Fishing Information

Eagle River - Wolcott to Dotsero

232 cfs
14 mph
61 °F
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated April 03, 2020 - 11:03am

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 4/3/2020 -- Flows at Gypsum are at 205 cfs. This section has been fishing good but look for off color water below Wolcott. That said as long as not too off color it can fish great! Indicator rigs have been the most productive method of fishing. Small stoneflies and egg patterns will work well as your attractor fly. Then try some smaller attractor nymphs, tungsten PT's or similar, zebra midges and more and then for your third fly try some midge or baetis patterns. There is lots of food for the fish and fish have been eating a lot of different patterns. Try: UV Sallies, Jigged Rainbow Warriors, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tails, Egg Patterns, Worms, Radiation Baetis, Zebra Midges and more small baetis and midge patterns.

River Information

This section of the Eagle offers anglers a variety of water to fish. From long riffle runs and deep pools to undercut banks and log jams, this is a fly fisherman's paradise. If your looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of I-70 this is not the place for you. Fishing with dry flies, nymphs, and streamers are all productive options on this river. Obviously there is a time and place for everything but don't rule any technique out. The majority of fish you catch will be anywhere from 12-16 inches but 20 inch fish are not uncommon.

Seasonal Conditions

The Eagle is most often fished on foot, which can be done 12 months a year. For anyone lucky enough to own a raft (or know someone who does), it also offers a short float fishing window from April-July in most years. Float fishing this river can be extremely productive.

Home to prolific caddis, stonefly, mayfly, trico and midge hatches, many people flock to this river in hopes of fishing dry flies. Summertime almost always means dry/dropper or hopper/dropper rigs from start to finish and can provide some phenomenal action.

Matching your flies, whether on the surface or subsurface, to the corresponding hatch will almost always result in a fish-filled net. Streamer fishing can also be quite effective from late spring through the fall.


Winter/Early Spring: Midges, Baetis

Late Spring/Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Tricos, Terrestrials

Fall: Midges, Tricos, Caddis, Mayflies

Additional River Information

Eagle River below Gypsum

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  • Flow 232 cfs
  • Wind 14 mph
  • Temp 61 °F
  • High/Low 66/31

Eagle River below Edwards

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  • Flow 115 cfs
  • Wind 13 mph
  • Temp 50 °F
  • High/Low 57/33

River access

The Eagle River has extensive public access and offers angler a variety of different locations to spend the day. One of the best ways access the river is along Hwy 6, which parallels I-70 and passes through the towns of Gypsum, Edwards, Eagle and Avon.

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