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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

Water Temperature:  Mid 40’s on the upper, upper 40’s near confluence

14 Day Forecast: Look for reliable hatches of midges, PMD’s, Blue Winged Olives, Tricos, and Red Quills

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are really low on the Willies Fork.  Currently anglers are catching a few small browns and the occasional medium-sized rainbow.  Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of midges, blue winged olives, red quills, and Tricos.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm, trailed by a size 18 Buckskin, Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, or Sparkle Wing RS 2 right now.

Effective Patterns:  #14-16 San Juan Worm, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #18- 20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Parachute Adams, #24 Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, and #16 AK’s Red Quill.

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