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Fishing Information

Eagle River - Minturn to Wolcott

COLORADO BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
5/5
Flow
21 cfs
Wind
16 mph
Temperature
72 °F
High/Low
73/44
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated July 18, 2020 - 2:34pm

Current River Flow Updates

Latest Update: 7/18/2020 -- Flows at Milk Creek below Wolcott have dropped, now at 356 cfs. Right now the Eagle is fishing great! All kinds of bugs hatching. Watch for rising water temperatures throughout the day, be very careful fishing after long hot days, it is best to avoid it all together when possible. Clearer water calls for thinner tippets and more subtle presentations, they're in there, but they're getting picky!! Fish consciously. Caddis, Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD's and more are all hatching this time of year. Fish are starting to move into the faster water and actively feeding throughout the day. Nymphing and dry/dropper rigs are going to be the best tactic. Some of our favorite flies include: Chubby Chernobyls, Elk Hair Caddis, Pat's Rubber Legs, UV Sallies, Prince Nymphs, Dirty Birds, Copper Johns, San Juan worms, Egg Patterns and more.


River Information

The Eagle River begins high in the mountains near the continental divide. This rainbow and brown trout filled freestone flows northwest along I-70/Hwy 6 through the towns of Vail, Minturn, Avon, Edwards and Gypsum before reaching the mighty Colorado River near the town of Dotsero, CO approximately 60 miles from it's headwaters.

The Eagle River is a bug filled river in every sense of the world. Depending on the season, anglers can expect to find midges, tricos, caddis, stoneflies and multiple varieties of mayflies on any given day.

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.

Additional River Information

Eagle River at Red Cliff

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 21 cfs
  • Wind 16 mph
  • Temp 72 °F
  • High/Low 73/44

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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