Williamson River

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7 30 year
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7 30 year
7 am

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Size 18-22 Hairwing Dun, Sparkle Dun. Olive body/dark thorax/white wing, or dark brown/white wing

Slow runs, lakes: standard dry fly, chuck-and-sit


Size 18-22 Rusty Spinner. black body, clear wing, or dark brown/white wing

Slow runs, lakes: standard dry fly, chuck-and-sit

► You might see mid-morning hatches of tricos this month. The tricos are attractive to the smaller resident trout; the big migratory fish usually leave them to the littler guys.


Size 4-10 Madam X, Daves Hopper, Morrish Hopper. Tan/yellow, olive/yellow, green

Bankwater with grass: standard dry fly


Size 2-10 Woolly Bugger, Bunny Leech, Hale Bopp Leech, Possie Bugger. Black, browns, olives

Lakes; backwaters and slow sections of rivers: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift

► The Williamson's biggest trout will respond best to size 8-12 leech patterns and Woolly Buggers in brown or black. Present these on a clear sinking line in the slower water. Work the ledges and drop offs--which you better know where they are because if you're not 60-70 from the fish, you're going to have trouble generating any interest. Use a stutter retrieve: quick one-inch pulls.



Size 10-16 Parachute Ant, Ant. Black, brown, red-brown


► August is not a prime month here. Trout have been well-educated by anglers in recent weeks.

Soft Hackles are another good fly option. Most anglers don't use them here, so trout aren't used to seeing the fly. Try a size 12-16 pattern with a peacock or pheasant tail body, or a gray size 16-18 pattern; put this one behind your leech or Woolly Bugger.

► Sunny days can be tough here. If it's hot and sunny, be very stealthy; you'll do best if you fish early in the morning and late in the day.

► Approach the prime runs carefully and stay as far back as you can. Practice your distance casting before you come here.

► This is a difficult stream to fish well, and a guide is a good idea for those who are unfamiliar with the river and its ways.

► Standard nymphs and red Copper Johns can be good when fished in the riffles.

Grasshoppers and ants are possibilities along grassy banks and near pine trees.


► Most of the access points have been locked up by guides, making this a difficult river for the general public.
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