged olives and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a fuzz high on the Williams Fork right now. Anglers willing to battle the higher flows are finding some good fish though. Anglers can expect to see good hatches of Midges, caddis, red quills, and Tricos. It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  If you target t he slower pools, tailouts, and riffles, you’ll find some good dry fly fishing.

Effective Patterns:  #14 San Juan Worm,  #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge,  #20-22  Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #20  Sparkle Dun, #16 Pale Morning Dun, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, and #14-16 Yellow Stimulator

Fishing 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:  100 cfs

Clarity: Good

Water Temperature:  Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges, sporadic blue-winged olives and a caddis or two

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see reliable hatches of midges and a blue-winged olive or two. Target the traditional winter lies (slow, deep pools) where you’ll find the largest concentration of fish.  The water is cold, and the trout are still favoring the slower water.

Tips and Other Information:  Fishing is fair to good on the Williams Fork. The bulk of the catch however is small fish. We are seeing lots of fish in the 6-10 inch range, a mixed bag of small bows and browns.  Thats not to say you won’t catch some nice rainbows, and the occasional brown over 14 inches, because you will. There are a few rainbows in the 14-18 inch range that have been willing to cooperate lately. Anglers should prepare for reliable hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts.  Look for the blue-winged olive hatch to intensify in the days to come. Currently it is sporadic.

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