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Eagle River Fly Fishing Report

Last Update: 05/25/17 - We continue to see those fronts moving through Colorado like this week. The river should run through cycles of clearing and mudding. Look at flows and if there are decent amounts of rain or snow are key. The clarity is pretty good right now but later this week, the melt off can turn the river. Larger bugs and tippet sizes can be used on the Eagle and a #6-#10 stonefly nymph pattern such as Pat’s Rubber Legs,and Twenty Incher’s dropped to a smaller bwo/caddis imitation. Such as #12-16 Pheasant Tail variations, #10-14 Prince nymphs, #12-16 Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ears. Fish have started to be seen at the heads of holes and riffles as well as the deep runs. Caddis and Stone hatches and have seen but not really marketable. Streamer fishing has been hot lately. Brown, olive and black have been pretty successful. Try, Rusty Trombones, Sculpzillas, Grand Master Flashes and more.. Zeke Hersh - Regional Guide Manager.

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. 

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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.