Overall River Rating:

3/5

Williams Fork River Fly Fishing Report

Last update- 09/28/2016- The Williams Fork is in great shape and the flows are perfect at 100 cfs. This is also a great place to enjoy the Fall foliage with many of Cottonwoods and Aspen trees along the River. Most of the bigger bugs are done hatching for the season but you can still get away with throwing hopper/dropper rigs with one or two smaller BWO/Midge imitations and a split shot to get them down. Some deeper sections may require a medium white/clear indicator to support more weight and get down in deep pools. Don’t forget to bring a few streamers along as the migrating and resident Browns become more aggressive and willing to hunt a small - medium olive, rust, white, black or tan streamer pattern. Look out for spawning fish to start building redds and avoid wading through any spots on the river bottom that are lighter in color or have fish paired up. - Mike Price Professional Fly Fishing Guide

River Information

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. 


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Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

 

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Shrimp

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

Fall: Baetis, Shrimp 

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22


Seasonal Conditions

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. 


River Access

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.