Eagle River Fly Fishing Report
Latest update: 5/16/2018 -- Below Edwards, the Eagle is sitting around 1200cfs. This means off-color water, but visibility should still be good. Be safe when wading in the swift water. Attractor patterns in the #14-18 range like the Frenchie, Psycho Prince, Pheasant Tail, and Rainbow Warrior are all good options. Caddis larva like Buckskins or some similar imitation are fishing well, and you should have Caddis dries as well in the #14-18 range. There will be some BWO fluttering around, so bring (#16-20) Parachute Extended Body BWO, Challenged Baetis, Sparkle Dun, and Parachute Adams. Tossing a streamer is always a good option: Sparkle Minnows, Thin Mints, Gongas, Dungeons.
- Flow: 125 cfs
- Wind: 0 MPH
- Temp: 40.6 °F
- High/Low: 73/41
- Flow: 1440 cfs
- Wind: 2 MPH
- Temp: 46.9 °F
- High/Low: 80/43
- Flow: 1830 cfs
- Wind: 0 MPH
- Temp: 46.4 °F
- High/Low: 82/42
- Flow: 2560 cfs
- Wind: N/A MPH
- Temp: N/A °F
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.
Winter/Early Spring: Midges, Baetis
Late Spring/Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Tricos, Terrestrials
Fall: Midges, Tricos, Caddis, Mayflies
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.
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.