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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:  Upper 40’s to low 50’s

Hatches: Midges, and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast: Look for above average flows and fair to good fishing for weeks to come. Anglers should plan for hatches of midges, and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  Flows are a still a bit high on the Williams Fork right.   Denver Water continues to lower the reservoir to conduct maintenance on the valves. Fishing has been fair as of late with the high water.  The biggest challenge is getting around and getting down to the fish. Anglers can expect to see hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.  It’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm or egg pattern trailed by a #18 Buckskin and a #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail this time of year.  Anglers are picking up a few spawn-run brown trout.  The biggest catch has been resident trout in the 10-14 inch range.  Crowds have been extremely heavy as of late.

Effective Patterns:  #14 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, #16 AK’s Red Quill, and size 24 Parachute Adams.

Notes:  There are several moose in the area so keep your wits about you at all times! These animals are dangerous and unpredictable so keep an eye out for them!

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