The Eagle River is a magnificent fishery, that while not well known, is a consistent producer of hard fighting rainbow, brown, and cut-bow trout. The Eagle River begins outside of Camp Hale and terminates in the Colorado River near Dotsero.


Report Date: January 14th,  2021


Temps have been been pretty consistently cold, and there is a lot of ice to contend with.  Don’t be discouraged, however, as plenty of fish are still being caught, you just have to work for them.  Afternoons have definitely been most productive, so be sure to let it warm up a bit before heading out.  The lower river will likely be most productive, as open water is becoming hard to come by in the upper sections.   Browns are done spawning, but still use caution and avoid walking on redds.

Midges are the predominant food source right now, so small bugs are the name of the game, although an Egg, Leech, or Worm as a lead fly will draw some attention as well.  Dry fly opportunities are few and far between, but the warmest part of the day on sunny days can produce good Midge hatches that can bring fish to the surface or at least up a little bit in the water column.  Fish are definitely hanging out in winter water, so focus your efforts to the deeper, slower, holes. 

Streamers have not been super consistent, but are still picking up a fish here and there.  Deep, slow retrieves are key.   

Please be ethical out there and minimize your fish handling, and avoid walking on Redds. Stop by the shop or give us a call for more information!

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