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Williams Fork

14 Day Forecast: Look for hatches of midges and blue winged olives

Effective Patterns:  #20 Barr's Pure Midge Larva, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #20-22 Red Larvae, #20-22 Mercury Blood Midge, #22 Chocolate WD 40, #22-26 Black Beauty, #22-24 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-26 Top Secret Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #18 Micro Hot Tail Flash Egg, #22 South Platte Brassie, #22 Buckskin, #22 Jujubee Midge, #22 Rojo Midge, #20-24 Parachute Adams, #22-24 Matt's Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #20-26 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 excellent considering the time of year and the reservoir level. The best fishing is typically between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. as nighttime lows often dip well below zero in Middle Park.  Stay away from the faster currents and target the slower pools and runs. When a hatch becomes evident, look for rising fish in the tailouts and glassy pools, especially those closer to the dam.

Pat Dorsey Fly Fishing