Williamson River

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS

N/A 7 30 year
Sprague
nr Chiloquin
0 am 1.61/227 7 30 year
Williamson
Sprague River
1 am 3.56/612 59.7⇓/0.9 7 30 year
forecast

 

What to Expect in July

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Hexagenia
Caddis
Hopper
Leech
Ant

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

The Hexagenia hatch starts in early July. It is heaviest from the Hwy 97 bridge (five miles below Chiloquin) through the lower reaches of the river. During the Hex hatch, use a size 6 Hexagenia Paradrake. A Burks Hexagenia nymph can produce when presented on a bottom-to-top vertical retrieve. Hatches occur after sunset. See Quick Tip: The Hex Hatch for some tips on this hatch.

Other than the hex hatch, 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. 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.

Expect evening caddis hatches. In general, however, you'll pick up bigger fish if you stick with the leeches and Soft Hackles.

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.

The public access points have been locked up by guides, so this is pretty much a private fishery now.

For more information on July fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

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