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Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

Last Update: 04/19/17 - With the recent warm temps and feeder creeks adding a fair bit of color to most of the River you should focus your efforts on the water above Wolcott. The water clarity will be much better as you move up valley but colder nights ahead could put the whole river back in good shape. Larger bugs and tippet sizes can be used on the Eagle and a #10 stonefly nymph pattern such as Pat’s rubber legs, prince nymphs, and twenty incher’s dropped to a smaller midge/bwo/caddis imitation. #20-16 red copper johns, #14-16 UV sallies, #12-16 red and black zebra midges, san juan worms, pink and yellow egg patterns, #14-20 rainbow warriors and other similar patterns work great. 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 bwo/caddis hatch so be prepared with a few small dries. Slowly swung streamers can also do well here. As the temps warm also look for sporadic bwo/caddis hatches.. Zeke Hersh and Mike Price - Trouts Frisco

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. 

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

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.   

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.