Williams Fork

Fly fishing angler casting at Williams Fork during autumn with gold-leafed trees throughout the background

14 Day Forecast: Look for flows in the 200-300 cfs range. Anglers should prepare themselves for hatches of PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Red Quills, and Tricos.

Effective Patterns:  #18 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #14 San Juan Worm, #18 Buckskin, #14-18 Bead Head Breadcrust, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Red Quill, #20 Parachute Adams, and #16 PMD.


Williams Fork – Below Williams Fork Reservoir

Flow: 90 ft3/s
Temp: 43 °F
Wind: N/A
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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:

Flows are perfect on the Williams Fork. Fishing has been good for medium sized rainbows and browns. Anglers should prepare for hatches of Caddis, Yellow Sallies, PMD;s and Tricos. Its hard to go wrong right now with a Buckskin, Mercury Pheasant Tail, or Sparkle Wing RS 2. The mosquitoes are really bad right now, so plan accordingly.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing