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Williams Fork

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges

Effective Patterns:  #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Mercury Midge, #22 Black Beauty, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #18-20 Buckskin, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-24 Matt's Midge, and #24-26 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:

Flows are perfect on the Williams Fork.   It’s hard to go wrong with an egg pattern trailed by a Buckskin, Mercury Pheasant Tail, Mercury Midge, Black Beauty, or Top Secret Midge.   Dry fly enthusiast are catching their fare share on a small Parachute Adams. The fish are moving into their traditional winter lies, so it’s time to stay away from the faster currents and target the slower pools and tailouts.

Notes: If you lost a net, or know someone who has on the Williams Fork, please reach out to me.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing