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Williams Fork

14 Day Forecast: Look for reliable hatches of midges, Tricos, red quills, and blue winged olives

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 JujuBaetis, #14 San Juan Worm, #16 Soft Hackle P.T., #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #22 Stalcup's Baetis, #18-20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #18 Buckskin, #14 San Juan Worm, Stalcup's 24 CDC Biot Comparadun (Trico), #16 AK's Red Quill, 16 Elk Hair Caddis, #20 Mathew's Sparkle Dun, and #20 Parachute Adams.


Fly Fishing Conditions & Tips from Pat Dorsey for the Williams Fork River

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.

Tips & Other Information:

Flow are good, if not slightly high on the Williams Fork.  Unfortunately Williams Fork Reservoir is dropping quickly, in fact, its already 25% down from full pool.  Anglers should prepare themselves for good a.m. midge and Trico hatches, followed by excellent “olives” and red quills in the afternoon. Right now it’s hard to go wrong with a San Juan Worm trailed by a Buckskin, Mercury P.T. , Soft Hackle P.T., or Sparkle Wing RS 2. Dry flies of choice are Stalcup’s CDC Biot Trico Comparadun, AK’s Red Quill, and Mathew’s Sparkle Dun.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing