Eagle River Fly Fishing Report
Last Update: 02/19/17 - With the recent warm up down in the lower Vail valley this fishery will really start to heat up as the days get longer and most of the shelf ice breaks off. The lower Eagle is a good winter freestone option and great place to find solitude. Larger bugs and tippet sizes can be used on the Eagle, a #8/10 stonefly nymph pattern dropped with a #18/20/22 midge imitation (Zebra Midges, JuJubee Midges, Midge Larva, Rojo Midges), Egg, and worm patterns are just about all you need for a productive day of nymphing. Be sure to look for the deeper runs and pools and adjust your weight to get down to the fish. Some days might give up a decent midge hatch so be prepared with a few small midge dries. Slowly swung streamers can also do well here. - Mike Price Professional Fly Fishing Guide Trouts Frisco
- Flow: 12 cfs
- Wind: 0 MPH
- Temp: 15.1 °F
- High/Low: 28/6
- Flow: 62 cfs
- Wind: 1 MPH
- Temp: 24.5 °F
- High/Low: 34/9
- Flow: 141 cfs
- Wind: 4 MPH
- Temp: 21.9 °F
- High/Low: 35/7
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.
Match the Hatch
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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.