Williams Fork River Fly Fishing Report
Last Update: 5/21/15: The Williams Fork is fishing well right now and is another great option to escape extreme run-off conditions. The flows right now are at 250 cfs which is high but it is a very manageable flow. The usual spots are holding fish just make sure that you do not underestimate the amount of weight you will need to get down. Also make sure to spend some time looking at the banks because fish will be holding tight against the bank. Most standard flies will get the job done, just be aware of what is happening on the water if fish are targeting anything specific.
- Flow: 265 cfs
- Wind: 1.6 MPH
- Temp: 36.1 °F
- High/Low: 48/31
The Williams Fork river is another tributary of the Colorado worth exploring. The river is divided by Williams Fork Reservoir. The upper section is a classic high mountain stream ideal for a small 1-3wt fly rod and a box of bushy dry flies. The tailwater section below the reservoir is where most people head when fishing the "Willy's Fork". This tailwater can be quite succeptable to annual flows and the fishing can be very tough during low water years. During normal to high water years however the fishing can be superb, offering anglers the chance to catch sizeable, hard fighting Rainbow and Brown trout. This tailwater section is farirly short, coming in at about 2 miles long, before it reaches the Colorado River in the town of Parshall.
Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis
Summer: Mayflies (Tricos, PMD's, Red Quills) , Caddis, Stoneflies (Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones), Terrestrials
Fall: Mayflies (Baetis, Red Quills), Caddis, Terrestrials
The Williams Fork can be fished 12 months a year, however Summer and Fall will certainly be the most productive seasons. Come summer, hatches abound and the dry fly fishing can be phenomenal. Mayflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, and small Stoneflies will all catch fish in both their dry and nymph varieties.
The tailwater section of the Williams Fork can be accessed in two locations.- both of which require approximately a 20 minute hike so make sure to bring some hydration. The river can be accessed off Hwy 40 at the town of Parshall by crossing the Colorado River and walking to the confluence. The other option is to head down County Rd 3, just east of Parshall, like you're headed to Williams Fork Reservoir. There is a DOW parking area on the west side of the road, approximately 1/3 mile south of the Colorado RIver. From here, follow the foot path to the river which is about 1 mile away.