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

Report Date: February 9 2017

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 Read More


Fly Name Fly Color Fly Size(s)
BH Soft Hackle PT olive/ brown 18
PMX olive, yellow 16
RS2 Grey 18-20


Caddis, Yellow Sallies, PMD's


Major public access sites are the Wolcott put in sites off old US Hwy 6, 1 1/2 miles west of Wolcott and Eagle City Park. If you want to explore some more, there is always this link to keep you experimenting for years: Eagle River Access points Map


River Levels


humidity: 80%
wind: 5mph SSW
H 29 • L 16
Weather from OpenWeatherMap



The run-off has begun but don't pass this up because of the water clarity (nice brown). The river is rising and the bugs are enticing the bigger fish. It is May and the beginning of good fishing for the Eagle river.

Eagle River fishing report Fly Fishing Guide

The Eagle River is a freestone river, meaning that it is directly affected by the conditions Mother Nature imposes. At times water levels are low, making it difficult to fish in certain areas. At other times, melting snow or heavy rainfalls can make the river a raging torrent, impossible to fish. The successful fly fisherman or woman has to go with the flow, choosing a technique and strategy that goes with the conditions.

To avoid wasting a fishing trip, check with Minturn Anglers to determine the stream flow before heading out. This is important, even if you are wading. Fast runs and pocket water make it difficult and even dangerous to wade.

Overall, the Eagle River is a much better nymph stream than a dry fly stream. Expect occasional hatches that you will want to take advantage of, but often you will find yourself in a “no hatch to match” situation. In these cases, choose nymphs and imitations of midge and caddis larvae for the best chances of success. Because conflicting currents make it hard to get a drag free drift, fish in an upstream direction with short casts.

The Eagle is generally considered a very good brown trout fishery. The upper sections can be waded almost anywhere, and the river offers superior pocket water fishing. Count on both wading and floating options for both rainbows and browns below Edwards. As there is more public access to the lower portions of the Eagle, it is more popular and heavily fished at times.

The best way to cover a lot of Eagle water is with a drift boat. This allows you to fish water that cannot be accessed from the bank or by wading because of private property restrictions. Although there is no “best” setup, popular approaches to use from drift boats include nymphs fished below strike indicators, and double or tandem rigs and streamers.

Eagle River fishing report FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

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 Read More

Geckers is low & slow

Vail Valley Fishing is Still Hot Despite the Colder Temps

Fall is chugging along up here in the Vail Valley and fishing is still hot despite the colder temps rolling in a night. The most productive fishing has been down valley near Walcott and Gypsum and lets just say the bugs aren’t getting any bigger. Small BWO patterns are gonna be the secret to success on the surface and as the day goes on the fish are moving into some deeper water and snacking on Read More

Eagle River Rainbow Trout

August Conditions

The Eagle River is at excellent wade levels and fly fishing has been consistent top to bottom. Fish have moved to the faster riffles and are keying in on smaller nymphs. There are still some Caddis and Yellow Sallies flying around so do not hesitate to cast dry flies. That is what is great about fly fishing on the Eagle River, the trout are willing to eat on the surface. The bobber fishing has been Read More

Eagle River Brown Trout

Get One More Float On The Eagle River

The water Flows on the Eagle River  have dropped and we are on the verge of losing the ability to float the Upper Eagle. Regardless of water flows the dry fly fishing has been outstanding. We have been throwing double dry flies from Edwards to Wolcott with great results. Caddis and Yellow Sallies are still coming off in good numbers in the afternoon. if you are wading and fish stop coming to the surface a Read More

Vail Valley Fly Fishing Trips

Eagle River Dry Fly Madness

If you have never seen the Eagle River shine now is the time to experience some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. Caddis and Yellow Sallies are bringing a ton of fish to the surface. Leave the bobber at home and bring plenty of dry shake. The flows have dropped below 800 CFS and clarity is perfect. We are seeing the bulk of the hatch later in the afternoon but fish are Read More

Eagle River Brown Trout

Eagle River Fishing Report Water Is Coming Down… Finally

The Eagle River is still hanging on to the higher flows but despite what we said last week we should see this river drop over the next few days. We though for sure that the Eagle River would continue a steady drop but the extremely high temps have kept it hovering between 1500-1700 CFS. Some of our guides have been anxious to get down the Eagle and have done some float trips with success but Read More

Eagle River Edwards CO

Eagle River: The Caddis Are Coming

We have been paying attention to the USGS Graph in Avon, CO and it appears that our beloved Eagle River has peaked and is on its way down. We still have nearly 1000 CFS to go before the Eagle is completely ready but you should keep an eye on it. When is gets there fishing should be outstanding. We will see what happens to the flows with this heat wave that is forecasted but regardless Read More

High Water On The Eagle River

Eagle River: High Water

We have been getting some calls regarding the conditions of the Eagle River. Right now the Eagle River is very very high and in full run off mode. Current flows are just above 3100 CFS and will remain high for the next couple weeks. Clarity is similar in color to Yohoo and not ideal for fly fishing.  However, the upper sections of the Eagle River are fishing ok and we have been doing guided trips South Read More

Eagle River Brown Trout

Eagle River Streamer Fishing

Fly fishing on the Eagle River has been good but can change with the fluctuating water levels. Now is a great time to float the Eagle River from Edwards to Wolcott. If you have never floated the Eagle River before we recommend that you go with someone who knows the river. Streamer fishing is an excellent technique to be employing right now, especially out of a boat. You will find the majority of fish tight to Read More

Eagle River Vail Women Trout

Eagle River Could Possibly Dive Daily – Plenty of Other Opportunities

Our gorgeous home river up the hill is finally beginning it’s (second) push towards run-off. The river’s been spiking all weekend with warm weather and sun. There is a silver lining though as the forecast is calling for rain. If the temps stay low and the rain stay to the evening. The river could possibly dive daily. No promises but stay in touch. If it’s fishable we’ll get ya out there on some fish! Even Read More

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Access Point(s)

Eagle River Description

The Eagle River begins its journey at the Tennessee Pass, near the Continental Divide and close to the small mining town of Leadville. It flows some 60 miles, first along Highway #6 for a considerable length and then turning westward along the I-70 until it joins with the Colorado River at Dotsero. The Eagle is one of the few remaining large freestone streams in the state of Colorado. You’ll appreciate the variety of waters along the Eagle, from a small alpine stream, to fast pocket water, to a larger river with long runs, riffles and deep pools. The river drops an amazing half mile of vertical distance in its first twenty-five miles. The headwaters themselves are creek size and difficult to reach. The first access is near the Pass at Camp Hale, where the Eagle flows through meadows and beaver ponds. Fly fishing for small trout is popular here. The immediate downstream area is mainly private property. There are several leases that offer excellent access areas. You can again access the Eagle on public land near Minturn and for about 50 miles downstream as it flows through the little towns of Avon, Edwards, Wolcott, Eagle and Gypsum. You’ll find rainbows and browns averaging about thirteen inches in the Eagle between Minturn and Edwards. Here the river grows enough to allow float fishing to begin, with fish in the 18” to 22” size becoming more common. Below Wolcott, expect to catch browns, rainbow, cutthroat and cut-bows, averaging 14” and larger. Be careful wading among the greasy boulders in this area; it’s easy to slip. The river from Eagle to Gypsum is mainly private property, so floating provides the best fishing opportunities. Read more details on the Eagle river.


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