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Old 06-02-2014, 03:45 PM
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Default Williams Fork Tailwater is Decent (as long as flows don't skyrocket)

If you live in Colorado, and you're looking for some tailwater action other than the usual suspects, the Williams Fork tailwater is running higher than normal, but is very fishable right now.

I was there yesterday (for a discharge of 640cfs) for a few hours and was delighted at my fortune of landing 4 great looking brown trout. They were taken on a mixture of golden stones and tan SJ worms. The key was to get the rig down quickly above the run and let if drift into the plunge pool, where the fish are actively feeding during the high water. Additionally, you must dredge your rig, so the use of larger splits is necessary.

If the flows maintain, or even drop (unlikely for awhile), the Williams Fork is a good option if you are in the Grand County area. The other benefit is the hike into the river from the Kemp or Breeze units (off of highway 40 near Parshall) keeps the crowds to a minimum.

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Very nice trip report and photos, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the report! I just moved to the Denver area about a month ago and I'm looking for new spots to go. Unfortunately I just got into the sport upon moving here and now it looks like the only close place I knew of (south boulder creek) is flowing too fast. I have no idea where to go now that isn't 2 hours away.
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Thanks for the report! I just moved to the Denver area about a month ago and I'm looking for new spots to go. Unfortunately I just got into the sport upon moving here and now it looks like the only close place I knew of (south boulder creek) is flowing too fast. I have no idea where to go now that isn't 2 hours away.
Unfortunately, this is the second biggest runoff year we've seen in our 22 years in Colorado. Most years rivers are high but clear by now.

The South Platte in Cheesman Canyon is pumping pretty good but should be fishable. Call the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen for an honest fishing report.



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Don't overlook Williams Fork Lake either. One of my favorite day trips this time of the year is packing up and fishing Williams Fork in the morning. About mid-day pack up and drive to the lack, grill lunch and then toss huge obnoxious streamers into the inlet side of the lake for HUGE Lake Trout and Northern Pike.

I was just out there for an HPD club trip about 3 weeks ago and crushed it in the morning on a pearl midge, juju-baetis (purple) and a tan san juan with a red dot then headed to the lake and landed about 5 Lakers in the 18-22" range along with a 30" norther pike. Talk about one hell of a mixed bag day!
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I've never seen it that high
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Just checked gages... probably not fishable now... (960cfs)

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Thanks for sharing..... Great photos! planning a week or more in CO thinking week after the 4th of July ...Any ideas are appreciated....

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I used to enjoy fishing the WF Res years ago. Part of the excitement was bringing in a trout (and if I remember right, there were salmon too) and having a pike hit your catch as you got it within 5 feet of you! That was a favorite place to go for Northerns on big ugly flies!
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