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Eagle River – Tame winter weather of late has had the fish moving around

Tame winter weather of late has had the fish moving around and eating well. The mornings.are still pretty chilly so no need to rush out of bed just to sit bumper to bumper with all the skiers. If you can hit the river around 11:00 or so you should be golden. Water has been opening up everywhere from Minturn to Dotsero with the best fishing taking place between the west end of Edwards through the town of Gypsum. Even though the only bugs you’ll see airborne will be midges, there’s a full buffet down below. Golden stones, plentiful caddis larva, aquatic worms and mayfly clingers have all been seined up in numbers on the lower river. A great sign! Though the majority of your fish will come on small RS2s, WD-40’s, jujubee midges and tiny soft hackles; there are plenty of fish being picked up on hot belly pheasant tails, purple worms, and 14-18 Ryco caddis. You’d be happy to know that the little guys are hibernating and most fish meeting the bag are 17″ plus. Terrible news, I know… Get it while the gettin’s good! We have discounted wade trips out of the Minturn shop but the books are filling quick. Put down the skis and pick up the stick

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